Saturday 21 January 2017

All-too familiar heartache for Cavan and Kildare fans

Published 22/04/2013 | 05:00

Galway’s Seán Moran tries to get past Jonathan Byrne during Saturday’s Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final at O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Galway’s Seán Moran tries to get past Jonathan Byrne during Saturday’s Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final at O'Connor Park, Tullamore

After all the talk in recent weeks about anti-social behaviour on the GAA field – spitting, biting, etc – it was a joy to visit O'Connor Park in Tullamore to watch four teams made up of top U-21 players play Gaelic football as it should be performed.

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Different styles of play, several outstanding individuals, a large crowd for a Saturday afternoon, all taking place in possibly the best small stadium in the country with state-of-the-art facilities for players, spectators and even the media.

Galway, Kildare, Cork and Cavan represented the four provinces but it was Cavan and Kildare that provided over 90pc of the crowd of over 8,000. I have always stated that these two counties are among the best followers for their teams in the country and so it was on the day.

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