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Watch: Alan Byrne Swaps Outfield For Goals Saving Two Penalties In Crazy Win

Watch: Alan Byrne Swaps Outfield For Goals Saving Two Penalties In Crazy Win
By Jonathan Byrne
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This has to be seen to be believed.

St. Mochta's F.C. took on Edenderry Town F.C. in a Leinster Senior League clash at their grounds in Porterstown, Dublin on Friday night.

Sitting near the top of the Senior Division, St. Mochta's would have been favoured for their welcoming of the Offaly club, who are second from bottom.

What ensued however was a game of pure chaos. Red cards, penalties and wonder goals filled the ninety minutes or so - all captured thanks to the camera work of Terry Healy.

Midfielder Gareth Brady was the first on the scoresheet for St Mochta's, with a sublime chip over Edenderry Town's Eddie McDonald in goal.

Brady's goal was all that separated the sides in a relatively run of the mill first-half. As the next forty-five minutes began, not a sole could have predicted what would happen next.

St. Mochta's gave away a penalty after 56 minutes. Edenderry Town's Liam Donnelly found the back of the net to level the game at 1-1.


Former St Pat's man Willo McAdams then made it a nightmare spell for the home side, scoring Edenderry's second with twenty-five minutes to go.

Ten minutes later, Mochta's goalkeeper Adam Kmet saw red for his mistimed challenge on the goalscorer Donnelly. Unfortunately, the Dublin side didn't have a sub keeper.

League of Ireland legend Alan Byrne then had to swap outfield for goalie gloves to try and salvage something for St. Mochta's.


Byrne pulled off a fine save from the penalty spot to keep the game trailing 2-1. It wasn't long before the former Bohs youth was called upon again.

Two minutes after making the jersey swap, his side gave away a second penalty. This time Byrne saved magnificently once again, and even made a string of saves in the aftermath.

Byrne then launched the ball up the left-hand-side of the pitch to spark a counter attack. St. Mochta's Denis Moran found the back of the net seconds later.


With the game at 2-2, it was truly a come behind result for the Porterstown locals to even take home a point - given they were down to 10 men and had given away two penalties.

However, with a minute passing after the equaliser, it was Edenderry's turn to give away a penalty. Substitute Gareth McCaffrey eventually becoming the game winner at home.

St Mochta's held off to win the game 3-2. It was far from your ordinary Leinster Senior League outing. Five goals, four penalties, a red card and an outfield goalkeeper making two saves. It was absolute madness.


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