Beggan named to start for Monaghan’s trip to Killarney

RORY Beggan has been named to start for Monaghan tomorrow as they kickstart their All-Ireland charge against Kerry in Killarney. Beggan, who started between the sticks against Cavan in the opening round of the Ulster Championship, has recently been on trial with NFL franchise Carolina Panthers, but is named as Vinny Corey’s number one. Monaghan […]

Ulster ‘keepers to take part in further NFL trial

By Michael McMullan Ulster GAA goalkeepers Rory Beggan and Charlie Smyth have another chance to impress scouts from NFL club at trial in Florida on Wednesday. Along with Wicklow goalkeeper Mark Jackson and another Irishman, Darragh Leader, they will take part in a NFL pro day at the University of South Florida. It will involve […]

Two Ulster GAA ‘keepers sign with US sports agency

By Michael McMullan GAA goalkeepers Rory Beggan and Charlie Smyth have taken the next step in their hopes of clinching an NFL contract. Pro Football Ireland reported that Farney star Beggan, the recent Gaelic Life goalkeeper of the year and Down’s u-20 winning goalkeeper Smyth have signed with a US-based sports agency. Paul Sheehy, President […]

Steve Williams: Keeping up with change

Steve Williams is the man who discovered and harnessed the talent of Rory Beggan. The former soccer goalkeeper was also part of Glen’s All-Ireland success story. He chatted with Michael McMullan… ABERYSTWYTH is not exactly a GAA stronghold. A native Welsh twang still hugs Steve Williams’ every word. But that’s as far as it goes. […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Raise your standards

By Patrick Morrison TO reach the top and become the best takes a massive amount of time and effort to perfect your goalkeeping. You will spend hours and hours refining your skills with the aim of improving your performances between the posts. Ultimately, it is important to understand that perfection is unattainable. That is because […]

STEVEN POACHER: Beggan will be key

I HAVE long been an advocate of trying to create overloads in a game of football. What I mean by overloads, is trying to manipulate a situation within a game where you create a 2v1, 3v2, 4v3 or even 3v1, 4v2 type situation anywhere on the field where you try and overload the opposition and […]

JOE BROLLY: Roll up and watch Rory

RORY Beggan kicked a three in-a-row of gravity-defying points on Sunday to slay Kilcoo and didn’t get the Man of the Match. It was the most extraordinary display of long-range kicking I have ever seen. Add to that the fact that all of the kicks were under the most tremendous pressure with the outcome at stake, […]

JACK MADDEN: The journey goes on

By Jack Madden PROCRASTINATION. July 14th, County Monaghan. “Friday night, I’m going nowhere. All the lights are changing, green to red. Turning over TV stations Advertisement Situations running through my head.” Anticipation. July 15th, County Dublin. “Saturday, I’m running wild And all the lights are changing, red to green. Moving through the crowds I’m pushing […]

Chance to upset the applecart

ALL-IRELAND SFC SEMI-FINAL Dublin v Monaghan Saturday, Croke Park, 5.30pm Live on BBC and RTE By Niall Gartland Advertisement THERE was an uncanny feel to Dublin’s second-half steamrolling of Mayo a fortnight ago. For the last few years there’s been a stange listlessness to the Dubs – comparatively speaking of course – but when they tore into Mayo […]