Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cluxton a hard act to emulate

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Surely not Kerry, too. Afraid so. With Bryan Sheehan absent against Cork last Sunday, goalkeeper Brendan Kealy took over as long-range kicker, but missed the target with two first-half '45s'.

He is the latest in a lengthening line of goalkeepers who are being assigned to long-range duties.

It seems every county believes that their No 1 can emulate Stephen Cluxton, who has been consistently accurate for Dublin.

Good for Dublin, but just because it worked for them doesn't mean that every other goalkeeper will magically morph into a deadly sniper.

Besides, what does it say about the standard of kicking among outfield players, especially midfielders and forwards, that they can't be relied on for long-range frees? It was surprising to see such market leaders as Kerry follow the herd on that one.

Still on Kerry, isn't it amazing the number of people who are questioning their All-Ireland credentials after losing to Cork in a game where they missed three goal chances? Kerry didn't do badly in 2009 after entering the qualifiers in round two, did they?

Irish Independent

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