The role of the fly-keeper has become more and more common following the antics of All-Star Rory Beggan, and Laois goalkeeper Graham Brody, but it was only a matter of time before this happened.
Galway and Connacht champions, An Spidéal entered into today’s All-Ireland intermediate final against Antrim’s Naomh Eanna buoyed by goalkeeper Magnus Breathnach’s performances up until this point.
The goalkeeper has been in inspirational form in his role as fly-keeper, charging up the field in the final minute over their Connacht final, drawing a foul and then kicking it himself to secure provincial glory.
Unfortunately for Breathnach, it all went pear-shaped today. The Galway man went for a one-two on his own 45-yard line before being dispossessed by impressive Naomh Eanna midfielder, Joe Maskey who instinctively kicked the ball, long and high and into the goal to score one of the strangest goals an All-Ireland semi-final has ever seen.
CÚL eile ag @NaomhEannaCLG
— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) January 20, 2019
Naomh Eanna – who we profiled before their Ulster final detailing their tragic past – went on to win the game 3-09 to 0-11 and set up a day out in Croke Park against Kerry champions Kilcummin who overcame Kildare’s Two-Mile House by a single point (0-11 0-10) in today’s other semifinal.
The All-Ireland junior football final has also been finalised as Sligo champions Easkey take on Kerry’s Beaufort. Easkey overcame Donegal’s Red Hughs in Ballinamore on a scoreline of 1-08 0-09, whilst Beaufort had two points to spare over Dundalk Young Irelands in O’Moore Park.
In hurling, Eddie Brennan’s Graigue-Ballycallan were defeated by a Darragh Fitzgibbon inspired Charleville in Semple Stadium yesterday (1-13 1-15). In the other semi-final Galway’s Oranmore-Maree overcame former senior football champions St. Galls in Parnell Park on a scoreline of 1-13 2-04.
The All-Ireland junior hurling final will take place between Kilkenny’s Dunnamaggin and Monaghan’s Castleblayney who came over Cloughduv and Carrick respectively.
Dunnamaggin and Cork’s Cloughduv played out a titanic battle in which went to extra time before the Kilkenny men prevailed by the minimum (0-23 2-16). The Monaghan men also scraped through by a single point in a low scoring affair with Leitrim champions Carrick who themselves have had a tremendous season winning a Connacht title against all the odds.
All-Ireland club IFC semi-final results:
An Spidéal (Galway) 0-11 Naomh Eanna (Antrim) 3-9 – Pairc Tailteann
Two Mile House (Kildare) 0-10 Kilcummin (Kerry) 0-11 – Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
All-Ireland club JFC semi-final results:
Easkey (Sligo) 1-8 Red Hughs (Donegal) 0-9 – Ballinamore
Dundalk Young Irelands (Louth) 0-10 Beaufort (Kerry) 0-12 – O’Moore Park
All-Ireland club IHC semi-final results:
Oranmore-Maree 1-13 St Galls 2-4 – Parnell Park
Graigue-Ballycallan 1-13 Charleville 1-15 – Semple Stadium
All-Ireland club JHC semi-final results:
Carrick 0-10 Castleblayney 1-8 – Cusack Park
Dunnamaggin 0-23 Cloughduv 2-16 – Fraher Field, Dungarvan – AET