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Beatty Dedicates Equalising Wonder Score To Recently Deceased Father

Beatty Dedicates Equalising Wonder Score To Recently Deceased Father

O'Donovan Rossa and St John's drew in Group 2 of the Antrim Senior Football Championship on Wednesday evening.

The game finished Rossa 0-11 St John's 1-8.

Rossa midfielder Stephen Beatty kicked a sensational equalising point for his side deep into injury time.

Post-match, Beatty - an Antrim inter-county footballer - said that he had tears in his eyes as the ball went over. He was thinking of his father, a constant as his games down the years, who had died recently.

"I didn't think I'd kick it that far when I got it. I wouldn't be practising them ones," Beatty told BBC Northern Ireland.

That's one of the best points I've ever hit in my life. I lost my father four or five weeks ago. That's my first proper championship match since he's been away. He would have been at every game.

My brother's on the sideline. He came over. I had near tears in my eyes when it was in flight. For me, that was extra special. I know everybody has been sitting in their house for months. For me, to do that, my first game back... It's meant to be. I couldn't have written it myself. Delighted to be back on the pitch.

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The game was a controversial one. An attempt for Domhnall Nugent in the second half was signalled by an umpire as a score when it was clearly wide.

Despite the setback, Rossa fought back to gain a point from the game.

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