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'Penalty strike rate will rise as year goes on' - Liam Sheedy

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

Liam Sheedy believes hurling's one-on-one penalty will favour attacking side once strikers become accustomed to the new method
Liam Sheedy believes hurling's one-on-one penalty will favour attacking side once strikers become accustomed to the new method

Hurling's one-on-one penalty will tip the balance back in favour of the attacking side once strikers become accustomed to the new method.

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That's according to Liam Sheedy, who chaired the Hurling 20/20 group that proposed reducing from three to one the numbers of players allowed on the goal line for a penalty.

Cork's Patrick Horgan was the only striker to hit the net from the three penalties awarded in last weekend's championship games. Dublin had no return from two penalties against Galway after David Treacy drove wide and Paul Ryan's effort was blocked by goalkeeper, Colm Callanan.

"It's early days. Penalty-takers are still getting used to the new system. People might have thought that it would be easy to score from 20 metres but the goalkeepers are very good. We all saw the brilliant save by Colm Callanan last Saturday," said Sheedy.

However, he believes that once the strikers become more familiar with the new format, the goal rate will increase towards the seven out of 10-mark.

"The goal rate in last year's championship was around 20 per cent when we had three on the line. We even had instances where penalty takers went for points rather than risk getting nothing. That was giving the advantage to the team that had committed the foul.

"We wanted to re-balance it in favour of the attacking side, which was why we proposed one on the line. I have no doubt that once the strikers get used to it, the goal rate will increase. As well as that, it will add to the excitement when it's one v one.

"I know from talking to goalkeepers that they like the new system. So will the takers once they get used to it."

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