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'Kerry at their lowest ebb would never allow that to happen' - Joe Brolly tore into Cork last night

Dublin had it all their own way in Sunday’s National Football League Division 1 final.

Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan and Noel Galvin: Cork trio come to terms with their 11-point defeat.
Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan and Noel Galvin: Cork trio come to terms with their 11-point defeat.
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JOE BROLLY LAST NIGHT slammed Cork for “quitting” in their National Football League final trouncing by Dublin.

Brian Cuthbert’s side were on the receiving end of an 11-point hammering as the Dubs wrapped up their third straight Division 1 crown.

Cork scored just one point in the opening 25 minutes, and managed just three scores from play in total, as they went down 1-21 to 2-7.

It is the second time as many years that the Dubs have inflicted a serious league defeat on their southern rivals. In last year’s Division 1 semis, they came from 10 points down in a remarkable comeback to win by seven.

That reverse seemed to have a knock-on effect on Cork’s Championship campaign and Brolly believes the same will happen again, labelling the Rebels’ 2015 season as dead.

“It was so humiliating,” Brolly blasted on League Sunday.

I thought of the difference in self-respect of, for example, Kerry compared to Cork. Kerry at their lowest ebb would never allow that to happen.

“Cork, they quit, and they quit so suddenly just as they did in the semi-final last year.

“I think that’s the end of them for this year. It was such a bloodless effort.”

He added: “They quit. You can sense it in the way a team plays without spirit.

“After 12 minutes the score was 0-5 to 0-0 and the game was over. I was at the ground and the game was over.

It was very slack. The Dubs were able to do as they will. Now the Dubs at times looked very, very good but they will look like that unless you bring war to them.

“The point that I’m making is that Cork are not Derry. Cork are a team with serious pretensions, prior to today, to do well in Championship. They were coming here today to test themselves and that’s the outcome.”

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