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Tompkins not happy as Larry over rules

By Micheal McGeary

Cork legend Larry Tompkins has hit out strongly at GAA oficials for constantly meddling with the rules.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Munster football championship replay between Cork and Kerry in Pairc Ui Chaoimh he expressed his fears for the future of the sport.

“People will pay good money to go and see the replay, but they want to see a real contest between probably the best two teams in the country,” he said.

“They want to see a real contest, full of intensity and big hits and real manliness.

“They want to see players take each other on fairly and physically without being afraid of being booked or even sent off for Mickey Mouse fouls. The number of people I’ve met who have become disillusioned with the game is staggering.”

Even with home advantage Cork may yet live to regret their failure to put the drawn game beyoond Kerry after leading by four points late in the match.

Cork manager Conor Counihan was left to reflect on two glorious goal opportunities that Alan O’Connor and Aidan Walsh squandered.

“If we had managed to put away either of those goal chances in the second half the game would then have been ours to lose, but then that’s how championship games are won and lost.”

The return of Paul Galvin certainly galvanised Kerry at a time when the game appeared to be slipping from them.

Cork manager Conor Counihan is resigned to again being without both Anthony Lynch and Nicholas Murphy. But Alan Quirke, Graham Canty and John Miskella came through the drawn game unscathed.

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