Sunday 19 November 2017

Six of the greatest GAA comebacks of all time

Damien Dunne

Westmeath produced one of the greatest ever GAA comebacks when they fought back from a 10-point first half deficit to record their first ever win over Meath in the championship. Here are six great GAA revivals.

1) Offaly 3-16 Limerick 2-13 1994

This match would become famously known as the 'five minute final' and was one of the most explosive All-Ireland final finishes of all time.

Limerick were comfortably in the lead by five points with five minutes to go, then Offaly made a sensational comeback scoring two goals through Johnny Dooley and Patrick Connors and five points to bring the Liam McCarthy back to the Faithful County. 

2) Dublin 2-12 Cork 2-13, 2014 Ladies All-Ireland final

The half time score was Dublin 1-7 Cork 0-4, and seven minutes into the second half they were 10 points up after Lindsay Peats goal. Amazingly, within 20 minutes the game was level with both teams on 2-11 after Cork scored a goal through Eimear Scally.

The winning point was scored in the 59th minute by Geraldine O’Flynn and the comeback was complete.

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28 September 2014; Cork manager Eamon Ryan with players, from left to right, Grace Kearney, Geraldine O'Flynn, Angela Walsh, Valerie Mulcahy and Deirdre O'Reilly after the game. TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

3) Galway 5-16 Kilkenny 3-22, Leinster SHC semi-final 2014

Trailing by 10 points with nine minutes remaining, Galway came storming back in their Leinster semi-final with eventual All-Ireland champions Kilkenny.

Galway managed to get back level in the 72nd minute before Henry Shefflin and Joe Canning traded two unbelievable ( and unbelievably similar) points to force a replay. An unforgettable finish.

4) Mayo 1-16 Dublin 2-12, 2006 All-Ireland SFC semi-final

 

The tension between both teams began to show before a ball was even kicked, when Mayo infamously decided to warm up in front of the Hill and Dublin joined them. 

Dublin were in the lead for the most of the game, at one stage they were seven points ahead but back came the Connacht side.

Andy Moran came off the bench to score a goal and bring Mayo back into it before Ciaran McDonald's sublime left-footed score gave them a one-point win.

5) Wexford 2-14 Meath 2-13, 2008 Leinster SFC

 

Meath were comfortable ahead at half time, leading by 10 points and could easily have been more.  Wexford got a goal back after 52 minutes through Redmond Barry and then got another on the hour from PJ Banville, bringing the gap back to three points with 11 minutes left. 

Shane Roche pulled another point back before Meath's Mark Ward was sent off for a second yellow, Matty Forde stepped up to score the winning point just before the stroke of full time and the Model County had achieved one of the best GAA comebacks ever.

6) Wicklow 0-11 Leitrim 0-10, 2015 National League Division Four

Wicklow created an amazing comeback story in this year's by beating Leitrim by 0-11 to 0-10 having trailed by nine points to no score after 26 minutes.

Johnny Magee's side rallied and by the time Leitrim had kicked their 10th and final point the Connacht side were beaten.

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