"He's a very good footballer, that's all I can say about him really"

May 13, 2022

Mayo's Padraig O'Hora and David Clifford of Kerry clash ©INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo defender Padraig O’Hora said he enjoyed the experience of the game that saw him marking Kerry’s ace David Clifford in last month’s Allianz Football League final.

Clifford hit 1-5 as the Kingdom cruised to a 3-19 to 0-13 victory at Croke Park to claim the Division 1 title.

O’Hora was criticised afterwards for his approach towards marking Clifford and, speaking to RTE Sport this week, the Ballina Stephenites man said there wasn’t anything malicious in his duel with the 23-year-old.

"There is nothing to say," O’Hora said of the moment they squared up to each other off the ball. "I wish there was a good story behind it but there's not. There's nothing funny there, there's nothing malicious.

"You play the game the way you play. The game was what it was. A few clips go out and everyone pays attention to it. You're on the pitch for a long time and you don't have to stay on the pitch in silence.

"I enjoyed the experience of the game. It didn't go the way I wanted it to go, but that's life.

"He's a very good footballer, that's all I can say about him really. I'm really fortunate to mark really good footballers all the time.”

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