Fair Play Continues As Dungannon Swifts Deliberately Botch Harsh Penalty vs Ballymena (Video)

Chris Wright

12th, April 2012


By Chris Wright

The gentle odour of fair play that has permeated the afternoon continues to waft, with soul-affirming footage from the Northern Ireland Premiership game between Dungannon Swifts and Ballymena United.

We join the action at 0-0 with Dungannon being awarded a penalty after Ballymena centre-back Gavin Taggart catches the ball in the area mistakenly thinking he’d heard the whistle sound for play to stop so his injured teammate, Chris Rodgers (who had dislocated a shoulder), could be stretchered from the field.

Playing to the letter of the law, the referee awarded Dungannon a penalty for the deliberate handball, though Swifts’ player-manager Darren Murphy wasn’t about to go capitalising on his opponent’s misfortune – informing the Ballymena ‘keeper of his intentions before pootling the resultant spot-kick straight down the middle and into his grateful arms…

(Start at the 0:49 mark to watch the incredible off-the-roof-of-the-stand pass that lead to the incident)

That’s leading by example.

Warm round of applause for Mr Murphy please – though, unfortunately for him, his Dungannon side eventually went on to lose 2-4.