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Penalty saved, full-time whistle sounds and rebound scored in dramatic end to Kerry hurling decider

Lixnaw saw off Kilmoyley after a pulsating end to their county final yesterday.

LATE HURLING DRAMA is not just currently the preserve of All-Ireland finals, as evidenced by the conclusion of yesterday’s Kerry senior decider in Tralee.

A view of Austin Stack ParkAustin Stack Park hosted yesterday’s Kerry senior hurling final.Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

A week after Limerick held off a Galway comeback at senior level and on the same day a Tipperary revival caught Cork in the U21 grade, county hurling final day in the Kingdom ended in a blaze of drama yesterday afternoon.

For the second time in five seasons, Lixnaw saw off Kilmoyley in a decider as they eventually triumphed by 1-16 to 2-11 against the 2015 and 2016 champions.

The match concluded with Kilmoyley winning a late penalty as they trailed by two points. 

But county senior Daniel Collins saw his penalty for Kilmoyley saved by Lixnaw goalkeeper Martin Stackpoole, and with Tipperary referee Fergal Horgan having informed he had to score direct, it meant that the full-time whistle sounded before the rebound was despatched to the net.

Watch the late drama unfold here at Austin Stack Park from the 11 minute mark.

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