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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Clarke's goal different class

Jamie Clarke of Armagh. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Jamie Clarke of Armagh. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Jamie Clarke or Ronan O'Neill? Take your pick, ladies and gentlemen.

Two goals scored in the football championship a day apart last weekend, each of rich skill and ingenuity. But which was better?

Those sort of one-on-one openings don't present themselves too often to inside forwards these days so the coolness of each to put their shots past the goalkeepers was admirable.

O'Neill's cheeky left-footed lob of Michael Cunningham in Clones was almost (Antonín) Panenka-like in its deftness but Tyrone were eight points ahead when he scored.

So while he wins on artistic merit, Clarke's inventive drop-touch-and-rounding of Ciarán Kenrick gets our vote for sheer audacity with Armagh just a point up in Thurles at the time.

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