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Former Burnley full back Danny Lafferty won himself a cup winners medal yesterday when he featured for Shamrock Rovers in their penalty shoot out win against Dundalk in the final of the FAI Cup.

1516 burnley danny lafferty 00 630x420The game appeared to be going into extra time without a goal scored but Shamrock were awarded a 90th minute penalty which Aaron McEneff scored to give the Dublin based team what looked as certain win. It wasn’t the case with Dundalk’s Michael Duffy equalising in the fourth minute of stoppage time to take the game into an extra thirty minutes.

With ten of those minutes remaining, Lafferty came on for Aaron Greene as the game ended 1-1 and so into penalties. Lafferty didn’t take one of the spot kicks but his Shamrock Rovers team did win the shoot out 4-2 and so won the FAI Cup for the first time in 32 years.

It also gave Shamrock Rovers some revenge. This was very much the final between the top two sides with Dundalk having ended the season as league champions some 11 points ahead of second place Shamrock who were themselves a further 15 points ahead of third place Bohemians.

Lafferty joined Shamrock in August. He’d ended the 2018/19 season on loan at Peterborough having lost his place in the Sheffield United team to former Shamrock full back Enda Stevens. With the Blades winning promotion to the Premier League, Lafferty was released by manager Chris Wilder.

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