Legendary Cork goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack has hailed Tipperary's Eoin Kelly as the fiercest goal scorer he faced throughout his illustrious career.
Speaking on this week's RTÉ GAA Podcast, the retired netminder praised Kelly as "one of the most aggressive forwards that I ever came across.
"I think he kind of took that D’Unbelievables line of 'every blow being a funeral’ type spirit into the game even though he had the ability to not give off that impression. But he was a ferocious tackler and competitor," said Cusack
The three-time All Ireland winning goalkeeper also paid tribute to the Premier County’s Lar Corbett. The Thurles Sarsfields forward scored 29 goals throughout his career.
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"Lar was a lethal finisher if you gave him a chance and really intelligent as well," said Cusack
"I remember going to watch Lar play a club game down in Cork a week before we played the Munster final in the mid 2000s and every shot Lar hit he hit it back across his own side, the natural side to the far corner he was going through.
"I don't know if he’d seen me on the bank or whatever but, Munster final 2006 Lar was straight through. I’m after seeing three goals 10 days previous being struck into the same side from Lar, so I’m waiting for him to hit to that side. He hits exactly to the opposite side and wrong-foots me.
"One of the best things I’ve seen in the best forwards that they actually break their wrist when they’re coming through. They can almost wait for the goalkeeper to make a slight movement and then they can just change their wrist position at the last movement."
The next man to spring to mind for Cusack was Waterford’s All Star player, Dan Shanahan.
"Dan Shanahan deserves a good mention there as well," he said
"I remember my Dad was telling me he was watching Laochra Gael there a couple of years ago and Dan came on. He said he was actually looking forward to watching Dan play until he realised how many goals Dan scored against myself over the years. But he does deserve a mention there as well."
A notable absence of Kilkenny players on Cusack’s list provoked the RTÉ GAA Podcast presenter Des Cahill to question the omission.
"There’d be none of them that actually stand out there unless I’m wrong and I’d be happy for ye to call it out," said the three-time All-Ireland winner.
"We actually had a really good record against Kilkenny when it came to conceding goals in big games and maybe that’s why it didn’t stick in the head.
"But I take your point about [DJ] Carey. Carey to me was probably a better hurler than all of those names that you called out. The likes of Eddie [Brennan] and Sheflin were more surgeon-like. If they got a chance, they were going in there and they were going to do the business. But Carey was bordering on a genius for me."