Wednesday 21 February 2018

McGlynn filling McHugh sweeper role with aplomb

Frank McGlynn was in impressive form as Donegal progressed in Ulster
Frank McGlynn was in impressive form as Donegal progressed in Ulster

Colm Parkinson

Donegal were back to their defensive best on Sunday, suffocating the Derry attack into surrender.

With Mark McHugh sitting in the stand, his sweeper role was given to Frank McGlynn, who did an excellent job. Starting at wing-forward, McGlynn wasted no time in retreating to his position in front of the Derry full- forward line.

Sweepers have two primary defensive duties. The first is to read the game and attempt to intercept kick- passes into the full-forward line. When this isn't possible, their second job is to double up on opposition forwards, helping to force turnovers. Donegal do this better than anyone.

I regularly see players from various counties attempting to play the sweeper role who think they are back there for an easy day at the office covering space and not marking anyone. It's actually a tough, exhausting job, especially when you factor in the sporadic attacking element to it. McHugh is the best I've seen play that position, but Donegal are in safe hands with McGlynn.

Irish Independent

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