Friday 28 April 2017

Referees need reminder to start minding the steps

Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone, in action against Sean Hurley, Kildare
Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone, in action against Sean Hurley, Kildare

Ger Gilroy

Thankfully this won't appear as just sour grapes because I had the foresight to tweet about it a week earlier, but what is the story with forwards in hurling and football bearing down on goal and the number of steps permitted?

I could bore you with a long pained investigation into Kildare's inability to see out Sunday's game against Tyrone, delving deep into the psyche of the side that couldn't just hack down (ironically) a Tyrone forward in those last 20 seconds.

I could mention the scoring opportunities passed up and the sideline ball in the last minute kicked backwards into the surprised hands of a Tyrone forward. Instead I'm pointing out the special secret rule that applies only to forwards chasing a game – take as many steps as you need, the referee won't whistle.

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