Sunday 25 August 2019

Morgan and Hearty slam backpass idea

Tyrone's Niall Morgan. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone's Niall Morgan. Photo: Sportsfile

Tyrone net minder Niall Morgan has joined the chorus of discontent over John Horan's suggestion that the backpass to goalkeepers could be removed from football.

The GAA president said earlier this week that "if you take out the goalkeeper as the safety valve, it allows the opposition to press up much more and draw them out, rather than go behind them".

His comments irked Morgan and Armagh goalkeeping legend Paul Hearty, who took to Twitter to air his frustrations.

"The idea of the pass back to the keeper being outlawed is ridiculous, what if the keeper is joining the attack like Rory Beggan or Niall Morgan sometimes do? So we are just there to kick the ball out not 'play football' Joke," Hearty wrote.

Morgan responded: "Just as the role was becoming interesting for younger people they're going to snap it away because - that's not how it was in the good old days!! Why are they going to outlaw it?"

Hearty replied: "For years to stand in goals was for the lad that just wasn't good enough now it's the most important position on the field. Oh how times have changed."

Morgan added: "It's not going to encourage teams to press up - goalkeepers now create an overlap so if you sit back you will have an extra player to deal with! You have to push up to stop the keeper being an outlet!! Really will limit how many people want to do goals if this happens."

Offaly keeper Patrick Dunican also added his voice: "What sort of absolute nonsense is this?! The few plays that we can get involved in as of now is the only thing keeping me anyway entertained during a game.

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