Friday 23 February 2018

Flashback: This weekend in past seasons, Bray leads Royals rout

Meath 5-9 Dublin 0-13

Stephen Bray
Stephen Bray
A goal from Kieran Murphy helped rally his side
Donie Ryan

Leinster SFC Semi-Final

Five years ago this week: Dublin hadn't conceded five goals in a Championship game since a star-studded Kerry forward line dismantled them in 1978, but Meath ran riot to reach their first Leinster final in nine years.

Stephen Bray began the rout with a goal after 10 minutes which unsettled a nervy Dubs full-back line and although the sides were level at the break, Meath won the second half by a staggering 4-4 to 0-5.

Bray added a second goal while Cian Ward, Joe Sheridan and Brian Farrell also raised the green flag to heap further pressure on Dubs manager Pat Gilroy.

Louth ended a 50-year wait to reach a Leinster final after they held on to beat Westmeath 1-15 to 2-10. Colm Judge's second-half goal was crucial, and his late point gave them breathing space to set up an intriguing meeting with Meath.

Garrett Bradshaw was 14-man Galway's hero as the defender kicked an injury-time free to earn a replay against Sligo in the Connacht semi-final.

Six Paul Finlay points booked Monaghan's place in the Ulster decider.

Cork’s final relief

Munster SHC Final

Cork1-21 Tipperary 1-16

10 years ago this week: Cork captured their 50th Munster hurling title but having racked up a commanding 11-point lead over Tipperary, they were made to sweat in the second half.

The Rebels lost inspirational forward Brian Corcoran after just 13 minutes but a goal from Kieran Murphy helped rally his side, as they put one hand on the trophy.

Tipp, however, would win the second half by six points and a 62nd-minute Tommy Dunne goal threatened to spark what would have been a stunning comeback.

Cork held out, however, and late points from Ben O'Connor and Murphy settled any late nerves.

Armagh struggled for long periods of their Ulster semi-final against Derry but found enough in reserve to advance. Substitute John Toal scored the only goal of the game 17 minutes into the second half of a contest that never really caught fire.

Aaron Kernan scored four points from defence; Derry lacked the ruthless streak to beat the Orchard County.

Peter Canavan reeled in the years to score 1-7 in Tyrone's semi-final replay win over Cavan.


Ryan earns Offaly replay

Leinster SFC Semi-Final

Kildare 0-11 Offaly 1-8

15 years ago this week: Offaly left it late when super-sub Donie Ryan's goal with two minutes left on the clock ensured that they would live to fight another day - and they might well have won it deep into injury-time.

Goalkeeper Padraig Kelly was summoned to take a free, 60 yards from goal but it came agonisingly back off the crossbar.

Kildare should have been out of sight at that stage, having opened up a five-point lead (0-10 to 0-5), but they allowed their opponents claw their way back into it.

When Padraig Gravin pointed a free late on, it looked as if Kildare would hang on, only for Ryan to strike late and force a replay.

Elsewhere, Tipperary's young footballers fell short against Clare as the Banner County reached their first Munster final in three years.

Martin Daly's accuracy from the dead ball eased Clare to a 0-15 to 0-10 victory.

Fermanagh fell just short (0-13 to 0-12) against Armagh - a result that signalled the end of Pat King's four-year tenure in charge. King's charges were left to rue Rory Gallagher's late miss from a free as Armagh marched on.

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