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This stunning goal from a free lit up a Mayo club championship game yesterday

Belmullet player Shane Nallen raised the green flag with this superb strike.

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‘HE MUST HAVE a foot like a traction engine’, was the summation once of that noted soccer commentator Alan Partridge.

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It seems an apt phrase to capture what Belmullet’s Shane Nallen did in yesterday’s Mayo intermediate football quarter-final in Ballina.

His side trailed by 3-7 to 0-10 against Shrule-Glencorrib late on, when he lined up this free. With the amount of players back in defence and the distance from the goal, it seemed like a daunting challenge but Nallen had other ideas.

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The terrific strike cut the gap to three points but wasn’t part of a Belmullet comeback as Shrule-Glencorrib held on for a 3-7 to 1-10 victory.

Nallen’s 2016 championship campaign may have concluded then but at least he has a goal for the scrapbook.

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