Sunday 4 December 2016

GAA Flashback – This weekend in past seasons

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

Meath's Joe Sheridan
Meath's Joe Sheridan
Declan O'Sullivan, Kerry
Charlie Carter, Kilkenny

This weekend in past seasons

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5 years ago: Sheridan 'goal' sparks mayhem

Meath 1-12 Louth 1-10 Leinster SFC Final

Bidding for their first Leinster title in 53 years, Louth were controversially denied after the allotted three minutes of additional time had elapsed.

Meath pushed hard for an equaliser after JP Rooney's 62nd-minute goal, and Joe Sheridan carried the ball over the goal-line to spark mayhem at Croke Park.

Within seconds, referee Martin Sludden blew the full-time whistle; ugly scenes followed, with irate fans running onto the field, as Louth's long wait for the title cruelly went on.

Elsewhere, in the Munster hurling decider, a late Tony Browne goal gave Waterford a second chance against Cork.

Ben O'Connor and Aisake O hHailpin looked to have sealed the game for the Rebels only for Browne to strike late and force a replay.

Dublin were unconvincing winners in their football qualifier against Tipperary, which left questions hanging over Pat Gilroy's tenure.

Bernard Brogan scored seven points (four from play) as the Dubs stuttered their way into the next round.

10 years ago this week: O'Sullivan seals title

Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 Munster SFC Final

Kerry claimed their third consecutive Munster title and their 70th in total as Declan O'Sullivan's 42nd-minute goal dashed Cork's hopes of causing an upset.

The Rebels led by a point at the break (0-8 to 0-7) and although Michael O Croinin added to their lead shortly after the restart, they lost their way and the Kingdom punished them.

As soon as O'Sullivan rattled the back of the net, Kerry assumed the ascendancy and never let up in their relentless pursuit of yet another title.

Galway were crowned Connacht champions after they dethroned Mayo, who were dismal on the day in a 0-10 to 0-8 defeat.

Michael Donnellan fired over four points for the Tribesmen but it was Paul Clancy's performance at centre-back that most caught the eye as he nullified the attacking threat of Ciaran McDonald.

Stephen O'Neill's 10 points weren't enough for Tyrone to claim the Ulster title as an injury-time Steven McDonnell goal and a long-range point from Paul McGrane ensured that the arch-rivals would meet again.

15  years ago this week: Cats tame timid Offaly

Kilkenny 2-21 Offaly 1-13 Leinster SHC Final

Kilkenny claimed their third Leinster title in a row and they didn't have to work all that hard for it as Offaly's weak challenge was over by the 50th minute.

Charlie Carter and DJ Carey both raised the green flag for the Cats, whose attacking play was easy on the eye - but that was largely due to Offaly's poor defending.

Kilkenny led by five points at half-time (1-10 to 0-8) and although Joe Dooley did briefly cut the gap, the Cats outscored their opponents 1-9 to 0-4 in the final 25 minutes to ease to victory.

Meanwhile in Connacht, Galway gave a timely reminder of their class as they blitzed Sligo in their semi-final meeting.

Sligo scored just four points on a miserable afternoon for them; the Tribesmen's quality was typified by a masterful display from Michael Donnellan.

Derry won their first Ulster SHC title in 92 years at the expense of Antrim thanks to John O'Dwyer's goal five minutes from time.

Antrim had appeared to be coasting to their 41st title, having established a four-point lead with 10 minutes left on the clock, but Derry struck late to stun their rivals.

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