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Maurice Fitz magic, the ‘crying baby’ and startled earwigs – Eight iconic football quarter-final moments

Knockout quarter-finals, absent since 2017, have delivered drama in spades over the years

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Kerry's Kieran Donaghy reacts to Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty after scoring his side's second goal in their 2006 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Kerry's Kieran Donaghy reacts to Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty after scoring his side's second goal in their 2006 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores the first of his three goals against Donegal – as goalkeeper Paul Durcan and Anthony Thompson watch on – in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores the first of his three goals against Donegal – as goalkeeper Paul Durcan and Anthony Thompson watch on – in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Kieran Donaghy, Kerry, scores a second Kerry goal past Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final, Armagh v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE

Kieran Donaghy, Kerry, scores a second Kerry goal past Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final, Armagh v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE

Colm Cooper, Kerry, celebrates after scoring his side's goal past Stephen Cluxton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Colm Cooper, Kerry, celebrates after scoring his side's goal past Stephen Cluxton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Kerry's Kieran Donaghy reacts to Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty after scoring his side's second goal in their 2006 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

It’s five years since we had straight knockout All-Ireland quarter-finals, nine since they were all hosted over a single weekend.

If history is any sort of gauge, there’s a fair to decent chance we’ll see something this coming Saturday or Sunday that lingers in the memory after the season is over.


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