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Luminosity or Lunacy? Did Ciarán Treacy Do The Right Thing?

Luminosity or Lunacy? Did Ciarán Treacy Do The Right Thing?
By Aaron Strain
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You have to admire the stones on that Ciarán Treacy fella.

Deep into injury time and with more of Croke Park to himself than any man would ever want, the Ballina Stephenites smashed home to the bottom corner of Shane Ryan's goal to seal victory for Mayo over Kerry in the National League Final. Whilst just about old enough to remember Mayo's last league title in 2001, at 23, he's just about young enough to not yet have been bitten by the fear - not many get the chance to throw in a right foot left foot solo combo in their careers, you saucy man!

Despite Treacy's heroics, debate raged in the Three Man Weave studio this week as to whether or not Treacy had flaunted one of the game's long-held etiquettes by snubbing the traditional injury-time fisted score at a point up


Was it luminosity or lunacy from the match winner? Catch all sides of the lad's argument from 3.40 on.

Here's a flavour of what to expect.

Maurice: Aidan O'Rourke made the case in his column that "it may seem ridiculous to say, but even the clinching goal from Ciarán Treacy demonstrates that lack of game management. All's well that ends well, but given the game circumstances and that Shane Ryan was closing Treacy down fast, a point would have killed Kerry's comeback momentum and sealed the game".

That's a level of conservatism I would hate to see, for the one reason that it's counter-Mayo. The whole point of Mayo is that it's all or nothing, going gung-ho and the idea that he would play it safe in that scenario...

What would have been typical of Mayo is that he did place it safe, put it over the bar and Kerry went up and scored a goal and won anyway. You kill the game there and then.

Mark [to Aaron]: You're not in agreement, are ya?

Aaron: Well look, I mean it's obvious he had the confidence. It comes down to how confident you are whenever that ball comes across to you. You're in acres of space. You've only one man to beat, but you know you can fist it out over his head and you know you're a point up.

Maurice: But Jesus, Aaron. Can you imagine saying to Owen Mulligan, listen Owen I know you went through there, you're after beating half the Dublin defence, but stick it over the bar. Or Kevin McMenamin for Dublin. Same kind of angle, but stick it over the bar and take your points.

Mark: They are different scenarios though. Like Owen Mulligan's was in the middle of the second-half. Whereas you're talking...

Aaron: ...three minutes into injury time or two minutes into injury time. Look Maurice, I would have fisted that point everytime. But let me tell you, as soon as I seen it hit the back of the net, I turned around and said, "What about the balls on that fella to put it into the back of the net, so fair frigs to him. But Jesus, he'd have looked an awful arsehole if he'd have missed that shot and Kerry had gone up and scored a point.

On this week's podcast, we spoke to Mayo League winner Jason Doherty about what the westerners do next. Mark and Maurice gave you a rundown of hurling's greatest stickman whilst Aaron still fumbled over what exactly a stickman was. Plus, hear the end of the divisive fisted points discussion as Mark Farrelly takes to measuring the width of a set of goals in his native Cavan. You can listen on Spotify, iTunes, Pocketcast or any podcast platform.

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