10 Aug 2022

Watch: Johnny McGroddy's 'one in a million shot' to win title for Downings

Paul Fox hit record on the camera phone as Johnny McGroddy stood over a free-kick with only a goal good enough to save Downings in the last play of an incredible All-County Football League Division 2 final

Johnny McGroddy was the toast of Downings yesterday when he scored a match-winning free-kick with the last kick of the All-County Football League Division 2 final.

Downings were trailing Malin 1-14 to 0-15 with time almost up at the end of extra-time and when they were awarded a close-range free McGroddy heard from match referee Shane Toolan it would be the last play. McGroddy needed to hit the net with the strike, with Malin defending their goalline for dear life. "It was a one in a million shot," said Downings manager Kevin 'Cookie' Gallagher afterwards.

Paul Fox was recording the action from the main stand at O'Donnell Park.

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