Leitrim v Mayo 6th January 2019
Our first match of 2019 and the long journey for our senior footballers begins again. It might have been dark and damp today on the banks of the Shannon, it was anything but in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick on Shannon! Today’s preliminary round between Leitrim and Mayo was James Horan’s first match back in charge. And what a dramatic first match to start the season. 2 cracking goals from Mayo in the first few minutes certainly tested my trigger finger after our long absence from the playing field!
After running up a good lead though, we seemed to slowed or relaxed the pace. Going in at half time we were 2.09 to 0.08. We only managed to tack on another 4 points in the second half. To be fair, Leitrim should have taken the lead in the second half. They probably could have won it but the timber work denied them a couple of times. The match ended up all level 2.13 apiece. This was when the real drama started. Everyone was expecting extra time. Some were celebrating our win, as the last point scored by Leitrim player on his way off the pitch after being sent off!
After some consultation with the officials, the referee announced that there would be a penalty shootout, much to everyone’s bemusement! The announcement came out over the tannoy, there would be 5 penalty’s taken by each team, and any points scored would not count (to much jeers from the crowd). Mayo eventually won the shootout, 4 goals to 1. I might be wrong but I think we made history today with a first ever GAA penalty shootout to decide a game. I will need to check that out. I’ll have some match video uploaded shortly, including the penalty shootout, (do check back again). Read Willie Joe’s match report here.
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