Incredible Penalty Halts Premature Celebrations In Galway

Incredible Penalty Halts Premature Celebrations In Galway

Dunmore MacHales defeated Claregalway on Sunday to claim the North Board U19 A Football Championship in Galway.

It was a low-scoring game at Tuam Stadium which took extra-time and a penalty shootout to separate the sides.

Dunmore's celebrations of what was their first underage A title in many years began somewhat prematurely.

With Dunmore leading in the penalty shootout, Claregalway needed to score their next kick to stave off defeat. The shot hit the crossbar, the Dunmore keeper vacated his line, and players ran onto the pitch in celebration.

However, the ball was still in motion. After hitting the crossbar and heading skyward, it landed, bounced forward and over the line. After some brief protests from the Claregalway players, the umpire signalled for a goal.

The respite was brief for Claregalway as Shane McGrath - who had scored a penalty in normal time - stepped up to successfully strike the winning spot kick.

The game had finished, Dunmore 1-4 to Claregalway's 0-7 in normal time, and 1-6 to 0-9 after extra-time.


Incredible penalty in Galway underage championship

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