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Giles' final penalty a rare species

Who would have thought when Trevor Giles (pictured below) scored a goal from a penalty 27 minutes into the 1996 Meath-Mayo All-Ireland final replay it would become such a rare species.

No team has scored a penalty in the final and gone on to win the game since then.

Ciaran McDonald netted a penalty against Kerry a year later, but Mayo lost; Giles had a penalty saved against Cork (Meath won) in 1999 and kicked one wide against Galway (Meath lost) in 2001.

A year later, Oisin McConville had a penalty saved by Declan O'Keeffe, but Armagh still won.

There have been eight finals since then without any penalty being awarded, which, on the law of averages, increases the prospects of either Stephen Cluxton or Brendan Kealy facing one on Sunday.

Irish Independent