Saturday 10 December 2016

How long can it be before we get scoreless football match?

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

'There are already fears at national level that the public are reacting negatively to defence-driven strategies'. Stock Photo: Sportsfile
'There are already fears at national level that the public are reacting negatively to defence-driven strategies'. Stock Photo: Sportsfile

First, there was the 0-3 to 0-2 result in a Donegal senior club football game. Now comes a 1-2 to 1-2 result from a Meath intermediate clash.

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How long before a 0-0 to 0-0 finds its way into our 'Gaelic Games' scoreboard on Monday? Okay, so two low-scoring games may not be proof of seriously sterile times ahead, but with a growing concentration on the defensive side of the game, it remains likely that overall scoring rates will decrease.

There are already fears at national level that the public are reacting negatively to defence-driven strategies, so clearly there's a risk that this could extend to the club scene.

The knock-on impact could be serious, not least for county board finances.

Of course it's scarcely surprising that the public are getting restless, since the entertainment value of games where anything up to 26 players are in one half of the pitch, handpassing ad nauseam, is negligible.

And still there's no sign of this game-destroying problem being addressed.

Irish Independent

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