Thursday 19 April 2018

Legends insist black card is an attacker's dream

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TWO of the finest forwards in modern Gaelic football believe the 'black card effect' will remain intact and make this summer's championship an attacker's dream.

Former Armagh ace Steven McDonnell and Down legend Mickey Linden both believe that the positive benefits of the black cards – which raised average scoring rates and lessened cynical fouling during the Allianz Leagues – will continue in the heat of this summer's championship.

Sunday's derby between Tyrone and Down is the centre-piece of the first big weekend of championship action, but both believe that even such rivalries will be affected by the change.

"I saw a much more open game in the league campaign, it was much more like it was in the late '90s and I think that is going to to continue," Linden said.

McDonnell even went so far as to admit that had the black cards come in earlier, he might not have retired in the middle of 2012.

"Looking at this year's league campaign almost tempted me back," the Killeavy star admitted.

Irish Independent

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