Don’t Stop Revolutionaries Niall Morgan and Rory Beggan
NIALL Morgan and Rory Beggan have revolutionized the role of the goalkeeper in Gaelic football, and there’s more innovation to come from the pair.
Morgan insists that the adventurous approach is just a work in progress, and the versatility of the top-level ‘fly keeper’ can break even more boundaries.
Tyrone’s number one Allstar and his Monaghan counterpart, their warm friendship tempered by fierce competitive rivalry, faced off in another intriguing battle in their NFL opener.
Pushing the other’s kick and pressing forward to support the attack, they offered additional options, with Morgan pushing deep into opposition territory to provide an assist, while Beggan did better, overlapping on the right wing to burst. more than one game point.
“We’re going to push it as far as we can, and there’s a good chance that one of us will get caught in our line at some point, but I think, for all the good we’ve done so far present doing this, getting caught once is not going to ruin it,” Morgan said.
“We’re trying to show that we’re not just here to stand between the posts and take kicks.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the goalkeeper to be an attractive position. At the end of the day, we are given the role and we just do what we can to help our team.
“You’re an extra player, you don’t get marked sometimes, so why not push and try to get some work done?
“Conor McKenna was saying the Aussies couldn’t understand why the Gaelic football goalkeeper didn’t come out on the pitch and create an extra man, they just couldn’t figure it out.
“It’s going to take a bit of getting used to the fact that we’re doing it.
“You still hear the crowd screaming to get back in your net when you step onto the pitch, but it adds to the excitement of the game for us, keeps us on our toes and involves us.”
But Morgan, speaking as he was confirmed as an ambassador for precision goalkeeping gloves, warned that an unorthodox approach to net-minding takes time to develop.
“Obviously we got that bit of experience before we started playing that way.
“The biggest fear is that some club managers assume every goalkeeper can do it and expect everyone to do it.
“But it’s not for everyone. I play on the pitch for the club, Rory has been playing that way with Scotstown for years now, so it’s important that there is a lot of practice on the training ground.
“And it’s important that a goalkeeper is actually able to play that role, that he’s comfortable.”
Meanwhile, Morgan insisted the departure of five members of the winning All Ireland squad last year was of no concern.
The decisions of Tiernan McCann, Ronan O’Neill, Mark Bradley, Hugh Pat McGeary and Michael Cassidy to opt out of the setup were made for good reasons and must be respected, the Tyrone keeper said.
“They all have their own reasons. It can be very easily misinterpreted that five players left the panel, but they all had very good reasons for doing so, and I think they made their own reason public.
“Tyrone is a huge county, and Feargal Logan made it clear to us from day one that he spoke to us that there were well over a thousand players in Tyrone who all wanted to play for Tyrone.
“They will be replaced, and the thing is moving forward. At the end of the day, they left the jersey in a better place for someone to pick it up.
“We will miss them very much, they were all great personalities in the team, and it may be a more difficult role for people to fill than their role as players, because whenever experienced members walk away, it It’s easy for a player to step in and do business on the pitch, but being a real character on the team that adds to team morale is sometimes much more difficult.