Kevin McStay: I was surprised by Roscommon’s defensive set-up against Galway

Galway are ready for next level but others need strength and conditioning work

Tracking defenders is not the natural game of players like Donie Smith or Diarmuid Murtagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tracking defenders is not the natural game of players like Donie Smith or Diarmuid Murtagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was no fault of the teams but there was something terribly dismal about the spectacle in Hyde Park on Sunday and as the game went on the elephant in the room grew bigger and bigger. There is no escaping this. The All-Ireland football championship is broken.

The big tradition of a gala championship is an illusion. There may be brilliant games coming down the tracks featuring the standard bearers. But that changes nothing. It is supposed to be a national contest. But it is not.

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