Wednesday 18 October 2017

5 other great GAA shocks

1989 All-Ireland SHC semi-final

Antrim 4-15 Offaly 1-15

Antrim bridged a 46-year gap to reach the All-Ireland final by taking out an Offaly side that had won All-Irelands in 1981 and '85.

Aidan McCarry and Olcan McFetridge did the damage with hauls of 2-4 and 2-3 respectively as the Faithful men formed a guard of honour as Antrim walked off the field. That was to be the end of the fairytale for Antrim who were soundly beaten by Tipperary in the All-Ireland final.

2003 Ulster SFC prelim round

Monaghan 0-13 Armagh 0-9

Colm Coyle's Monaghan dumped the reigning All-Ireland champions out of the race for the Anglo Celt cup in sensational fashion.

The unfancied Farney men survived the dismissal of Damien Freeman 10 minutes into the second half to oust the Orchard men, thanks to an assured display of free taking from debutant Paul Finlay, who kicked 0-8.

Armagh were also reduced to 14 men when Andy McCann was sent off late on, but the absence of Kieran McGeeney proved too much for the All-Ireland champions, who, however, would go on to reach that year's All-Ireland final before losing out to Tyrone.

1992 Munster SFC final

Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12

Clare had conceded 9-21 against Kerry 13 years earlier and the Banner were given no chance heading into this Munster final, but they stunned the Kingdom and that success remains their only provincial football title in the last 95 years.

The result goes down as one of the biggest shocks in football as a 28-year- old John Maughan masterminded Kerry's downfall. Goals from Colm Clancy and Martin Daly sent the Banner on their way to provincial glory. However, Clare's All-Ireland dream died at the semi-final stage when they were beaten by Dublin.

2004 Leinster SHC semi-final

Wexford 2-15 Kilkenny 1-15

Games where no silverware is at stake rarely spark pitch invasions, but that's exactly what Wexford managed when they saw off the Cats in Croke Park.

Kilkenny were searching for a seventh successive Leinster title, But Wexford went toe-to-toe with the Cats for 70 minutes and stole it at the death when Michael Jacob popped up with a goal to spark scenes of wild celebrations.

2008 Leinster SFC

Prelim round

Wicklow 0-13 Kildare 0-9

Kieran McGeeney had just been installed in Kildare to much fanfare and his side were expected to get by Mick O'Dwyer's Wicklow, who previously had never won a senior championship game in Croke Park.

But the Kerry maestro worked the oracle again as Wicklow headed their opponents for most of the game to secure only their second win against the Lilies since 1911 thanks to strong performances from Tony Hannon and Seanie Furlong.

Wicklow lost narrowly to Laois next time out, but Kildare recovered to reach the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Irish Independent

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