Sunday 4 December 2016

Eugene McGee: Down are tops in battle of traditional values

Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00

Do we GAA followers really appreciate how lucky we are? For the past two Sundays we have seen two absolutely magnificent sporting contests, full of immense skill, marvellous examples of individual brilliance and dramatic finishes which left audiences almost breathless.

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Cork versus Dublin and Down versus Kildare -- unlikely pairings earlier in the year to be involved in All-Ireland semi-finals -- provided two truly memorable occasions that we should all be grateful for.

Yesterday's game was one of the most exciting matches I have ever seen. There were many other wonderful aspects to it as well, but the sheer drama and excitement of the final few minutes was incredible. The scene at the end, when Kildare's Rob Kelly had to beat about eight opponents on the goal-line from a free, was something we have rarely seen at Croke Park, and the fact that he went within inches of achieving the target will live forever with those who were lucky enough to be present.

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