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Great Scenes In Newry As Down Shock Offaly In Christy Ring Semi-Final

Great Scenes In Newry As Down Shock Offaly In Christy Ring Semi-Final

Down caused a major shock in the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday afternoon.

At Páirc Esler in Newry, they knocked out favourites Offaly at the semi-final stage after the first ever inter-county hurling championship penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Stephen Keith was the hero for Down in the shootout, saving thee penalties and then hitting the decisive shot as his side won 3-2.

PáircTV were there to capture the action.

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The game had finished 1-16 each after 70 minutes.

In extra-time, Daithí Sands grabbed Down's second goal of the game and the tie looked to be going their way until Offaly's Liam Langton hit a brace of points to level the match and take it to the shootout. After 90 minutes, it finished Down 2-20 Offaly 1-23.

Down will play Kildare in the final after their beat Roscommon 3-24 to 1-9 in the other last four game.

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