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Watch: Derry's Batshit 'Keeper In Mad Performance Against Mayo

Watch: Derry's Batshit 'Keeper In Mad Performance Against Mayo
By Gavin Cooney Updated

Mayo had to survive a mighty fright at home to Derry before securing safe passage to the next round of the qualifiers, eventually seeing the Oak Leaf off on a scoreline of 2-21 to 1-13. It could have been much different: Mayo trailed until Conor Loftus' late 1-1, with the game sent to extra-time by a dramatic Derry goal that swiftly followed Loftus' point.

Derry's goalkeeper Ben McKinless was among the, er, most conspicuous of Derry's performers. He mixed the sublime and the ridiculous throughout. Naturally, the biggest talking point concerning his performance was his Pepe-Le-Pew-style hair:

His short-kick outs were largely disastrous (he kicked the ball directly to Jason Doherty for an early Mayo goal in the first few minutes of extra-time, which pretty much killed the game) and he sent most of Derry into palpitations by frequently frolicking out of his goal. In fairness, the kick-out strategy was hardly his own invention, and was an instruction from management. Flamboyant hair + willingness to kick short and run out of goal = mad in GAA parlance.

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But for all his evident madness, he burnished his performance by consistently denying Mayo goals. While he was soundly beaten by Loftus' late, stunning effort, he brilliantly denied both Andy Moran and Cillian O'Connor certain goals in the second-half.

Here is the save from Moran, courtesy of Eir Sport: 

And plenty were quick to recognise the quality of his performance:

And some say the characters are leaving the GAA...

See Also: Joe Brolly Has A Curious Reason For Writing Off Mayo Entirely

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