The O’Byrne Cup game that made history

It was a historic day in Pairc Tailteann, Navan on Sunday as the first ever free taking competition in inter-county football decided the Bord Ná Moná O’Byrne Cup final line up.

Meath took on Longford in an epic affair as John Duffy and Liam Tierney were the match commentators for Shannonside Northern Sound.

Meath were leading by a point three minutes into injury-time at the end of 70 minutes but Longford weren’t beaten yet.


With the score 1-12 apiece extra-time ensued and with Meath moving four points clear with 30 seconds remaining, but Longford went searching for a goal…

Now they just needed one more point to force a tie break

1-19 (22) to 2-16 (22) it finished and the first ever free-kick competition in inter-county football was called for to decide the victors.

Each team would get five free-kicks from the 45 metre line in the fading light of Pairc Tailteann.

Heres John Duffy describing what proved to be the decisive moment.

So Meath won the shootout 2-1. Sean McCormack converting Longfords only succesful free-kick

After the game Longford midfielder Darren Gallagher said the game was bonus territory for the Longford men.

John Duffy asked Longford manager Denis Connerton how he felt after the game.

Eugene McCormack joined Kevin McDermott on Sportsbeat, to discuss a game that had everything.

It will be a Meath and Westmeath final after Westmeath beat Offaly in Cusack Park by 1-9 to 1-7.