Football reporter live tweets the most pointless penalty shoot-out of all time

When Northampton Town hosted West Ham’s under-21s for their Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group D match (try not to get too excited) there was no chance either side could qualify for the next round.

And with the revamped Johnstone’s Paint Trophy roundly and consistently ridiculed this season, that made this a particularly pointless match. That sentiment was not lost on football writer, Rory Smith.

We’re not entirely sure why the New York Times’ chief soccer correspondent was even at Sixfields Stadium, but he was.

And with full time looming and the scores level, Rory began to realise that the most pointless penalty shoot-out of all time was on the cards.

And so it was that Rory made the best of the situation, with some A-grade sarcasm.

Could this have been the least enthralling penalty shoot-out in the history of the game?

But alas, the game would not end.

Eventually, the game neared its conclusion, thankfully for Rory.

Never accuse Rory of underselling a game; it got the grandstand finale it deserved.

The magic of the Checkatrade Trophy, eh?


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