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Pics: Object Thrown At Dean Rock As He Took All-Ireland-Winning Free-Kick

James McCarthy has claimed that an object of some sort was thrown at his Dublin team-mate Dean Rock as the forward stepped up to take the free-kick that secured a third All-Ireland title in a row for Jim Gavin’s men.

While Rock’s successful effort proved to be the difference in one of the most exciting finals in recent memory, McCarthy was keen to point out that his colleague had been interfered with in the build-up to the crucial kick.

Speaking to RTÉ, McCarthy said:

“They were trying every trick in the book. I think it was a GPS someone threw at him? But look, it doesn’t matter now. He kicked it.”

A black object appears to have shown up near the Ballymun Kickhams star’s legs just as he went to land the score, with many believing it was a GPS unit that had been launched onto the field.

Check out the images below which clearly show some object hitting the pitch right at the pivotal moment.

©INPHO/James Crombie.


©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.


The stunt came to no fruition for the perpetrator though, as Rock held his nerve and so did his counterparts as they cemented their place as one of the greatest teams in the history of the GAA.

Had this caused any telling interference there would rightly have been uproar surrounding the incident.

Still, McCarthy and Rock are All-Ireland champions and at the end of the day that is probably all that will matter to both of them.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through [email protected] .