PENALTY shoot-outs are now deciding championship games which end level after extra-time.
Glengarriff goalkeeper Jack Hurley was one of the first shoot-out heroes in a Cork GAA championship game after he made a number of vital penalty saves for his side.
Hurley helped his side defeat Castletownbere following their Beara Junior B Championship semi-final encounter played in Adrigole recently. The sides were deadlocked after extra-time, 2-17 to 0-23.
The Glengarriff custodian was thrilled to emerge as the hero and help his side claim victory after penalties.
“It was an amazing feeling to come out on top, especially in a game with such tight margins. The hero word has been said a lot to me over recent days, but I’m no hero!
“Every man who puts on the Glen jersey, no matter what game, is a hero in my eyes.”
He saved two penalties during the shoot-out which propelled his side to a thrilling 4-2 victory. The modest goalkeeper revealed that he normally rotates as an outfield player and between the posts.
He admits to being a reluctant goalkeeper.
“I was fortunate enough to stop two penalties on the night. There was no technique involved, just pure luck. Being in goal wouldn’t be my position of choice. However, I’m no stranger to playing between the posts either, standing in for both Glengarriff and Beara sides previously.
“I prefer being outfield. Last year I was playing full-forward, but our regular goalkeeper is out. I’m happy to fill in and help out the lads where I can.”
With the GAA season being heavily condensed due to Covid-19, all championship games have to be decided on the night. While Hurley and his colleagues greatly benefitted from their penalty shoot-out win, he wouldn’t be in favour of making this move permanent going forward.
“Under normal circumstances, I don’t think it’s a fair way to decide a game. Some lads put a lot of effort in throughout the year and for games to be decided by a game of luck really can be tough.
“It is exciting and understandable with all the restrictions why a winner must be decided on the day. We are very fortunate to be playing this year.”
Glengarriff now proceed to a Beara championship final against Garnish which is scheduled to be played on Sunday.
“Any final is always a big occasion. We know they are a strong and experienced side. We will prepare well. We will learn from the Castletownbere game and give it our all on the day.”