IN 1890, an Irish businessman and goalkeeper called William McCrum, from the small village of Milford in County Armagh, invented the penalty kick. Up until that point there had been no definitive infringement for fouls that were committed inside of the 18-yard square as well as for intentional handball to stop opponents from scoring He took […]

The northern nights: The team of the Ulster SFC

The dust has settled on the Ulster Championship with Donegal taking the title after another dramatic encounter. Michael McMullan names his team of the championship. 1 Shaun Patton (Donegal) IT’S hard to look past him despite the competition for his spot and missing out against Tyrone with injury. His kick-outs and control of the square […]

Colm McFadden: The buzz is back in Donegal

By Michael McMullan DONEGAL selector Colm McFadden knows a thing or two about Ulster finals. The St Michael’s clubman kicked four points when they ended a famine to land the county’s fifth Ulster title in 2011. His final act of that Clones showpiece was the final nail hammered into Derry. As the clock ticked towards […]

Donegal name team for Sunday’s Ulster final date with Armagh

By Michael McMullan SHAUN Patton has been named to start in Sunday’s Ulster final against Armagh as Donegal aim to lift the Anglo Celt Cup for the first time since 2019. The St Eunan’s ‘keeper went off injured against Derry with Gavin Mulreaney taking over in the win over Tyrone. Patton was listed on the […]

Shane O’Donnell delighted with achieving goal

By Michael McMullan TWO years after making his championship debut in a win over Armagh, Shane O’Donnell will be hoping his second taste of Ulster final action is a winning one. O’Donnell’s two points weren’t enough to stop Derry edging Donegal in an extra-time arm wrestle in Clones to land a first title in 24 […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Go for the gap

By Patrick Morrison ALL goalkeepers want to improve. It doesn’t matter what age, level or reason for playing as a goalkeeper, we all want to feel as if we are becoming better ‘keepers on a weekly basis. Any goalkeeper that is serious about their position will always strive to reach the pinnacle of their ability. […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Football always finds a way

By Patrick Morrison WITH the newest ‘fly goalie’ phenomenon becoming ever present within Gaelic football, I regularly get asked for my thoughts on the evolution of the goalkeeping position. First and foremost I explain that is natural and something that should be embraced and nurtured rather than shunned because allowing it to evolve without resistance […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Master your situation

By Patrick Morrison OVER the past few weekends, we have seen some excellent exhibitions of goalkeeping in numerous matches. Colm Reape (Mayo), Shaun Patton (Donegal), Niall Kane (Down), Shane Ryan (Kerry), Odhrán Lynch (Derry) and probably the best and most all-round performance from Tyrone’s Niall Morgan against Armagh in Omagh. All of the goalkeeping skills […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Glenties face kick-out conundrum

AFTER the tragic events here in Donegal last weekend, the county final was rightly postponed and now it will take place this Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and we pray that they will gather strength from those around them. This year’s county final […]