Sunday 18 August 2019

Potential for history to be made in Saturday's qualifiers with penalties set to decide drawn games

Having been passed by Central Council earlier this year, a situation hasn’t yet arisen where penalties were needed to decide the ‘winner on the day’, but the competitiveness of tonight’s four fixtures greatly increase that probability (stock photo)
Having been passed by Central Council earlier this year, a situation hasn’t yet arisen where penalties were needed to decide the ‘winner on the day’, but the competitiveness of tonight’s four fixtures greatly increase that probability (stock photo)
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

History could be made this weekend with the possibility of penalty shoot-outs deciding the winners in tonight's All-Ireland SFC third-round qualifier games.

Having been passed by Central Council earlier this year, a situation hasn't yet arisen where penalties were needed to decide the 'winner on the day', but the competitiveness of tonight's four fixtures greatly increase that probability.

If any of those qualifier games - Kildare v Tyrone, Mayo v Armagh, Westmeath v Clare and Offaly v Laois - finish level after 70 minutes, there will be two 10-minute periods of extra-time played before then going straight to penalties if the sides are still deadlocked after 90 minutes of play.

This differs from the provincial and All-Ireland finals, which are now the only games that go straight to a replay if the teams finish level at 70 minutes, with no extra-time played.

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