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Padraic Joyce Sees No Place For Penalties In GAA Despite Galway Win

Padraic Joyce Sees No Place For Penalties In GAA Despite Galway Win

Padraic Joyce secured a first win over neighbours Mayo as Galway manager this afternoon and in dramatic circumstances.

It was a tight affair between the two counties in the FBD League semi-final, with the contest ultimately decided on penalties. Tom Flynn would score the final penalty for Galway, with Mayo going on to miss their final spot kick.

Joyce's side have now set up a decider against Roscommon, who hammered Leitrim by a remarkable 30 points in the other semi-final.

Speaking to RTÉ after the game the new Galway manager said that he was no fan of the way the game was ultimately decided:

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It's a funny way to sort a game out. I wouldn't be a huge fan of it.

Fair play to the ten players who took the penalties, and the two goalkeepers.

Look, penalty-taking, for me, is for a different sport, not for our sport.

Despite this, he was delighted with the resilience shown by his team in securing a positive result, especially as they trailed by six points in the closing stages:

The game looked to be gone away from us.

Galway would have been seen, over the years, to have a soft belly, but at least they showed great character.

We came back to fight hard at the end, (and) that's the most pleasing aspect.

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Gary Connaughton

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