Wexford legend O’Gorman rages at Duignan’s blast

Wexford legend Larry O’Gorman almost drove his foot “through the television” after Michael Duignan slated the Slaneysiders on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game.

Former Offaly star turned pundit, Duignan, slammed Wexford for dirty play against Dublin in their Leinster SHC quarter-final replay.

While 1996 All-Ireland SHC medallist O’Gorman accepts Wexford “did silly, stupid things”, he was annoyed by the nature of Duignan’s criticism.

O’Gorman said: “I nearly put my foot through the television. I know he had a point to make but it looked like he had something against us. I was at a funeral on Monday and all the talk was about what Duignan said on the TV.

“A lot of fellas said to me that he’d want to remember 1998 and a lot of things about hurling in his day. He went over the top and it could be a grudge against Wexford.”

But O’Gorman admitted that he was “disappointed” by some of the incidents that tarnished the Parnell Park encounter. He said: “I was disappointed in Wexford. Lads don’t set out to do that, so it must be something going on in your own head. Andrew Shore got a hurl into his gut or hip but there’s always a chance of hitting a fella fair and hard. But when you’re hitting him dirty or off the ball...you could do damage to a fella pulling on his head. It comes down to frustration.”

O’Gorman revealed: “John Carroll (Tipperary) hit me in 2001 so hard in Croke Park that he nearly put me into Parnell Park. It was the drawn game, the day I scored the two goals. I got up and thought to myself ‘I’ll meet him again.’ You take it like a man. You have to be cool and calm about the whole thing, and be conscious about what you’re going in to a challenge for. The ball is the most important, not going in to blow lads out of it or pulling wild. Dublin kept their cool more than we did. They were a little bit over the top at times but if you get away with it, you get away with it.”

But O’Gorman has backed his former teammate and current Wexford boss Liam Dunne to revive the Model County’s season through the qualifiers.

Wexford host Antrim at Wexford Park on Saturday, with a fixture against Carlow on offer for the winners. And O’Gorman said: “After looking at the game in Wexford Park (against Dublin) the previous week, you’d say these lads have a lot of fire and guts left in them. The way things panned out and went against us at Parnell Park, it left everyone with a bitter taste in their mouths, to be honest. But Liam is working very hard. He was a very fired-up man and very passionate when he was hurling as well and he’s trying to instil that into the team. Controlled aggression is a big thing as well. You can’t go around doing silly things. It happens every week but when it falls on your own plate and lads get sent off, it makes it look worse.”

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