Sunday 17 November 2019

Goalkeeper Beggan apologised to Monaghan team-mates after 'rush of blood' moment in All-Ireland semi-final

Beggan: "I think some of these goalkeepers play outfield for their clubs anyway, so they are probably used to it more than I am, going up the field." Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan has revealed that he apologised to his team-mates following his miscued late point attempt in the dying seconds of the Farney men's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tyrone, describing it as a "rush of blood".

Beggan enjoyed arguably his best season yet as Monaghan's number one and is battling with Dublin's Stephen Cluxton for the goalkeeper's All-Star.

However, he wishes now he had made better use of that possession, which saw his effort drop short and eventually be cleared, as Tyrone emerged victorious to move into the All-Ireland final.

"It was probably just a rush of blood and something I immediately regretted after the game," said the Scotstown man.

"I don't know, I just felt, 'If I come up here, can I help my team any more?' And obviously it didn't impact at all. Look, I thought I was closer than I probably was. I didn't think I was as far out. That's probably from not being up that area of the field too much. Yeah, it's something I regret and I have apologised for. Look it, I wanted to try and help the team and obviously that didn't work out for me.  It was definitely a regret after the game anyway."

"I didn't openly apologise in the dressing-room, I just would have said it to a couple of the lads in passing. But look, we make mistakes, you have to move on, I didn't fixate on it much in the aftermath. I had to focus on the club then and get ready for it."

Learning "(The) players up the field should have been on the ball and I should have given it to them. But look, as I said, I haven't really talked about it since and I don't really like talking about it. It's a learning curve, a steep learning curve anyway."

Beggan scored a point for his club Scotstown in a league match last year and with goalkeepers getting ever more adventurous, he believes a point from play from a goalie is just around the corner.

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"It's inevitable, yeah, it is. Graham Brody, if he doesn't kick one I don't know if anyone will then. Even the day against us he was up on the 21-yard line and still looking for the ball. In fairness to him, he's good at it, he's adventurous and he's sort of brought that model through now of assisting the play. I think it will happen someday.

"I think some of these goalkeepers play outfield for their clubs anyway, so they are probably used to it more than I am, going up the field. I don't think it is going to be a big surprise when it does happen. You look at Niall Morgan there, he plays outfield for his club Edendork, and he's scoring points. So it's not going to be anything different for him coming up the field and scoring."

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