Friday 25 May 2018

Flashback: This weekend in past seasons

Richie Power's performance for Kilkenny was exemplary
Richie Power's performance for Kilkenny was exemplary
Johnny Dooley became a more central figure for Offaly
Kerry outscored Mayo by 1-8 to 0-3 in a rampant 18-minute spell which was started by a goal from Darragh Ó Sé
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

5 years ago this week: Power surge dismantles Rebels - Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19 (All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final)

Kilkenny had to overcome the loss of Brian Hogan and Henry Shefflin to injury within the first half an hour but they had already sealed victory and with it, an 11th All-Ireland final appearance in 13 years.

The Cats had built a nine-point lead by that stage (2-6 to 0-3) and with no Cork forward scoring in the first half, and indeed until the 15th minute of the second, Kilkenny pulled away with ease.

Only three of Kilkenny's first-half total of 2-12 came from frees with no fewer than eight different players contributing.

Richie Power was excellent all afternoon and he finished with 1-8 to his name while Aidan Fogarty and Eddie Brennan also hit the back of the net.

Pat Horgan saw a 48th-minute penalty saved which summed up the Rebels' frustrations on an afternoon where they were outplayed from start to finish.

Denis Walsh's side did outscore Kilkenny by 0-14 to 1-10 in the second half but it came as little consolation as they exited the Championship with a whimper and piled further pressure on the manager's job.

10 years ago this week: Ó Sé goal sees off Mayo - Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18 (All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final)

Alan Dillon's free on the stroke of half-time cut the deficit to a single point (1-7 to 0-9) but in typical fashion, Kerry's second-half burst proved how superior they were.

Kerry outscored Mayo by 1-8 to 0-3 in a rampant 18-minute spell which was started by a goal from Darragh ó Sé.

Colm Cooper had also already raised the green flag in the first half and although Mayo never gave in, the Kingdom were always in control and sealed their place in the last four.

They were joined by Cork who had a much tougher encounter against Galway. The Tribesmen had opened up a six-point lead (2-7 to 1-4) after Michael Meehan's 26th-minute goal but Cork's revival was inspired by Anthony Lynch.

Brendan Jer O'Sullivan and John Hayes scored 1-3 each for the Rebels but it was Lynch who repeatedly asked questions of the defence.

His excellent point late on booked his side's place in the semi-final for the first time in three years.

15 years ago this week: Dooley punishes slack Cork - Offaly 0-19 Cork 0-15 (All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final)

Offaly upset the odds to stun Cork and reach the All-Ireland final for the fourth time in seven years.

The Rebels were guilty of hitting 16 wides - 10 in the first half compared to Offaly's five. They opened up a three-point lead after three minutes at which point fears began to grow amongst the Faithful contingent inside Croke Park

Cork led by 0-12 to 0-10 at the interval and extended that lead to three points by the 41st minute but after that, they failed to score for 18 minutes. Offaly grew in confidence and with Johnny Dooley becoming a more central figure, they played their way back into the contest.

Man-of-the match Simon Whelahan reeled in the years to put in a tremendous shift at the back and although the classy Joe Deane scored 10 points (four from play), he still found himself on the losing side.

Offaly upped the tempo in the second half and Cork were stunned by the rousing comeback.

The outstanding Dooley would finish the match with seven points to his name, while Johnny Pilkington chipped in with four crucial points from play to end the Rebels' hopes of another All-Ireland title.

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