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In Pictures: Barefoot Hurler Scores 1-11 In Remarkable Performance

In Pictures: Barefoot Hurler Scores 1-11 In Remarkable Performance

Like most, Mick Lawton thought of Babs Keating when he saw Robert O'Donnell step onto the Cappamore pitch on Tuesday night.

The reason: the Pallasgreen full-forward was playing barefoot.

An exciting game between Pallasgreen and Ballybricken-Bohermore, played in front of a small crowd of hardcore supporters, finished 2-13 a piece in the East Limerick Brian Butler Cup semi-final.

Remarkably, despite playing much of the game without boots, O'Donnell scored an incredible 1-11.

Seamus McElligott of Sport Action Photography was at the game and captured some superb shots of O'Donnell.

"It's unusual, to say the least," Lawton, the Pallasgreen club secretary, told Balls.

I was as surprised as anybody. I haven't seen it in a long, long time. It didn't have any adverse effect on his game. He did it anyway, and survived.

It harks back to Babs Keating in the 70s. I haven't seen it since but I did see it last night. Whether I'll see it again or not, I don't know.

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O'Donnell did put on some footwear midway through the second half. 1-4 of his total came from play - his goal was scored without boots. Darren Roche scored Pallasgreen's second goal. O'Donnell also fired over a late free from 50m to level the match and send it to a replay.

A talented hurler, O'Donnell played with Pallasgreen through the underage ranks and has featured in all of the club's junior games this year. Tuesday night's match saw Pallasgreen's Junior B side face Ballybricken-Bohermore's Junior A team.

"It was an enjoyable match, a good match," said Lawton, who was unsure why his fellow clubman chose to play three-quarters of the game without boots.

"We would have been in trouble without him.

"He also had a penalty and it hit the post. He had an exciting night."

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Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

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Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

Picture credit: Seamus McElligott/Sport Action Photography

See Also: The 2019 Rolling Hurling All-Stars - Round 2

PJ Browne
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