Over the weekend, majestic points were scored in both hurling and football by Austin Gleeson of Waterford and Colin O’Riordan of Tipperary. Both scores were out of the top drawer, which triggered us here at Pundit Arena to take a trip down memory lane.
Here is a list of five GAA scores that we all need to see again.
1. Maurice Fitzgerald’s point vs Dublin, 2001
First on the list, is Maurice Fitzgerald’s iconic point against the Dubs in Thurles back in 2001. It was All-Ireland quarter-final day and with time almost up, the Kingdom trailed by a point.
Up stepped Maurice Fitzgerald and with the outside of his right boot from the sideline, he steered the football over the black spot to the delight of the Kerry faithful. Brilliant from the St.Mary’s man.
2. John Fenton’s goal vs Limerick, 1987
For our second score, we turn our attention to the small ball. We take you back to the 1987 Munster hurling semi-final replay, when Cork took on Limerick. Thurles was again the venue.
When the ball broke to the onrushing Fenton, he pulled first time on the sliotar from about 40 yards out. The ball flew off the Midleton man’s hurley and glided straight in to the top corner of the net. Slick wrists would be an understatement!
Check out the goal below.
3. Ciaran Carey’s point vs Clare, 1996
Ciaran Carey’s match-winning point against Clare in 1996 fits the bill at number three. In the opening round of the Munster championship, Limerick faced then reigning All-Ireland champions, Clare.
With the game deadlocked and time running out, Carey led by example. He caught a puck-out and soloed 50 yards up the pitch before striking a point off his left-side, which went sailing over the black spot. Carey’s score has gone down as one of the greatest match-winners of all-time.
4. Kevin Foley’s goal vs Dublin, 1991
At number four, it’s Kevin Foley’s goal for Meath against Dublin in the third replay of the 1991 Leinster championship first round. The team-work, support play and pace that lead to Foley’s finish was simply sublime from the Royal men.
Starting from their own endline, Meath worked the ball at pace, using a variety of accurate kick passing and short hand passing.
Now that’s what you need to do to break down a blanket defence!
5. Owen Mulligan vs Dublin 2005/Stephen O’Neill vs Kildare, 2013
Tyrone footballers must practice their dummies a lot! For our fifth and final score, we’ve decided to share the award between two of Tyrone’s finest footballing men. Both scores from Owen Mulligan and Stephen O’Neill were acts of sheer class.
Mulligan’s goal will live long in the memory of Tyrone fans as he set them on the road to All-Ireland glory in 2005, with a majestic individual goal against the Dubs. O’Neill’s point may not be as remebered but his solo dummy against Kildare in 2013 was simply top-class.
Check out both scores below.
Seamus Darby, Mikey Sheehy and Jimmy Barry-Murphy all just miss out on the football front while D.J Carey and Eddie Keher are unlucky not to make it, hurling wise.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena.