Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cork keeper O'Halloran's fears over penalty ruling

Cork footballer Ken O'Halloran
Cork footballer Ken O'Halloran
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CORK football goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran believes the new interpretation of the hurling penalty rule will lead to more cynical play.

O'Halloran, who won Munster hurling championship medals with Cork at both minor and U-21 levels as a goalkeeper, believes the new rule makes it too difficult for players to score goals from penalties.

"I've played a bit of hurling and I just think fellas will give away penalties if there is a goal chance on," said the Bishopstown clubman.

O'Halloran has taken penalties for his club and would like to see the numbers on the line reduced to just one in light of the new regulations.

And he agreed that even the Rebels' Anthony Nash will struggle to score goals under the new rules.

"I wouldn't be very successful with them. I just think in hurling, I'm not sure what the ratio is, but it's tough enough to score penalties in hurling anyway with three fellas on the line. It's a massive weapon gone for Cork, which is unfortunate.

"I could see fellas just taking their point. You'd really need to hit it well. It's difficult enough to score against three fellas as it is."

Former Cork defender Diarmuid O'Sullivan also voiced his disapproval of the rule change believing it will encourage defenders to commit more fouls.

"So a man perfects a skill, they penalise him for it... they hand a licence to kill to defenders," tweeted the former Rebel full-back.

Irish Independent

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