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Kieran Donaghy Would Like Expanded Role For Kerry Keeper

Kieran Donaghy Would Like Expanded Role For Kerry Keeper
By PJ Browne
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Shane Ryan was back between the posts for Kerry in Saturday evening's Munster semi-final against win Tipperary in Thurles.

Ryan, who has been Kerry's first choice goalkeeper under Peter Keane's management, missed the Kingdom's league campaign due to a knee injury. Kenmare man Kieran Fitzgibbon deputised during the league, and while Ryan was on the bench for the quarter-final win against Clare.

Former Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy, now part of the Armagh management team, would like to seen Peter Keane use Ryan in a more expansive role which sees him involved in play beyond his usual station. That would be a role similar to Niall Morgan for Tyrone and Rory Beggan with Monagahan.

Kieran Donaghy on Kerry keeper Shane Ryan

"What I like about Shane, and where I'd like to see Kerry use him more..." Donaghy told Sky Sports before Saturday's game.


"Shane Ryan is a fantastic footballer, plays full-forward for his club in Rathmore. I've seen hm kick six or seven points against us (Austin Stacks) in a County League game or two.

"As a goalie, in the modern game, we should be looking to use that, and get him out the pitch, and use that skill level, and decision-making on the ball, and being an extra man to help us up the pitch quickly.

14 September 2019; Kerry goalkeeper Shane Ryan in action against Con O'Callaghan of Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Championship final replay at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"That's somewhere he can add to the game as well. He's also a massive man. He's 6' 4". Thankfully, with Seanie O'Shea, we don't need a set piece guy. He's also a guy that kicks frees for his club.


"He's a really good footballer, a really intelligent guy, a good shotstopper as well. We'll be looking for all those facets from him today.

"He had a little tweak in his knee. It's interesting to see him coming back into the fold because it's such a vital position in the modern game. It's something that all Kerry fans will be looking for what Shane Ryan brings to the fold."

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