Kildare secured an unexpected victory today over Roscommon in the final round of the All-Ireland Football Championship group stage, and in the process, a home fixture for their preliminary quarter-final.
The win was sealed in the final moments by Kevin Feely, when he fielded an advanced mark to win a free-in, which he duly converted, stealing the game for Kildare by a score of 1-16 to 1-15.
While discussing the play on The Sunday Game this evening, ex-Dublin player Paul Flynn shared his unhappiness with the advanced mark rule, before Peter Canavan explained the benefit of the law.
Paul Flynn: Credit to Kildare today, they came out with the bit between their teeth, but, the mark's not for me. I don't mind it me 36 years of age trying to play club football, and I get the odd mark and I get a free.
But I want to see contests, even when they're long kicks in. You want to see one-on-one defending. And even with those little short ones, the coaches are getting better at picking out those twenty yard kick passes.
Peter Canavan: The argument to that Paul would have been if there's no mark then that ball wouldn't have been kicked in. If it was kicked into the corner, it would have ended up coming out again.
And I know Tomás made the point last night that the mark should be extended from outside the 40 to inside the 20 metre line, and you would have more long kick passes.
So in fairness to the marks that they got today, there were very few short ones, they were all delivered from distance. And when you're good enough to win it, I think you're entitled to kick it over the bar.
Paul Flynn And Peter Canavan Disagree Over The Value Of The Advanced Mark
"The mark is not for me"
Paul Flynn and Peter Canavan have their say on teams' use of the advanced mark
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