GAA pundit Joe Brolly meets his match in studio

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Dungiven man and RTE panellist Joe Brolly met his match on Sunday when he came face to face with GAA pundits from his own neck of the woods.

Willis McLaughlin and Aaron McGrotty from Limavady, and Stephen Mullan from Ballykelly replaced regular commentators Pat Spillane and Colm O’Rourke and, indeed, host Michael Lyster in the RTE Studio in Croke Park.

“Aaron is a big fan of Joe,” said Willis, “and we got to meet Joe when we were there for the All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Mayo.

“Joe took us into the studio. We had a bit of craic and general chit chat and Joe said it was a great game of football.”

The ‘Sunday Game’ panel have been criticised by the GAA over recent weeks for their outspoken comments.

However, in the eyes of the Roe Valley men, Brolly can do no wrong.

“Joe has always been controversial. He was legendary as a footballer and now he’s legendary as a commentator.

While the lads also met Pat Spillane, their priority was to capture on camera their big moment in the studio with Brolly, who had labelled the opening 35 minutes ‘a load of s****’.

However, the second half of the game livened up with the the closing minutes featuring no shortage of drama.

Mayo came from seven points down with nine minutes left to draw their All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin and force a replay.