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Wednesday 17 September 2014

GAA Flashback - A look at this weekend in past seasons

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

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Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny. 2009 Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Kilkenny v Waterford, Croke Park, Dublin
Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny. 2009 Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Kilkenny v Waterford, Croke Park, Dublin
Tom Brewster, Fermanagh, 2004 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter Final, Armagh v Fermanagh
Joe Deane, Cork
Joe Deane, Cork

5 years ago this week: King Henry leads the way

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Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15

ALL-IRELAND SHC S/F

Henry Shefflin was in imperious form as he struck 1-14 to see off a valiant effort from the Deise. Eddie Brennan also raised the green flag for the Cats but despite Waterford's efforts, Kilkenny were never in any real danger of letting this one slip.

Many had expected Brian Cody's side to breeze into another final but they didn't have it all their own way. The final scoreline would have looked a whole lot different but for a terrific stoppage-time save from PJ Ryan, who deflected Eoin Kelly's rasping effort over the bar.

There were still questions for Kilkenny to answer, notably the fact that they conceded 3-15, but Cody was aware that they still had plenty left in the tank for yet another All-Ireland final.

Meath put their Leinster quarter-final defeat behind them to advance to the last four of the All-Ireland SFC at the expense of Mayo, who imploded on the big stage once again. Joe Sheridan put in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals fans had been longing for.

10 years ago this week: Brewster the hero

Fermanagh 0-12 Armagh 0-11

ALL-IRELAND SFC Q/F

Fermanagh stunned Ulster champions Armagh to seal a shock place in the semi-finals. Not many had given them a chance against the Orchard County, especially given their problems behind the scenes over the winter, but Fermanagh were full value for their win.

It took an injury-time winner from Tom Brewster to snatch victory, but in truth Fermanagh were disappointed not to have been in a far more comfortable position at that stage given their dominance.

Brewster had come on as an early substitute and despite an off day from placed balls, he held his nerve to score the last two points of the game to seal a historic victory for Fermanagh.

Enda McNulty was sent off for an altercation with Martin McGrath, which put a huge dent in Armagh's hopes of reaching the last four as Fermanagh made their numerical advantage count.

Mayo joined Fermanagh in the last four as they dethroned Tyrone (0-16 to 1-9) in stunning fashion. Alan Dillon scored six points for a Mayo side that out-thought Tyrone on a day when their dream of retaining their All-Ireland crown was dashed.

Kilkenny saw off Waterford in their All-Ireland hurling semi-final clash as they remained on course to become the first team to win three consecutive titles in 90 years.

15 years ago this week: Rebels reign in the rain

Cork 0-19 Offaly 0-16

ALL-IRELAND SHC S/F

Played in torrential conditions, this enthralling encounter still lives long in the memory as one of the most gripping last-four clashes between two powerhouses of the game.

Cork came into the game as massive underdogs against the reigning All-Ireland champions but they got their tactics spot on to make Offaly the sixth successive champions to be stripped of their title the following year.

Joe Deane further enhanced his reputation as one of the most deadly free-takers in the country as he fired over seven points from placed balls as well as tacking on three from play.

Try as he might, the outstanding Brian Whelahan couldn't inspire a late Offaly rally as they were repeatedly denied by a stubborn Cork full-back line as well as Donal Og Cusack behind them.

Brian Corcoran drove the Rebels on from centre-back and he rallied those around him – particularly with two long-range points.

Offaly's period of dominance looked to be at an end but for Cork it was a promising new dawn. Cork advanced to their first All-Ireland final in seven years and with their footballers also competing in the semi-final, they remained on course to win a rare senior double.

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