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O’hAilpin jumps to Coleman’s defence after Loughnan criticism

Sean Og O’hAilpin has jumped to the defence of his fellow county man Mark Coleman after he received unwarranted criticism from Ger Loughnane following Cork’s draw with Limerick in the Munster Hurling Championship last weekend.

O’hAilpin was speaking on this week’s Super8s podcast where he spoke about the young Blarney club man who claimed an All-Star last year for his displays in defence for the Rebels: “For what I know of Mark Coleman, I was involved with him last year at Freshers level, he is the most unassuming kid you could ever meet. If there’s anyone that’s his biggest critic, it’s himself. He demands a lot out of himself.”

The former Cork hurler believes that Loughnane suspected Coleman was being complacent. He may have come across like that but he certainly wasn’t: “I know the incidents that Ger was referring too. He turned over ball, he got blocked by Graham Mulcahy for the two of them. He came across as being a bit complacent. I don’t think he was but it just came across.”

O’hAilpin felt that complacency crept into the entire Cork side during the second half of the game: “That complacency seems to for about 10 minutes, especially in the third quarter of the game it seemed to seep into Cork right through.”