Supple is back between the posts

FORMER Ipswich Town keeper Shane Supple is back in goal.

Elvin King

FORMER Ipswich Town keeper Shane Supple is back in goal.

The 22-year-old, who shocked the football world by quitting the Blues and going back to Ireland last month, was between the posts for a Gaelic football match in his native Dublin this week.

He conceded two goals on his debut for St Brigid's in a Dublin senior football championship (club) cup quarter-final that they lost 2-13 to 2-12 against St Judes.

There was prior warning that Supple would be making his debut, a crowd of around 2,000 turned up to watch a game between two amateur sides.

Supple is remaining silent about his future plans after giving up football because he had 'fallen out of love with the game'.

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All 15 players in a Gaelic football match can handle the ball - with a specified keeper whose main job is to stop the ball entering the lower part of the goal that is higher and narrower than a football goal.

Points can also be scored by putting the ball over the bar - as in rugby.

The ex-Town keeper had some trouble in kicking the ball off the tee peg that is traditional used by Gaelic football keepers.

Supple let in one goal at his near post in a game where Shane Gallagher launched a great shot over the posts in stoppage time to nick the tie for St Jude's.

St Brigid's level is one below national county professional level and there is no indication that Supple is looking to take up his home country's national game on a professional basis.

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