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Ranking The Five Greatest All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals Since Their Inception In 1997

With the All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter-finals taking place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh this week, we take a trip down memory lane to recall some of the best quarter-final clashes we have seen since they were introduced in 1997.

5. Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (2004)

While The Cats recorded a facile victory in the replay a week later in Semple Stadium, when the two sides met in Croke Park, we were treated to a classic.

A mere procession victory for Brian Cody’s side was expected, but Anthony Daly had other ideas, as The Banner packed a punch.

For much of the game, it looked like Kilkenny were going to be beaten for the second time that summer, as Clare came roaring back in the second half. Jamesie O’Connor popped up with a late equaliser.

Confusion reigned at full-time, as it was announced over the intercom that there would be extra-time, but this was soon amended, and they clashed in Thurles six days later.

All Ireland Senior Hurling Quarter Final Kilkenny vs Clare 25/7/2004 Jamsie O'Connor of Clare Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

4. Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (2009)

Galway have never beaten Waterford in the Championship. (We’d love to see that stat being put to the test in 2017!)

The Tribesmen were favourites to progress, having recovered from a respectable loss to Kilkenny in Leinster by comfortably dealing with Clare and Cork in the back door.

However, as the game headed down the home straight, John Mullane popped up with an outrageous winner, to see The Déise march onto a semi-final.

3. Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16 (1997)

Kilkenny and Galway faced off on the weekend of the first All-Ireland quarter-finals, and the crowds in Thurles were treated to fireworks.

The Tribesmen had gotten their noses in front, but DJ Carey put in a huge display, scoring 2-8 and leading the Cats to victory.

2. Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (2007)

A contender for the best game of this famed rivalry, and that’s saying something. After Waterford got past The Rebels in Munster, they met once again in Croke Park.

Nothing could separate the two sides, in an absorbing contest. Cork looked to be home and hosed, at 3-16 to 2-15 heading into the dying embers of the clash, but Justin McCarthy’s side fought back to bring the tie to a replay.

All Ireland Quater Final 29/7/2007 Cork vs Waterford Waterford's Dan Shanahan scores despite the flying hurl Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

1. Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (2010)

This is a tie which remains a contender to be considered the greatest game of hurling we have seen at Croke Park. It was a clash which had everything, as the two counties went point-for-point for the majority of the game. Lar Corbett popped up at the end to win the game (not the last time he would have a crucial interjection that summer).

Looking back at Galway’s near All-Ireland misses in recent years, this must rank highly, considering that they ran Tipp closer than anyone in the All-Ireland series.

Honourable mentions:

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-13 (2013)

Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13 (2006)

Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18 (2006)

Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15 (2001)

Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (1999)

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Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we chat to Shane McGrath ahead of Tipperary vs Clare.

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