With three minutes left on the clock in Parnell Park, Galway and Dublin were level in the final round game in the Leinster Hurling Championship.
Chris Crummey found himself collecting a ball on the edge of the square and burying it into the corner of the net, leaving Colm Callanan with no chance.
The goal, together with points from Fergal Whiteley and Oisin O’Rorke, was enough to see Dublin safely through to the All Ireland series while signalling an early championship exit for Galway.
Crummey found himself the unlikely goalscoring hero on the day.
“I wouldn’t be much of a goalscorer, I generally go for the points, but I was so close in at that time that I could only score a goal.”, he admitted.
“I think when the game is so intense like that you just play it as you see it. If you see an opportunity to get forward, we’re told to do so. In that instance the lads saw me with the ball and in other games you can make those runs but a fella might not take the right option with the ball.
“That’s the whole significance of it is the way we worked the scores and that was very pleasing from a team aspect.”
As news of the drawn result between Wexford and Kilkenny filtered through from Innovate Wexford Park, there were mixed feelings running through the Dublin camp. They had just beaten the All Ireland finalists, but Mattie Kenny’s charges had missed out on a spot in the Leinster final.
“Effectively going into the game we viewed it as a Leinster semi-final. A knockout game that if we won we’d be in a Leinster final, if we lost we’d be out.
“The initial reaction after the game was great because we thought we were going to a Leinster final and then about 10 or 15 minutes later it was a bit bittersweet when you found out you weren’t in a Leinster final.
“You look back on it and see that four teams are on the same points and one is out for the summer.
“You’d probably take coming third and still being in an All-Ireland series. Bittersweet at the time but looking back and reflecting on it we’re delighted to still be there now.”
The final whistle brought with it an outpouring of emotion as Dublin players, management and fans all savoured the unique four-point win.
Crummey was delighted that the team performed well in front of their loyal following as Parnell Park cemented its status as a fortress for Dublin hurling.
“It was a phenomenal experience. I suppose it being in Parnell Park probably made it a bit more special. There was such a big crowd there and the way the game went, the fact that it was so close, to get over the line was unbelievable.
“Parnell Park has definitely been a big fortress for us. Ask any of the lads, they love playing there.”The intensity of the games there, the fact that the crowd are so close it adds to the whole game.
“I think the players feed off it and the crowd nearly feed off it as well. It’s just an intense ground.”