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Southern Gaels manager Dan Fitzpatrick says free kick shoot-out is no way to decide a final

Southern Gaels players and cousins Caoimhe Teahan and Rachel Dwyer have huge sympathy for the way Finuge/St Senans lost a classic final

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Rachel Dwyer of Southern Gaels in action against Niamh Carmody of Finuge/St Senans in the Randles Brothers County Senior Football Championship Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. Photo by Tatyana McGough

Rachel Dwyer of Southern Gaels in action against Niamh Carmody of Finuge/St Senans in the Randles Brothers County Senior Football Championship Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. Photo by Tatyana McGough

Rachel Dwyer of Southern Gaels in action against Niamh Carmody of Finuge/St Senans in the Randles Brothers County Senior Football Championship Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. Photo by Tatyana McGough

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Southern Gaels manager Dan Fitzpatrick was insistent after the game that the final shouldn’t have finished with a free kick shoot-out. Whilst delighted for his own side, he said that he really felt for Finuge/St Senans and the manner of their defeat.

There’s no way that this competition should have finished the way it finished today,” he said. “It has been a massive advertisement for the game and was a great battle with 80 minutes of football and then and then a shoot-out. I feel sorry for Finuge/St Senans as much as I’m delighted for us. I said to the girls Friday night, ‘I don’t care if we win this game in the 61st minute’ but I didn’t think we’d be talking about the 80th minute. I’m delighted because we were dead and buried with four minutes to go in normal time, four points down.


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