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Saturday 25 February 2017

Free-scoring Goulding keeps feet on ground

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Daniel Goulding kicks the winning point against Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Daniel Goulding kicks the winning point against Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

The little shuffle, a careful run-up, the swing of the boot and the ball was on its way through the Tralee mist and between the posts for Cork's winning point against Kerry on Sunday.

Daniel Goulding has carried the dead-ball expertise that decided last year's All-Ireland final into the new season.

Thankfully, he's still kicking the ball off the ground, using a skill that should never have been allowed to be diluted by permitting frees to be taken from the hand.

By all means allow the latter out the field, but when a player is shooting for goal, he should be required to kick the ball off the ground.

Like a good golf shot, it's a beautiful art.

It's more reliable, too, as Goulding continues to prove.

Irish Independent

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