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Friday 9 December 2016

Casey calamity shows risk not worth reward

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Casey saves a shot from Mayo's Conor Loftus, during the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Final. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Casey saves a shot from Mayo's Conor Loftus, during the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Final. Photo: Sportsfile

Having elsewhere praised Anthony Casey for moving beyond his big mistake against Mayo in the All-Ireland under-21 final, I'm now going to bring the incident up again. Apologies dude.

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It's just that Conor Loftus's match-winning goal raises a couple of interesting questions about the way Gaelic football is played now. Casey isn't the first 'keeper to have a kick-out blow up in his face. Six days earlier Brendan Kealy was caught out in the same way when his restart was intercepted by Paul Flynn, who exacted the maximum punishment. And the 2014 All-Ireland final was decided when Paul Durcan put a kick-out straight to Kieran Donaghy. There will be plenty of similar mishaps at club and county level before the summer is up.

Perhaps the short kick-out could be banned for humanitarian reasons so goalkeepers are not exposed to the possibility of being humiliated in this manner. Whatever about the accurate, medium-range kick-out, the one which barely travels the 10 yards to a corner-back, who may not be at his most alert, is an accident waiting to happen.

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