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Harry Redknapp: I'm not sure I've ever seen a more dramatic finish

Harry Redknapp and Niall Cahalane Castehaven GAA Club Manager

16 Aug 2018

Posted in:  #Rivals

All Crouchy had to do was hold onto the ball! That was the most dramatic finish I'd ever seen seen before this one between Castlehaven and Erin's Isle

Was it a goal or not? That's obviously the big question about that famous game between Castlehaven and Erin's Isle.

I've seen the video of it, and I've got to say it was one of those games where you just couldn't believe how it ended. I couldn't believe Castlehaven lost it! Being in front like that and then at the last second, they hit the post and the ball rebounds out to one of the opposition. Then, for them to score as they did, with a shot that hit one post and then the other - and the row over whether it crossed the line - that was a tough way to lose a game.

I'm not sure I've ever seen a more dramatic finish though, I might have one. When I was manager of Southampton and battling to avoid relegation, we were leading Everton 2-1 with less than a minute to go, just a matter of seconds left really. Peter Crouch had the ball running down the right touchline. Now, he's only got to keep the ball in their corner, or just get us a throw-in or kick a wide, anything really, just HOLD onto the ball!

But, then Crouchy hits a cross shot. There's no one up supporting him, not a chance really. It would have been a miracle score if it'd gone in. It goes straight to their goalie's hands and he's kicked it first time. Duncan Ferguson flicked it on and their centre-forward hit a volley into the back of our net; 2-2 and the ref blew the whistle! Losing them three points got us relegated.

I'd come to Southampton late that season, when they were already stuck at the bottom. If we'd won that day we would have stayed up but that's sport, innit?

I couldn't blame Crouchy. He was a fantastic player who saved us on many an occasion and played for me in Portsmouth and Tottenham too, so what could you say? That's football, you've got to take the rough with the smooth and the GAA is the same.

We've played a practice match locally, and I've got an idea now about the game of Gaelic thanks to Niall (Cahalane) and what I've seen so far. It's very similar to football, really. When you haven't got the ball, you have to work hard to get it back and, when you get it, you've got to work hard to keep it!

You've got to help each other and make angles. In our practice match I felt we had too many shots from too far out. We weren't patient. The ball went from back to front too quickly. We need to move it through the lines more - play and move, play and move -  until you work your way up the field and open teams up.

The principles are the same as football and even the way you're using sweepers in Gaelic, you can see that. You've got to hold onto the ball and be patient. That's probably why I like it so much as a game. The biggest difference as a coach is that you've got to really work with the team you've got because you've got no transfer system because they ain't being paid.

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