Penalty Kick’s Worked Well – Connacht Council

Connacht council secretary John Prenty is pleased with the trial of penalties in yesterday’s FBD League quarter-final between Mayo and Leitrim.

While confusion reigned at the conclusion of the game and queries of why extra-time was no played in Avantcard Pairc Sean McDiarmada, Prenty was happy to field queries.

“I think it was a very good idea, we got a very good reaction from players, management and spectators and I think it’s a good way of finishing a game this time of the year” explained Prenty.

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“We decided on the 10th of December at our CCC meeting” to use a penalty shootout “for a couple of reasons.”

“Number one, we were going to Carrick-On-Shannon, Tuam and Dr. Hyde Park and none of those venues have lights, so at the beginning of January you don’t know what weather conditions will be like.”

“The other reason, players are just coming back at this time of January, the beginning of the season and they wouldn’t have a lot of work done.”

“So rather than putting them through another at least 20 possibly 40 minutes more we’d finish the game as quickly as possible.”

While some confusion reigned at the final whistle, Prenty was happy that the Connacht council had communicated the penalty trial to all relevant parties.

“We communicated the penalties on the 11th of December, the teams were aware before yesterday that this was going to happen. They might not have been expecting it but they knew it could happen.”

“Straight away when the final whistle went they knew it was going to be penalties, we didn’t have to tell them that.”

Listen to the full interview on Sportsbeat on Shannonside FM from 8pm tonight.