A Large debt of gratitude will be owed to Seán O’Shea and Rian O’Neill in yrs to arrive. Equally of these fellas have shown to the whole place in superior-octane moments the relevance of obtaining a trustworthy free of charge-taker able of putting the ball over the bar when every little thing is at stake.

I have prolonged been an advocate for a lot more frees to be taken from the ground, especially from outfield gamers. No disrespect to goalkeepers, but they need to not be the only kinds able of placing the ball above the bar from 60 yards out.

I’m a passionate believer in scoreable frees becoming taken off the floor. How could I not be? I grew up looking at artists ply their trade in this regard. Fellas like Charlie Redmond, Brian Stafford, John Toner, Ross Carr, Anthony Tohill and Trevor Giles from the 1980s and 1990s and fortunately I bought to perform together with Oisín McConville and Colin Corkery. The record goes on but every single and each individual 1 of them the place leading-course exponents of kicking frees off the floor.

The elegance about Rian and Seán’s splendidly-struck kicks have been the distinctive angles from which we have been equipped to watch them across a lot of social media networks over the last handful of weeks. I have seen both equally kicks from each angle possible and when you witness them, notably from driving and see the ability in judging the curl of the ball to perfection and obtaining the distance after 70-moreover minutes of vitality-sapping Championship football, then you basically just have to sit back and admire what both of those of these men have finished.

The no cost kick from the floor is now again in vogue and not before time. The media protection has contributed to this but long run generations of footballers really should now be motivated by these two kicks by yourself, that they will want to set the exercise in and emulate them in the long term.

There has been numerous a discussion all over the region due to the fact O’Shea kicked Kerry into the All-Ireland final, as to which cost-free kick was basically much better. In Rian O’Neill’s situation, his kick was to hold his team in the Championship with no second probabilities, for O’Shea, it was to get his group to the All-Eire remaining figuring out that at minimum more-time was heading to be the other solution if the free was missed.

Relying on what part of the state you are from will determine which absolutely free-kick you thought was the greater. It practically reminds me of the continuous discussion amongst Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If you are any way affiliated to Manchester United then much more than probably, you will sway to Ronaldo. Most of the relaxation will sway to Messi. There is no correct or wrong, although.

Armagh’s Rian O’Neill is a expert exponent of kicking frees from off the floor Image: Philip Walsh.


We should value the strikes both equally for exactly what they ended up, which was two very long length kicks that necessary a good deal of skill and a ton of nerve to mail the ball about the bar. Enjoy them for showing us all what unlimited several hours of practice can do. It was no coincidence or luck that acquired the ball in excess of the bar. These lads feel in kicking from the floor and have been ready to put the get the job done in to perfect their approaches. I applaud them both for that and for showing me, that perhaps the artwork of kicking frees from the floor is not dying a dying, but maybe a revival is on the playing cards.


Wanting forward to this weekend’s All-Ireland remaining, Kerry are undoubtedly favourites supplied what they have developed all through the time. They have been the most reliable staff across the nation in League and Championship and with the reward of David Clifford, Paudie Clifford and O’Shea in the form that they are presently in, the fancied tag is rightly bestowed on them.

Does this suggest that Galway don’t have a opportunity even though? Undoubtedly not. Galway have additional than adequate firepower in the type of Damien Comer, Shane Walsh, Rob Finnerty and Johnny Heaney to cause any team challenges and while Kerry have tightened up their defensive framework this yr, this Galway staff are much more than capable of obtaining pockets of area in entrance of goals and developing prospects for on their own.

Jack O’Connor is again at the helm for a single purpose only, which is to gain an All-Ireland. Pádraic Joyce has made it obvious from the outset of his tenure that it has only at any time been about successful an All-Eire and he stated as considerably once again soon after Galway won the All-Eire semi-closing. He was a natural chief and winner as a participant and whilst Kerry are my decision to earn it, I wouldn’t rule out Joyce becoming king of the Tribesmen after once again.