Sheehan queries time free-taking goalies get

Four-time All-Ireland winner Bryan Sheehan has questioned whether goalkeepers have an unfair advantage when taking free kicks.

Following Tyrone netminder Niall Morgan’s five-point haul in the Allianz FL Division 1 final, there have been mixed reviews on the practice. However Sheehan, who has no problem with a goalie taking the free, did question the length of time it took.

“We remember the 2011 All-Ireland final, would I get that long to take a free or would the referee throw the ball in?” he said. “If I was delaying, waiting around, what would happen? That’s my only issue with it.

“Look the game is changing, the Tyrone keeper was their top scorer in the league. I think maybe it’s because some teams do not have a recognised free taker, that roles have changed but we still have a lot of good free takers so providing we are allowed the same time as goalkeepers to take frees, I am not bothered.”

Sheehan has his own concerns at present, trying to recover from an ankle injury dogging him since last year and displacing Anthony Maher or Johnny Buckley from the Kerry midfield.

“I was struggling during the league with my fitness. I had an operation before Christmas on my ankle. I had not kicked a ball since the Donegal game. I played with South Kerry in the championship so the last time I kicked a ball was against Stacks in October, I suppose I left my fitness levels drop and when I came back I was struggling for fitness and I got injured again and that set me back another five or six weeks, where I could not train.

“My first time back training was in the lead up to the Cork game, and since then I have put the foot down and have been working hard.

“I am going to be fighting to get my place back in the team, I will be giving it everything I can but so will Anthony, David [Moran] and Johnny as they will trying to nail down a slot as well. But it’s all over the team, in the forwards and in the backs so it just shows the strength and depth of our squad this year.”


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