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Can't believe no one has mentioned "that goal" Head and shoulders above every other score. Im talking about Seamus Darby. Nothing really else to be said about it.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1650 - 07/07/2023 13:28:22    2492910

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "No it wasn't, they'd have flopped in another final again and we'd have another All Ireland in Tír Chonaill, same as what happened them in 2021. Far as I rem they should have had Kerry beaten the first day, leading by 5 points or so coming into the end of normal time?
Turning point-Murphy's goal in the 2012 final, once that rattled the net Mayo knew it wasn't their day, again."
Unfortunately you are probably right Tirconaill1. Mayo should have won the first day and if we had won there was no guarantee Mayo would have performed in the final. But give some credit, Mayo didn't flop in '16 or '17 - so we might not have.

When you look back, would you say Donaghys goal in the 2014 final was a turning point for Donegal ?

Cbar (Mayo) - Posts: 308 - 07/07/2023 14:45:19    2492941

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Replying To eoinog:  "Can't believe no one has mentioned "that goal" Head and shoulders above every other score. Im talking about Seamus Darby. Nothing really else to be said about it."
Absolutely - the most famous goal in GAA history. Eugene McGee said that not a week went by when he wasn't asked about that match. Offaly football will forever be held in regard for that game alone.

And I think I saw Jack O She give an interview where he said he was asked more about the '82 final than the 7 or 8 he won.

Cbar (Mayo) - Posts: 308 - 07/07/2023 15:01:13    2492946

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Replying To Cbar:  "Unfortunately you are probably right Tirconaill1. Mayo should have won the first day and if we had won there was no guarantee Mayo would have performed in the final. But give some credit, Mayo didn't flop in '16 or '17 - so we might not have.

When you look back, would you say Donaghys goal in the 2014 final was a turning point for Donegal ?"
Definitely so, but that was an awful final, Papa Durcan makes the mistake and Star seizes on it, big turning point.
after the 2 epic semi finals that year, yours was a brilliant nail biter with a controversial replay, in all fairness as I said Mayo really should have beaten Kerry the first day.
and then we beat the team that couldn't be beat according to everyone it seemed,
Funny I think we'd have played better in the final against Mayo, not saying we would have won but all things considered and going by Mayo's record in finals I think we might have done better with an element of revenge in it too after how we played in 2013.
I think we had too much respect for Kerry but we never really showed up in the final for some unknown reason, taking nothing away from Kerry's victory but I think even they think it was a very poor final.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2741 - 07/07/2023 15:12:29    2492951

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Replying To eoinog:  "Can't believe no one has mentioned "that goal" Head and shoulders above every other score. Im talking about Seamus Darby. Nothing really else to be said about it."
Hi Eoinog as a young boy that day I was very upset but believe it or not I never had a problem with "that goal". I know Offaly got two very handy frees near the end but tbf to the ref he thought Kerry had it. Sean Lowry fell and got a free on front of goals. He often laughs himself bout it himself. Darbys goal was a great goal. Maybe a little nudge but if it happened out the field you d take no notice. In 1986 we got away with a worse one. With Tyrone winning by 3 pts in 2nd half Plunkett Donaghy went down to pick up a ball. Ger Power blatantly pushed him in the back knocking him down and kicked the ball straight into Mikey Sheehy who goaled. Back to "That goal". Offaly deserved an all ireland and twas great that the great Matt Connor got a celtic cross.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3674 - 07/07/2023 15:23:31    2492960

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That magnificent Barney Rock lob from 50 yards out in the 83 Final. A horrible day on all fronts, poor weather, poor football, poor discipline but that piece of magic from Barney turned the game for us and will live long in the memory.

Joxer (Dublin) - Posts: 4700 - 07/07/2023 15:48:53    2492967

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The most bizarre goal of them all was scored in a league quarter final in the 80s..Any posters remember?. It was football!

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3674 - 07/07/2023 15:49:33    2492968

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Kevin foleys iconic goal when Meath were totally on the ropes in 91 4 game saga. Drew the game then David beggy winning point (he had missed so many) we were all screaming for him to pass it to someone rather than take the shot.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 19449 - 07/07/2023 15:54:11    2492969

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Replying To slayer:  "Was watching this one the other night on Youtube. I remember watching it as a kid and hoping for a Cork win (Munster bias!). Dinny Allen was a poacher supreme with Cork's goals. But the Dubs kept going until the end and the pass for Rock's goal was outstanding. The easy thing would have been to keep going for goal and maybe win a penno. The brave decision was to pass and what a defence splitter it was. No better man than Barney Rock to slot it home.

The replay was a cracking game too with the Dubs pulling away late on. Jimmy Kerrigan's position was switched for the replay. It handed Dublin an advantage as his runs in the drawn game gave the Dubs a lot of problems.

Used to love the football back then. That era had some great teams, great characters and great games."
Well remembered. Heffo's master stroke. Moved Barney into the corner and Kerrigan followed him having dominated from half backs in the draw. Dublin opened up a huge gap right through the centre of the Cork defence. I don't think Morgan even copped onto what had happened!

