05 Oct 2022

WATCH: Offaly cup clash produces the most extraordinary penalty shootout

Unbelievable Jeff!

It's safe to say the Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara would have loved the drama down in Boora on Sunday where Horseleap and St. Carthages AFC produced one of the most extraordinary shootouts we've ever seen.

The two Offaly teams had pitted their wits against one another over the course of 120 minutes in the 2nd Round of the Combined Counties Cup, and with the sides still level, a shootout in atrocious conditions was set to decide the contest.

The game had been entertaining having ended 1-1 after normal time. St. Carthages looked to have nicked it in extra-time with a Declan Kelly header, but Horseleap managed a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of the extra period after piling their entire team into the box for a corner.

Penalties it was, and they did not disappoint. It took 16 penalties in total to decide the tie with some cool finishing on show a la Andrea Pirlo. 

Peno after peno hit the net as the teams tussled for the win, but both keepers produced saves to keep the shootout rumbling on... and on... and on it went in the rain in Boora. "We'll be here all day," one supporter uttered as the sideline banter kicked into gear. 

After nearly eight minutes of penalties, and the teams still at stalemate, Saints keeper Johnny McKeown produced the heroics again to save a tamely struck penalty and set up a match winning moment for teammate Pat Tyrrell. 

Tyrell didn't disappoint as he made the long walk from the half way line to the penalty spot where he coolly hammered home the winner. Unbelievable Jeff!

The St. Carthages players barely had enough energy left to celebrate as they made their way to greet the penalty taker. Horseleap slumped off the pitch after going down in a nail-biting shootout - the worst possible way to bow out. 

Video Credit: St. Carthages AFC

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