Mayo native Conor O’Malley put in a huge performance in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, during which he produced three penalty saves in a shootout with Bradford to book Peterborough’s place in the next round.

The Westport man received his first senior international call-up earlier this year, named in Martin O’Neill’s squad in May ahead of Ireland’s friendlies with France and the USA.

In a thrilling game on Tuesday, eight goals shared evenly saw the cup tie go through extra-time before a penalty shootout was required to decide a winner — striker Ivan Toney notching a hat-trick during an incredible night at Valley Parade.

The hosts came from 2-0 and 3-1 down during a pulsating affair, but an excellent display from 24-year-old O’Malley proved decisive during spot-kicks — the goalkeeper saving against all of Karl Henry, Jack Payne and Paul Caddis.

Peterborough will now face Middlesborough in the third round of the FA Cup.

 

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