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The Best Football Championship Games Of The Summer

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I thoroughly enjoyed the All Ireland Round 3 Qualifier between Kildare V Mayo in Newbridge. The game generated so much interest after the 'Newbridge Or Nowhere' Saga and it didn't fail to deliver on its promise. Both sets of fans packed out St Conleths Park and there was some great score taking. It ebbed and flowed right until the last second of the seven minutes of injury time.

What's your pick for the best football championship games of Summer 2018?

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 685 - 21/11/2018 17:43:12    2152024

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Monaghan v Kerry... quality, drama & atmosphere!

Monaghan Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 351 - 21/11/2018 18:36:08    2152030

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Kildare Galway excellent game. End to end with 35 scores.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1385 - 21/11/2018 19:49:45    2152043

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Carlow Vs Kildare for obvious biased reasons, other than that, I enjoyed Kildare Vs mayo and Kerry Vs Monaghan, I thought Tyrone Vs Monaghan was very enjoyable too and Meath Vs tyrone. Donegal Vs tyrone had its moments too.

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1177 - 21/11/2018 19:52:54    2152044

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Super 8s Dublin V Roscommon, real cliffhanger
Seriously though, Tyrone V Dublin in Omagh was pretty good

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7060 - 21/11/2018 23:59:37    2152062

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Monaghan v Kerry for me. I could not believe how open Kerry were. Beggan's kickouts were off the charts that day too. Kerry were dead and buried you thought until you saw O'Donoghue arching in that ball towards Donaghy. Surely not again! Bam! Clifford buries it! The very essence of why we play and enjoy sport so much encapsulated in that one play. Sheer joy and relief for Kerry the fans, the Monaghan fans incredulous as to how they hadn't won the game.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6109 - 22/11/2018 11:08:53    2152087

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Roscommon v Armagh was a pretty enjoyable game in soaring temperatures at O'Moore Park. It must have had the highest scoring first half in the championship.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 294 - 22/11/2018 12:41:37    2152100

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Tyrone were involved in several hard championship matches this year but playing the All-Ireland Champions in Omagh both very unique and very enjoyable.

Byanthon (Tyrone) - Posts: 1507 - 23/11/2018 13:02:00    2152223

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Monaghan v Kerry for me. I could not believe how open Kerry were. Beggan's kickouts were off the charts that day too. Kerry were dead and buried you thought until you saw O'Donoghue arching in that ball towards Donaghy. Surely not again! Bam! Clifford buries it! The very essence of why we play and enjoy sport so much encapsulated in that one play. Sheer joy and relief for Kerry the fans, the Monaghan fans incredulous as to how they hadn't won the game."
Yep the Farney v Kingdom for me aswell (though obviously I'm biased). Beautiful day, new surroundings, our very survival on the line, great atmosphere, some wonderful scores and performances. Was surreal to see how a split second saw us Kerry fans going from sheer despair to elation while the Monaghan fans looked like they had been transported from a carnival to a funeral home!
It was a long drive home but at least the dream was still alive, for one more week anyway!
Monaghan deservedly made the Super 8s at our expense the following weekend, but I can't help think we would have given Dublin a hell of a lot more trouble than Galway ever mustered, despite how poor we seemed at times this summer.
Ah well, sure the League won't be long coming around, new year, new hope, new expectations.
Someone has to stop the 5 in a row ...

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 4068 - 23/11/2018 14:32:38    2152237

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Replying To Toney:  "Roscommon v Armagh was a pretty enjoyable game in soaring temperatures at O'Moore Park. It must have had the highest scoring first half in the championship."
Would agree. It was wonderful to watch - thrilling, exciting, heart-stopping but it was football from a bygone age where the emphasis was on trying to outscore each other.

neverright (Roscommon) - Posts: 1404 - 23/11/2018 15:30:58    2152248

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The Kerry game in Clones was something else, it had everything. It was a cracking day and the atmosphere was incredible. A novelty to have Kerry there at the height of summer, which is the best thing the super 8s have introduced imo, some freshness to the championship. Watching Kerry go man to man early was a dream for McManus, and it was a reminder of how devastating he can be without a packed defense. Beggan's kicking in the first half especially was incredible too. But Kerry came back into it largely due to the efforts of young Clifford, what a talent. I think alot of us left that day thinking we'd just seen one of the early big performances from a young fella who could go on to be a true great.

Mind you I probably wouldn't have as fond memories of that day if we didn't go and beat Galway to reach the semis. That was a nervy period in between, if we hadn't reached the semis this year after throwing away the lead against Kerry, I'd say everyone would have said we'd never have the stuff to get past the last 8, and they'd probably have been right. Thankfully that result didn't derail us but it was a real punch to the gut at the time. The worst feeling I've had at the end of a game since probably against the same opposition 11 years previous.

patk (Monaghan) - Posts: 743 - 23/11/2018 15:32:35    2152249

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