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28th Jan 2017

Irish footballer scores tidy penalty and celebrates with Conor McGregor’s trademark strut

The Billy Strut showed up in the Championship today.

Darragh Murphy

There’s a term that we, in sports reporting, use to refer to a game of football that sees two Irishmen score and one pay tribute to Conor McGregor.

It’s what we call “the perfect storm.”

The vast majority of Irish interest in the FA Cup this afternoon came via Richie Towell’s first senior goal for Brighton against Lincoln, which was a sublime finish for a man whose chances in the Seagulls’ first team have been few and far between.

However, most of the attention was on the man who cancelled out Towell’s strike.

Believe it or not but Lincoln’s Alan Power is also Irish and while his dispatching of a spot-kick on the hour mark lacked the flair that Towell’s goal did, he more than made up for it with his celebration.

Power channelled his inner Conor McGregor as he marked the equaliser with the trademark strut of ‘The Notorious’.

The Lincoln midfielder, like McGregor, sports a ginger beard.

Power, like McGregor, is from Dublin.

And Power, like McGregor, can ‘Billy Strut’ like the best of them.

The celebration understandably went down a treat and the National League side went on to win 3-1.

But, to be fair, Power isn’t the only sports star who has borrowed the brash entrance of the reigning UFC lightweight champion.