Saturday 18 November 2017

Flashback: This weekend in past seasons

Five years ago this week: Doyle guides Kildare into last four

John Doyle
John Doyle
David Forde
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Kildare overcame a couple of major setbacks to knock Leinster champions Meath of the Championship.

The Lilywhites lost their captain Dermot Earley to a knee injury in the opening minute but they still managed to overturn a six-point deficit.

Meath struggled to contain John Doyle all afternoon and although he looked nervy from frees, he went on to score eight points in a man-of-the-match performance.

The Royals led by a point at the interval (1-9 to 2-5) but James Kavanagh's goal three minutes into first-half stoppage time swung the momentum in Kildare's favour.

Meath could only add three points in what was a hugely one-sided second half in which a ruthless Kildare side put them to the sword.

Cork joined Kildare in the semi-finals after eventually seeing off Roscommon.

Pearse O'Neill's goal was the final nail in the Rossies' coffin as they lost the final 25 minutes 1-8 to 0-2.

Nine points from the boot of Bernard Brogan set Dublin up a for last-four clash with Cork while Down stunned Kerry.

Kildare 2-17 Meath 1-12, All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final


Ten years ago this week: Forde inspires Galway

Led by the outstanding David Forde, Galway produced a stunning comeback to set up a semi-final meeting with Kilkenny.

Tipperary had led by six points after 56 minutes but when Damien Hayes rattled the back of the net shortly after, Galway's confidence soared.

Forde raised the green flag shortly after the restart and he was a constant threat to a weakening Tipp backline.

First-half goals from Tommy Dunne and Eoin Kelly looked to have set the Premier County on their way to the last four but they were run ragged in the second period.

Limerick were no match for Kilkenny and despite winning convincingly (0-18 to 0-13), they lacked the sort of conviction that they had shown in previous campaigns.

Although a superb Limerick defensive effort kept the Cats' potent forward line quiet, they ran out of steam. Henry Shefflin scored nine points (seven frees) for the eventual winners but there were still plenty of questions left to answer.

Mayo's footballers edged past Cavan (0-11 to 0-8) but it was far from a memorable encounter at Hyde Park.

Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18, All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final


Fifteen years ago this week: Moran point rescues Dublin

A brilliant Leinster final ended in suitably thrilling fashion as Dublin snatched a late draw to force a replay against Kildare.

rewarded with a vintage display.

The Dubs kicked three points in the opening six minutes but Kildare kept in touch and Ronan Sweeney equalised for the Lilywhites after 50 minutes.

Martin Lynch looked to have grabbed the victory with a point late on but Dublin worked the ball up field and Colin Moran held his nerve to earn his side a replay.

In Connacht, Galway were crowned champions for the 40th time at the expense of a Leitrim side (1-13 to 0-8) who had to wait until the 33rd minute for their first score.

It wasn't until the 53rd minute that Leitrim got their first score from play which summed up their struggles.

Derek Savage's first-half goal set the Tribesmen on their way and along with the in-form Pádraic Joyce and Niall Finnegan, Galway were always in control.

Dublin 0-14 Kildare 0-14, Leinster SFC Final

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