Monday 26 September 2016

Five of the best hurling qualifiers ever

James O'Donoghue

Published 22/06/2015 | 17:43

Wexford players Podge Doran, right, and Jack Guiney celebrate after beating Clare in the first round of the Championship. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Wexford players Podge Doran, right, and Jack Guiney celebrate after beating Clare in the first round of the Championship. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

The draw for the 2015 hurling qualifiers has been made with the pick of the draw being Wexford versus Cork in Wexford Park.

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The back door system has been in place since 1998 but the qualifiers only began in 2002. To whet your appetite for this year's championship, here five of the best qualifiers we've seen in the past 13 years.

 

2014 Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22 (AET) Phase 1 Replay

Wexford’s pulsating victory over the All Ireland Champions was seen as a rebirth of one of hurling’s historical powers.

A Harry Kehoe goal in extra time paved the way while three late Jack Guiney points sealed the victory. Joyous scenes followed as 'Dancing at the Crossroads' blared out around Wexford Park.

 

2013 Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 (AET) Phase 3

Kilkenny emerged from this epic in extra time but not before a night of high drama which included a last ever appearance for the Legendary Tony Browne.

Kevin Moran levelled the match in added time of normal time but controversy ensued as referee James Owens blew the full time whistle as Matthew Ruth was pointing. The Cats rattled off the last three scores in extra time to progress.

 

2008 Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 Phase 4

It was a game which Joe Canning announced his arrival on the scene for Galway as the rising star hit 2-12 terrorising the Cork defence.

However it was Cork who emerged victorious despite the loss of Donal Og Cusack who was red carded as 12 point hero Ben O’Connor inspired the rebels.

 

 

2006 Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 Group stage

One of the few positives to emerge from the ill-fated group qualifier system was both sides served up a thriller.

Eoin Kelly and John Mullane each hit 0-4 apiece as Waterford re-ignited their season eventually losing narrowly to Cork in a semi-final.

 

2004 Tipperary 2-10 Limerick 2-12 Phase 1

These two sides are partial to serving up the occasional thriller and that’s how it panned out in 2004 as Tipp edged it with goals from Tommy Dunne, John Carroll and Seamus Butler.

Current manager TJ Ryan lined out at full-back that day and epitomised Limericks throw everything at the opposition style but unfortunately it wasn’t to be for the Treaty County.

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