Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Readers back Donegal's right to choose

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

IN the 11 years I have been writing this column, I never got as much reaction as to last week's piece defending Donegal against attacks for the style of play they used this year and the assertion that the handpass was destroying Gaelic football.

Most of the comments supported the view that it was unfair to blame Jim McGuinness for adopting a game plan which, while not being easy on the eye, was within the rules and therefore perfectly legitimate. Mind you, one reader made a particularly interesting observation in defence of Donegal and the handpass, noting that if a soccer team completed as many passes it would be regarded as a delightful manifestation of the sport at its best.

He queried why a Gaelic football team were savaged for using a system where retaining possession was the primary aim. It's a fair point.

Irish Independent

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