After a night sleeping under the bandstand in Dungarvan it was back to the business of taking penalties this morning as the great penalty competition got under way again. Big Oz had been predicting that the absence of home comforts might cause wee Barry to under perform and allow the keeper to close the gap. Well so far that has not been the case as the diminuitive MLA has continued on his fine scoring run making it seven successful penalties in a row. Drawing inspiration from the welcome presence of the Waterford Rose and Wexford greats George O’Connor and Dave Guiney along the way Barry has moved into a commanding 7-2 lead and seems intent on piling on the misery on big Plunkett.
However cometh the hour cometh the man so they say and just when it looked to be in danger of slipping away Oz has got himself back into the competition. He managed to save Barry’s penalty at Eire Og GAC in Carlow to reduce the deficit to four. The psychological effect of missing that kick obviously weighed heavily on the mind of the “shooter” and the lead was reduced to three when wee Barry sent penalty number eleven wide of the posts in Laois. It is now 7-4 in Barry’s favour but Big Oz is brimming with confidence following this afternoon’s two kicks.