Joe Canning Is Way Off On Henry Shefflin

Joe Canning Is Way Off On Henry Shefflin
By Donny Mahoney Updated

We love Joe Canning here at Balls.ie. We were eight rows back in the Davin stand and the goal he scored in the first half of the All-Ireland final was probably the most incredible sporting moment we've ever witnessed. That said, we must point out he was way off in criticising Henry Shefflin's sportsmanship, or lack there of. And we're not talking about that 'eight All-Ireland's, GOAT' St Henry malarky that you always hear when people discuss Shefflin. Players do what they've got to do. It just surprises me that Joe could so blatantly ignore the very public art of charity that Shefflin performed for Galway on Sunday.

Look at the facts - Shefflin had a 21 and a penalty in the last ten minutes of the second half. He went for a point twice. He was clearly doing the sporting thing, and saying to Galway, 'we think you deserve more than another scarring defeat and 9 months pondering how you blew an 8-point first half lead against a team you own, I'll put it over the bar. All things considered, you probably deserve a replay'.

Other than abject, spine-tingling, testicle-annihilating fear, we can't think of any other reason why Shefflin wouldn't have gone goal with that 68th minute penalty.

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