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Best Goal Keepers You Seen In Our Lifetime

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "I was only a boy, but Ollie Walsh was a great goal keeper."
so heard too...one of the best....

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 09/09/2021 12:03:58    2379028

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"You Have Seen....." is what you meant, I'm sure.

Should the moderator not correct the likes of this in topic headings?

We have to get rid of the seen/done/come plague; it's embarassing to hear some GAA analysts speak like this on national media.

Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 197 - 09/09/2021 12:37:32    2379038

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I've seen clips of Skehan and some of the goals he let in would leave him a long way off being the greatest in my opinion. I said it a few years ago that Eoin Murphy was the best I've ever seen but I do think his form has dropped the last couple of seasons - despite many claiming he will be this years all star. However, for me I'd have him at number 1.
In terms of shot stopping I would say if all the clips from the past 30 years of saves were pulled together. Murphy would have 25 of the top 50 and I don't think thats an exaggeration.

The debate rumbles on regarding the two Fitzs, Cusack and Cummins but they all had different quality traits. Ftizhenry was excellent but I can't help remember a couple of big errors he made - but that all have made errors. People often say McGarry wasn't noticed because of the backline in front of him but I don't think he was on the level of the other 4 anyway.

I think the other keepers in the game at the min are also top class but don't get huge credit.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3124 - 09/09/2021 12:46:43    2379042

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1-Fitzhenry. 2-Cusack. 3-Murphy. 4- Cummins. 5- Fitzgerald. Quaid, Nash, Mcgarry all honourable mentions.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 3341 - 09/09/2021 13:29:20    2379060

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Replying To Aibrean:  ""You Have Seen....." is what you meant, I'm sure.

Should the moderator not correct the likes of this in topic headings?

We have to get rid of the seen/done/come plague; it's embarassing to hear some GAA analysts speak like this on national media."
COULD OF is another shocking one. It's "could've".

Rebel2020 (Cork) - Posts: 55 - 09/09/2021 13:34:36    2379062

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "so heard too...one of the best...."
Ollie was certainly the most spectacular and the most flamboyant. He was absolutely outstanding in the 1967 win over Tipperary despite picking up a nasty wrist injury the day before on the train to Dublin. I believe he was equally brilliant in the drawn 1959 final against Waterford. However, he didn't always shine on the big day. It's hard to believe that in three finals - 1963, 1964 and 1971 - he conceded a total of 16 goals! Of course he was blameless for most of those goals but he certainly could have done better with some of them, especially in the '71 final against Tipperary. Some would maintain that Noel Skehan was a better goalie but he didn't have a great start, conceding five against Cork in 1972, at least one of which was down to a bad mistake on his part. On balance I would say Ollie was better than Skehan but for consistent brilliance I would rate Eoin Murphy higher than either of them.

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 328 - 09/09/2021 20:53:24    2379185

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Replying To Aibrean:  ""You Have Seen....." is what you meant, I'm sure.

Should the moderator not correct the likes of this in topic headings?

We have to get rid of the seen/done/come plague; it's embarassing to hear some GAA analysts speak like this on national media."
Agree totally Aibrean.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 402 - 09/09/2021 21:42:13    2379190

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Replying To midlands:  "Ollie was certainly the most spectacular and the most flamboyant. He was absolutely outstanding in the 1967 win over Tipperary despite picking up a nasty wrist injury the day before on the train to Dublin. I believe he was equally brilliant in the drawn 1959 final against Waterford. However, he didn't always shine on the big day. It's hard to believe that in three finals - 1963, 1964 and 1971 - he conceded a total of 16 goals! Of course he was blameless for most of those goals but he certainly could have done better with some of them, especially in the '71 final against Tipperary. Some would maintain that Noel Skehan was a better goalie but he didn't have a great start, conceding five against Cork in 1972, at least one of which was down to a bad mistake on his part. On balance I would say Ollie was better than Skehan but for consistent brilliance I would rate Eoin Murphy higher than either of them."
A goalkeeper has no one to cover if he or she, makes an error in a match. All keepers can have an off day, but you can be remembered for the mistakes, rather than the good saves. Thing is, move on and focus on the next game.
The role of a number one, has changed over the years, today's keepers are free takers, and their kick outs,/ puck outs are an element of team tactics on match day.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 402 - 09/09/2021 21:49:01    2379193

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Replying To Aibrean:  ""You Have Seen....." is what you meant, I'm sure.

Should the moderator not correct the likes of this in topic headings?

