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"It's Not Soccer": Banty Defends Corduff's Physicality Ahead Of Ulster Club Final

"It's Not Soccer": Banty Defends Corduff's Physicality Ahead Of Ulster Club Final
Nathan Molloy
By Nathan Molloy
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Corduff manager Seamus McEnaney responded with "it's not soccer" after being asked if his side too over-reliant on being physical.

The former Monaghan manager who is also manager of his home club in south Monaghan was talking ahead of his club's clash with Tyrone champions Galbally in the Ulster Intermediate football decider.


In conversation with Andy Watters of The Irish News, McEnaney insists that gaelic football is supposed to be a physical game.

Gaelic football is a physical game and it's suppose to be a physical game. We can play skillfully, or we can play physically. I don't think there's any more cards flashed (in Corduff's games) than there has been at any Ulster senior or intermediate game, there's very little discipline.

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Bad Discipline

The Corduff manager's reference to cards is due to the bad discipline of his team. In the Ulster quarter final against Down club Saval, six red cards were shown with each club receiving three. McEnaney himself was sent off alongside two of his players. However, McEnaney believes that the club have a preference on how to play the game and limit the amount of cards they get.

We've a preference for playing the game as best as we possibly can and limiting the amount of cards we get. We went through the Monaghan championship and we got one red card and seven games. It's a physical game - it's not soccer we're playing - and we feel as a club that we have a lot of good players.

Amazingly there are seven McEnaney's in the Corduff  side: John, Keith, Sean, Dylan, Conor, Gavin and captain Mark


For Corduff, this is their first ever provincial intermediate decider. Galbally on the other hand are more experienced, having reached the final in 2019, losing out to Corduff's rivals Magheracloone. It will be a huge task for the club but with an experienced manager like McEnaney behind them, they have a great chance to win it first time out.

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