Padraic O’Hara saw the lighter side to find time to fist bump players on the side-line as a scuffle broke out on the pitch in the Mayo championship semi-final.
With Ballina Stephanites leading the Ballintubber with just over ten minutes remaining in the semi-final, tempers were flaring and Padraic O’Hara was in the thick of it.
Never one to shy away from the action, the Mayo defender was in the thick of it once again as his side attempted to reach the senior country final for the first time on over a decade.
In a entertaining game with so much on the line, it’s clear to see how much it meant to both sets of players as tensions threatened to spill over.
After being pushed by two Ballintubber players in a small scuffle oat the side of the pitch Padraig O’Hora still had time to make some young fans day when he gave them a fist bump.
Schmozzle, schmozzle, schmozzle ... first bump 😄😄 pic.twitter.com/MgsxRRlH8f
— dontfoul (@dontfoul) October 17, 2022
That moment sums up Padraig O’Hora. A fan favourite that is highly respected by everyone in the sport, who also delivers his best performances for the biggest stages
It’s not the first time he has found himself in an usual situation this season, with teams finding unique ways to try and stop him.
In Ballina Stephanites quarter final victory over Claremorris, O’Hora was running at the Claremorris defence when his hair was pulled as he gave a pass to put his team mate through on goal.
Goal for @NaStiofanaigh's Kevin Thornton who lead @claremorrisgaa 1-4 to 0-2 on 15 minutes.
Good refereeing to allow the advantage but should there have been a card for the foul on O'Hora in the build up?@MayoGAA | @ConnachtGold | @MayoGAATV pic.twitter.com/r1Vp2alKnw
— StreamSport.ie (@StreamsportI) October 2, 2022
As the Mayo senior county final gets underway in just under two weeks, it will be interesting to see what unique and unusual moments happen in Padraig O’Hara’s season as they face Westport in McHale Park.
A 3-10 to 1-11 victory over Ballintubber booked their place in the final, with Lee Keegan’s side standing in their way of glory.