Fergal Boland drives the ball to the Leitrim net. Photo by Willie Donnellan
It proved to be an historic afternoon in AvantCard Pairc Sean MacDiarmada yesterday as Mayo prevailed over Leitrim in the first ever gaelic football penalty shootout.
Penalty shoot out! https://t.co/MvFcMl3b41— Connacht GAA (@ConnachtGAA) January 6, 2019
Even without the dramatic conclusion to the game, Terry Hyland's first competitive game in charge of the Leitrim senior footballers provided plenty of talking points as Leitrim cancelled out an eight point deficit to draw level in the closing stages of a pulsating encounter.
The penalty shootout provided plenty of excitement for fans at the game in Carrick-on-Shannon as well as those tuned in to radios around the world with Leitrim's own Emlyn Mulligan acknowledging he was glued to the wireless while on honeymoon.
Mayo beat Leitrim on penalties. Yes you read that correctly!— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) January 6, 2019
Leitrim goalkeeper Diarmuid McKiernan watches on as Mayo's Evan Regan scores his side's winning penalty after the Connacht FBD League Preliminary Round match ended in a draw.
Evan Regan's clinching penalty in the shoot out at AvantcardPáirc Seán Mac Diarmada as @MayoGAA advance in @ConnachtGAA FBD Insurance League. Congrats Mayo and hard luck to our lads after a very encouraging performance. pic.twitter.com/rEt60YNvNk— Leitrim GAA (@LeitrimGAA) January 6, 2019