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Peter Canavan Feels GAA Must Tweak Use Of Penalty Shootouts In Championship

Peter Canavan Feels GAA Must Tweak Use Of Penalty Shootouts In Championship
By Gary Connaughton

Sunday's clash between Galway and Armagh produced no shortage of talking points, and while the headlines have been dominated by some unsavoury incidents that took place outside the action on the pitch, the way in which the contest was decided has also caused plenty of debate.

Galway became the first team to win a senior men's All-Ireland quarter-final via a penalty shootout, something that many people were unhappy about. This method of picking a winner has only been present in the GAA for a few years and is now being used much more widely than had previously been the case.

Many, including victorious Galway manager Padraic Joyce, are not enthused by the prospect of them becoming part and parcel of Gaelic games. While they are likely here to stay, should some tweaks be made?

Peter Canavan on use of penalty shootout in GAA

Peter Canavan would be in favour of changing up how penalty shootouts are currently being used.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, the Tyrone legend said that while he is not against their use in the GAA, the parts of the championship in which they are employed should be limited.

I have no qualms with penalties deciding club games, or intercounty matches in provincial championships and qualifiers.

We are competing in a condensed season and I get that.

But from the All-Ireland quarter-final stage onwards, I think teams would be happy to play a replay, even if it meant having to compete three weeks in a row.

You are not altering the calendar in such an instance. You are just adding an extra fixture.

It's a much better way of determining big games than penalties.

I know some have argued that the tie-breaker should be free kicks or 45s. But it's not like penalties are not part of Gaelic football. Some people are suggesting that we're only doing it because it's a soccer thing.

Whether we like it or not, it is part of our game. And I can see why penalties are used.

The GAA brought penalties to the All-Ireland series this year in order to combat the condensed calendar, so it will be interesting how much they are used in the years ahead.

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One thing we do know is that look here to stay to some extent.

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