How Twitter reacted to the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup semi-final drama at Pairc Tailteann. Photo: Twitter Shane Cassells TD @ShaneCassells
Meath 1-19 Longford 2-16 (a.e.t.) - Meath win free-taking competition 2-1
Twitter exploded to life as the first-ever Gaelic football free-taking competition was required at Pairc Tailteann, Navan this afternoon to separate Meath and Longford in the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup semi-final.
Meath triumphed in the shootout 2-1, thereby sealing Andy McEntee’s side passage to the final against Westmeath next Sunday.
A last-gasp 1-1 salvo from Longford's Mickey Quinn saw the counties finish in stalemate - 2-16 to 1-19 after extra-time.
However, instead of the semi-final going to a replay, a free-taking competition that saw five players from each side take frees from the 45-metre line from off the ground or out of the hands took place.
With darkness descending on the venue, Mark McCabe and Cillian O’Sullivan were the Royal County heroes as they registered points. Sean McCormack was the only Longford player to find the range in the shoot-out, so Meath went through on a history-making ‘scoreline’ of 2-1.
For the record, the free-taking competition, went as follows:
Shot 1 – Meath (Sean Tobin) wide; Longford (Robbie Smyth) wide 0-0
Shot 2 – Meath (Mark McCabe) point; Longford (Sean McCormack) point 1-1
Shot 3 – Meath (Cillian O’Sullivan) point; Longford (Paddy Collum) wide 2-1
Shot 4 – Meath (Joey Wallace) wide; Longford (Barry Gilleran) wide 2-1
Shot 5 – Meath (James McEntee) wide; Longford (James McGivney) wide 2-1
Meanwhile, in the second semi-final at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, it was Westmeath who came out on top in a local derby against Ofaly on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-7.
Meath have beaten Longford 2-1 in the first ever free kick shoot out in the history of the GAA. Reaction from Navan on the way #RTEGAA— Sunday Sport (@sundaysport) January 14, 2018
Meath beat Longford 2-1 (after five shots each) in a free-taking contest in near-darkness. Historical scenes, Jeff— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) January 14, 2018
Meath 1-19 Longford 2-16 what a come back from Longford ,game over ....A free kick Competition to decide the game .....awesome heart by Longford.— Bernard Flynn (@bernardflynn15) January 14, 2018
Never seen this just starting a free kick competition from the 45 “ History “ in the making in the Darkness
If they are going to have a free taking compo then it should be the ABBA format. It's how that the team that goes first has an advantage. Meath went first and won— Evan Burlingham (@Burlingham2) January 14, 2018
Mad stuff in darkening Navan— Gavin Jennings (@DrGavinJennings) January 14, 2018
Level between @MeathGAA and Longford after extra time
Free taking competition to settle...
10 County players take ten frees from the 45 metre line. Only three score. There’s a message ......— mattie fox (@mattieafox) January 14, 2018
A touch of Cavan in them Meath boys, too cheap to put the lights on!!— Cormac McCormack (@newyorksham) January 14, 2018
Future Pub Quiz Answer:— Marcas Ó Callanáin (@MOCallanain) January 14, 2018
MEATH are the first team to win a free-taking shootout in GAA history.
Denis Connerton is very good manager.Despite losing players I'd still be very happy with squad this year. Didnt make game today but not overly disappointed to lose...offaly lge is the big 1 for me.Meath always my 2nd team!Should be a cracker in pearse pk later in the year!— Cathal McGuinness (@c1mcguinness) January 14, 2018
Free kick competition in the dark in Navan after Longford scored 1-1 in last minute of extra time to draw with Meath pic.twitter.com/imty74b1AS— John Greene (@johnjgreene) January 14, 2018
7 from 10 frees missed between Meath and Longford in the shootout maybe give Dean Rock a call for some lessons lads!— Paul Reilly (@PauloHill16) January 14, 2018
Meath-Longford finished at 4:25 (after a 45 metre shoot-out) in near darkness. No floodlights at Pairc Tailteann. Should have quickly painted posts luminous yellow after final whistle.— Ro Jangles (@Mr_Ro_Jangles) January 14, 2018
Seen it all today a Senior County Football game decided by a Free Kick Competion Meath beating Longford 2-1 surely a next score wins would have been a fair option #OByrneCup— Adam Haughney (@MunchMcLegend) January 14, 2018
Another very strong performance by the Longford team against @MeathGAA today Keeping Meath to a draw at the end of extra time in Navan is a great achievement. Well done @OfficialLDGAA @Longford_Leader @shannonsidenews #OByrneCup #GAA— MikeGlennon (@mikeeglennon) January 14, 2018
Wow fair play to @OfficialLDGAA for staying with Meath in this game! The game decided on ‘free kicks’ did we ever think we would ever hear of this @offtheball @Longford_Leader @MolloyJoe https://t.co/IL3k12SJ6H— Ray Kelleher (@ray_kelleher) January 14, 2018