Sub goalie saves last-minute Diarmuid O'Connor penalty as Knockmore march on 1 month ago

Sub goalie saves last-minute Diarmuid O'Connor penalty as Knockmore march on

BALLINTUBBER 0-12 KNOCKMORE 2-9

What massive drama. Diarmuid O'Connor struck his spot-kick well, but Ryan McDonnell guessed right and was rewarded.

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Mayo GAA and nail-biting, hand-wringing drama come hand-in-hand.

The Mayo senior football club championship delivered a huge dollop of drama, this evening, as Knockmore beat Ballintubber in the quarter finals.

Knockmore led 1-6 to 0-6 at the break, thanks in large part to a crisply struck Aidan Orme goal, after 11 minutes. They grabbed a second goal, after the break, and looked to home and hosed.

Several hold-ups in the game saw referee Declan Corcoran play six minutes of added time. That stretched to eight minutes when there was a last-gasp penalty awarded to Ballintubber. The call came after Knockmore had put 13 players on the goal-line to repel a late O'Connor free.

Knockmore players block a late free from Diarmuid O'Connor of Ballintubber during the Mayo County Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final at Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan. (Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile)

Knockmore were forced to bring on substitute goalkeeper Ryan McDermott to face Diarmuid O'Connor.

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The Mayo star struck his penalty well but McDermott flung to his right and saved the day. As he jumped up to gather the rebound, Corcoran blew up for full-time.

Earlier in the day, there was more edge-of-the-seat action as Fionn McDonagh stepped up with a late, late point to win Westport's thrilling quarter final with Ballina.


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