Moynihan: Ó Sé will bounce back

Seamus Moynihan expects former teammate Tomás Ó Sé to bounce back and learn from his recent disciplinary problems.

Although he feels Ó Sé, 33, will have considered his future after a second two-match ban in the space of six weeks, Moynihan is adamant the 2004 Footballer of the Year will take stock and come back brighter.

“I hadn’t seen Tomás as fit in a long time at this time of year. He’s kept himself in great shape.

“It’s just a pity we don’t see enough of that on the field and that he’s been caught for two sendings-off. It’s probably a lesson for Tomás.”

Moynihan makes no excuses for Ó Sé’s sending off against Laois in Killarney on Sunday, but still felt sorry for him. “Last weekend was just very disappointing. I felt gutted for Tomás. He did rise the hand, it was a sending off offence.

“He’ll know he’s let himself down and let Kerry down but there’s no better man to bounce back.”

Moynihan sees a silver lining in Peter Crowley or Brian McGuire now likely to start at right-half back in next month’s league semi-final.

He just hopes the An Ghaeltacht man doesn’t let the setback get to him. “Once he keeps himself in the level of fitness that he has, and in shape, then Tomás certainly won’t leave Kerry down.

“Here’s hoping that he just keeps with the whole thing because that can certainly bring you down.

“I would imagine Tomás might be questioning whether he wants to stay involved. But no doubt he will.”

One player who can provide a source for inspiration to Ó Sé in overcoming disciplinary travails is Paul Galvin.

Moynihan, who played alongside the pair in winning All-Ireland titles in 2004 and 2006, has been delighted with Galvin’s league form.

“Knowing Paul, he would have been very disappointed after last year. I don’t think he got any starting games in the championship.

“The All-Ireland final certainly didn’t work out for Paul by his own high standards. He came on after 20 minutes and was brought up for a few fouls. He just didn’t get into the game. Paul has worked hard during the winter, played well for his club and kept a high level of fitness.

“He is playing very good football at the minute, very controlled on the ball, winning super breaks, back to the brilliant best Paul was when he was Player of the Year a few years ago. His temperament is very good as well, he’s not getting involved, all positive things. Long may that continue because he is a vital cog for Kerry. “His work rate is immense. The likes of Brian Dooher, Paul Galvin... they are not born — they are made.”

The likes of Crowley and McGuire have been praised to high heaven for their exploits in this league campaign.

Moynihan, who was speaking yesterday at the launch of the 2012 Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps, joins the chorus but suggests Jack O’Connor may be feeling he could have introduced them to the team a bit sooner.

“Who am I to question Jack? But in fairness I think Shane Enright was unlucky to have picked up an injury along the way and Shane is a very sticky back and can play wing-back and corner-back. He’s a jack of all trades and not stuck in one position. He’s trying to get back from an injury.

“But the funny thing about it is Peter Crowley and Brian McGuire are at that same level and Jonathan Lyne certainly did himself favours last day.

“In hindsight, Jack may have looked back and said we should have put in newer, fresher players like Barry John Keane but in fairness Barry John and Daniel Bohane came on in the All-Ireland final.

“He brought in Kieran O’Leary last year and Anthony Maher found his feet with Bryan Sheehan in midfield. There was a lot of changing, Eoin Brosnan came back at centre-back.

“Jack would feel very satisfied that they got to the All-Ireland final but not satisfied with the result.”

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