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 2531 - 07/07/2023 16:49:55    2492985

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Hi Eoinog as a young boy that day I was very upset but believe it or not I never had a problem with "that goal". I know Offaly got two very handy frees near the end but tbf to the ref he thought Kerry had it. Sean Lowry fell and got a free on front of goals. He often laughs himself bout it himself. Darbys goal was a great goal. Maybe a little nudge but if it happened out the field you d take no notice. In 1986 we got away with a worse one. With Tyrone winning by 3 pts in 2nd half Plunkett Donaghy went down to pick up a ball. Ger Power blatantly pushed him in the back knocking him down and kicked the ball straight into Mikey Sheehy who goaled. Back to "That goal". Offaly deserved an all ireland and twas great that the great Matt Connor got a celtic cross."
Yes, all true. There were dodgy referee's in those days too but you couldn't vent your frustration on social media. You just had to have an extra pint or 2 and suck it up. I know I am a little parochial here but if you are looking for turning points in a game then Eamonn O Hara's goal in the 2007 Connacht final is right up there with them. A brilliant goal and one that set up Sligo to win the first Connacht title in 32 years . A goal is worth 3 points but I always felt that goal was worth about 5 because the quality of it alone got the crowd buzzing. A mis hit shot or a flukey goal would never get the same reaction and ultimately we won

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1650 - 07/07/2023 16:50:56    2492987

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Matthew Clancy 2001 semi v Derry, a perfect example of this type of moment. Stupendous goal as well by the way, worth checking out, if anyone forgets it.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3412 - 07/07/2023 18:46:21    2493006

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Ciaran McCabe for Down vs Derry first round 1994; not only decided the game but Sam Maguire that year, as I'm sure Derry would have gone on to win it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvFfWg8qYW0

befair (Down) - Posts: 237 - 07/07/2023 18:54:39    2493007

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Paul Clancy scored a critical point after he received a massive pass from Michael Donnellan after the latter intercepted
Armagh attack in injury time. It won the All-Ireland for Galway in my opinion.
(Galway V. Armagh 2001 qualifier score 13-12)

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1668 - 07/07/2023 20:31:49    2493018

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Replying To KnockaineyAbú:  "ciaran carey's point in 1996. otherwise clare may have done three in a row"
Or they might have lost to Tipp. Or they might have lost to Wexford too.
I met my now Wexican wife in 1996 after the Dublin Wexford game. In my opinion, I think from the minute they beat Offaly in that Leinster final nobody was going to stop them.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 08/07/2023 10:34:25    2493082

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Replying To slayer:  "Great post.

I'd go a step back though & suggest Kyle Hayes' equaliser in PUC in the Munster round robin? We were 14 v 15 for most of the game after Gillane was sent off. When Cork got the goal we looked doomed but Flanagan & Mulcahy ran themselves into the ground up front and we forced the draw.

I think that day we all knew a different Limerick was emerging. A Cork man said to me on the way out that night 'ye are going to win the all Ireland this year' and while it was hard to believe inside the county, others could see the raw material was there."
I think that team was coming from their u21 days, I knew they were different from previous Limerick teams when they beat Wexford in that final.
They hurled with brains rather than on emotion and passion which was a failing of previous Limerick teams in my opinion. I said that day they would bring Liam McCarthy back to Limerick, I can't say I thought they would do it so often though.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 08/07/2023 10:41:45    2493084

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Replying To keepitlit:  "Johnny Dooleys goal that started the five minute final in 94 for Offaly, If Limerick had won either that or the one in 96 would they have received as much backing from JP as they did in the years that followed or is it too much of a stretch!"
I was at both the 94 and 96 All-Irelands, I have never before or since seen anything like the end of the 94 All-Ireland. I left shortly after the cup presentation and the scenes of devastation along Jones and Clonliffe Road after it I have never seen since.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 08/07/2023 10:44:47    2493085

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Maybe Tohill's goal in the 1992 league final which set Derry off on a journey of winning an All-Ireland, 2 Ulster titles and 4 National Leagues within 9 years. The 1992 league was also the first win in 45 years.
I am not sure the 2020's team will win so many leagues given how the structure has changed.

PattyONeill (Derry) - Posts: 220 - 08/07/2023 12:58:55    2493114

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "The most bizarre goal of them all was scored in a league quarter final in the 80s..Any posters remember?. It was football!"
1987 League quarter final.

It was a draw match between Dublin and Cork. The Dubs came out for extra-time. No sign of the Cork tean. They had to catch the train home from Houston Station. The ref blows the whistle. The Dubs go up and score a goal in the Canal End. The ref blows the whistle. The Dubs win the match.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 782 - 08/07/2023 18:45:02    2493159

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Peter Canavans penalty against Down in the 2003 Ulster Final. Tyrone were 9 points down when they were awarded a penalty. They came back and leveled the match with Down on a scoreline of 1-17 to 4-08. Tyrone win the replay easily by 15 points on a scoreline of 0-23 to 1-05. Tyrone went on to win their maiden All Ireland that year and won another two in 2005 and 2008.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 782 - 08/07/2023 18:50:16    2493161

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "The most bizarre goal of them all was scored in a league quarter final in the 80s..Any posters remember?. It was football!"
Was only looking at it the otherDay. Barney's split the nonexistent Cork defence apart and stuck it into the net.

avonali (Dublin) - Posts: 1974 - 09/07/2023 12:17:18    2493309

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