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Portlaoise Win Penalty Shootout To Beat St Pat's In Leinster Quarter-Final

Portlaoise Win Penalty Shootout To Beat St Pat's In Leinster Quarter-Final

Craig Rogers scored the winning penalty for Portlaoise in a penalty shootout victory against St Pat's of Wicklow in their Leinster Club Football Championship quarter-final.

The game finished St Pat's 1-6 to Portlaoise's 0-9 after normal time in Aughrim.

Kieran Lillis was the hero for Portlaoise both at the end of regular time and in extra time. Lillis scored an equalising point for Portlaoise two minutes into injury time and then grabbed a goal after 13 minutes of extra-time.

The game finished St Pat's 2-8 to Portlaoise's 1-11 after the extra 20 minutes sending it to the shootout.

St Pat's Tommy Kelly sent the first kick of the shootout over the bar.

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Thereafter, every shot was scored. Rogers sent the final kick to the net to win it 5-4 for Portlaoise.

"It's a strange game - I've never seen a game finishing like that," Portlaoise manager Niall Rigney told Midlands 103.

"I don't think it's right. It's tough on Pat's there to lose on penalties. Sure, what was wrong with having a replay in Portlaoise next Sunday?

"We didn't have penalty takers picked. I stood into the middle of the lads, and I'll tell you the truth, I said to them straight up, 'Five of you walk out here, who wants to take a penalty?'

"There were 30 lads looking at me and five of them walked out. They wanted to take them and that showed great character."

Rigney hailed the impact Lillis had on the game while also joking about the midfielder wanting to take a penalty.

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"He's doing it consistently," said Rigney.

"He wanted to [take a penalty] but the lads told him, 'No you're useless at them'. They wouldn't let him take one."

Portlaoise will play Carlow's Éire Óg in the semi-final after they beat Kildare champions Sarsfields. Ballyboden St Enda's will play Garrycastle in the other last-four game.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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