Wednesday 19 June 2019

'There were Dublin people getting up and leaving their seats'- Sean Moran's goal keeps the Leinster championship wide open

Seán Moran of Dublin shoots to score his side's first goal, a penalty, during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Seán Moran of Dublin shoots to score his side's first goal, a penalty, during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Morley

After leading the game for large parts the Dublin hurlers found themselves three points down in the last play of the game. As Sean Moran stood up to take the final free of the game, the dejected Dublin faithful were beginning to vacate Parnell Park.

Miraculously Moran's miss hit free found the back of the Wexford net and after an opening defeat to Kilkenny, coming out of Parnell Park without a precious championship point was not an option for Mattie Kenny's side.

"There was Dublin people getting up and leaving their seats when the final free was given. Liam Rushe was fouled by, it might have been Damien Reck," said GAA Reporter Conor McKeon on The Throw-In podcast, in association with Bord Gáis Energy.

McKeon dismissed comparisons of Moran's goal to the goal he scored in the drawn All Ireland club final (2018) for Cuala against Na Piarsaigh, suggesting it was a harder shot to pull off considering in the club final Moran had both sides of the goal to aim at.

"People say it was very similar to the All Ireland final club strike, but it wasn't. In the All Ireland club final Moran was straight in front of the goal, he could have gone either side. This was out on the right hand side and it adds a couple of meters to the distance."

However, McKeon concluded that Moran's finish was due to luck more than skill this time, as his miss hit of the free allowed it the skid and bounce into the Wexford net.

Considering the back and forth nature of the game, McKeon believes a draw was a fair result but more importantly it keeps the Leinster championship alive.

If Dublin had lost a second game we would have known the top three (Galway, Kilkenny and Wexford), as Wexford and Dublin looked likely to battle it out for third place with Carlow at two losses from two games.

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"What it does is it keeps the Leinster championship alive because if Dublin had lost we would've known the top three and with two games to go the only thing to be decided would've been who is in the Leinster final and who qualifies for the qualifier game, and that would have been incredibly boring," added McKeon.

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