Another year another no Sam Maguire for Mayo, there was a crucial moment in the game where Ryan O’Donoghue missed a penalty that could have changed the outcome of the match and former Dublin football Ciaran Whelan and Armagh All-Star Oisin McConville believe the penalty should have been retaken.
“Interesting with the penalty, it could have been retaken,” said former Dublin footballer Whelan on The Saturday Game.
“Niall Morgan comes off the line, Peter Harte has broken the line. The umpires, linesmen are in place. The rule is that Niall Morgan has to stay on the line – he did come off the line.
“The penalty itself wasn’t a very good penalty – Bruno Fernandes-like – you want to get power and get it on target. You wonder if it had been saved, would it have been retaken?”
“The two umpires, that’s their job,” said McConville.
“He’s a yard off his line.
“[The linesman] David Gough is looking at the two boys running in ahead of him. Peter Harte was so far ahead of him, he could have taken the penalty himself! There were definitely a couple of reasons why that should have been retaken.”
The penalty being missed was a major blow to Mayo’s hopes.
“The key thing is the momentum shift,” added Whelan.
“If that goes in, Mayo feed off that energy, and it would have been a significant turning point. They never a moment in the game to revitalise the crowd. It was 0-10 to 0-8 at that point, that would have been a gamechanger for them.”
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