Sunday 26 February 2017

Gallagher lucky he's got the players to exploit opposition weak links

Colm Parkinson

'[Rory Gallagher] knew Charlie Vernon would follow Michael Murphy, leaving his full-back line vulnerable to the high ball'
'[Rory Gallagher] knew Charlie Vernon would follow Michael Murphy, leaving his full-back line vulnerable to the high ball'

Rory Gallagher identified a weakness in the Armagh defence on Sunday and exploited it. It was simple, calculated and brilliant management. He knew Charlie Vernon would follow Michael Murphy, leaving his full-back line vulnerable to the high ball. The plan worked perfectly.

But Gallagher has the players to do it. How many teams do we now see using Donegal's tactics despite not having the players to pull it off.

Donegal tactics are unique to Donegal. They are, and always have been, a handpassing team. Supporting the man on the ball is second nature to them. It's how they played in 1992 when the won their first All-Ireland.

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