We have to get rid of the seen/done/come plague; it's embarassing to hear some GAA analysts speak like this on national media."
It's not just GAA people in fairness, bad grammar and spelling are (is?) everywhere, what embarrasses me as a gaa man is listening to players/managers say "I suppose" and "dya know" multiple times per sentence.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 951 - 09/09/2021 22:32:03    2379201

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Brian Mullins of Birr playing Senior club hurling for 25 years, not just longevity but a magnificent keeper, rarely makes mistakes, fabulous shot stopper, Murphy, Fitzhenry, Cusack three brilliant keepers but Mullins definitely a contender.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 394 - 10/09/2021 02:30:02    2379219

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I'd say there were many Dublin fans clicking on this link ready to lose the rag

jonjon (Mayo) - Posts: 86 - 10/09/2021 08:46:36    2379232

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Obviously completely under the radar for most hurling supporters but Paul Dermody for Kildare up to 5/6 years ago was a class act. One of the best shot stoppers you'll see and very quick off the line.

I suppose that's the issue with hurling, we see so little of tier 2 and below no one would ever see him in action if not attending a game.

SallinsMan (Kildare) - Posts: 76 - 10/09/2021 09:22:42    2379238

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Replying To Galway9801:  "It's not just GAA people in fairness, bad grammar and spelling are (is?) everywhere, what embarrasses me as a gaa man is listening to players/managers say "I suppose" and "dya know" multiple times per sentence."
You are easily embarrassed. Giving a radio or television interview is I would imagine not as easy as you might think.

ecad123 (Galway) - Posts: 206 - 10/09/2021 10:28:46    2379266

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Replying To tiobraid:  "I've seen clips of Skehan and some of the goals he let in would leave him a long way off being the greatest in my opinion. I said it a few years ago that Eoin Murphy was the best I've ever seen but I do think his form has dropped the last couple of seasons - despite many claiming he will be this years all star. However, for me I'd have him at number 1.
In terms of shot stopping I would say if all the clips from the past 30 years of saves were pulled together. Murphy would have 25 of the top 50 and I don't think thats an exaggeration.

The debate rumbles on regarding the two Fitzs, Cusack and Cummins but they all had different quality traits. Ftizhenry was excellent but I can't help remember a couple of big errors he made - but that all have made errors. People often say McGarry wasn't noticed because of the backline in front of him but I don't think he was on the level of the other 4 anyway.

I think the other keepers in the game at the min are also top class but don't get huge credit."
goals back then were goal mouth scrambles alot and you would be ate in the square during such a scramle..the ball often poked in one handed..they may have looked bad on reflection but a differnt type of hurling when hurls were broke and the ball was about a pound in weight nearly...not like the ping pong used now...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 10/09/2021 17:26:46    2379410

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Replying To ecad123:  "You are easily embarrassed. Giving a radio or television interview is I would imagine not as easy as you might think."
Especially if you really dont want to say too much!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 3341 - 10/09/2021 18:04:32    2379421

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Replying To SallinsMan:  "Obviously completely under the radar for most hurling supporters but Paul Dermody for Kildare up to 5/6 years ago was a class act. One of the best shot stoppers you'll see and very quick off the line.

I suppose that's the issue with hurling, we see so little of tier 2 and below no one would ever see him in action if not attending a game."
Enda Rowland was under the radar for a long time too

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 3341 - 10/09/2021 18:05:39    2379422

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Replying To SallinsMan:  "Obviously completely under the radar for most hurling supporters but Paul Dermody for Kildare up to 5/6 years ago was a class act. One of the best shot stoppers you'll see and very quick off the line.

I suppose that's the issue with hurling, we see so little of tier 2 and below no one would ever see him in action if not attending a game."
Your spot on, he was a fantastic keeper, so reliable.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1391 - 10/09/2021 19:21:04    2379448

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He has been a bit dodgy at times on frees in the past, but Niall Morgan was perfect today.

HokeyPokey (Tyrone) - Posts: 1736 - 11/09/2021 21:11:58    2379773

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Replying To HokeyPokey:  "He has been a bit dodgy at times on frees in the past, but Niall Morgan was perfect today."
He was. Contributed hugely to Tyrone winning, both defensively and in attack! And not a hint of the jitters he had shown in other big games.

His mixing of kick outs was excellent too. Some of the long balls that turned into possession up the field for Tyrone in second half were possibly the winning of the game.

Best goalkeeping performance in a year since Cluxton at his best. Would be my MOTM I think.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 313 - 11/09/2021 21:18:42    2379776

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Replying To HokeyPokey:  "He has been a bit dodgy at times on frees in the past, but Niall Morgan was perfect today."
He was top class, some performance from him.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1391 - 11/09/2021 21:52:27    2379794

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