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Replying To Canuck:  "Paul Flynn's goal from 45 yds out against Cork. The goal was lined and Donal Og could only look at it sail into the top corner. Flynn could put the ball in your ear."
Yes indeed. Living in Cork for many years ,I was so often reminded of John Fenton's superb strike in '87 as an example of Cork Hurling elegance. However after that day in 2004 I could always reply 'but what about Flynn's finish with and, not one, but three Cork men on the goal line.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 2424 - 10/11/2019 17:46:14    2248899

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Replying To Breezy:  "I've been trying to think of an iconic Limerick score from 2018 but can't think of of an individual one that stands out. Maybe the 3 against Kilkenny after the late goal or Dowling putting a bit of breathing space between usthe final but the big moments that come to mind for me were 2 almost scores Quiads stealing the sliotar straight off Kingston's Hurley and Joe dropping it short with the last play in the final"
Well i thing the block down, pick and go by Peter Casey in the build up to Dowling goal was top class and Tom Morrissey superb ball control ,when his goal, was also memorable.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 2424 - 10/11/2019 17:48:57    2248900

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PJ Gillics long punt into the Dublin square that hopped over the bar to rescue Meath in the first game of the 91 saga.
Any one of Jody Devines four in first replay against Kildare in 97
Ollie Murphys goal against Cork in 99 from a great knockdown by GG
Pride of place has to go to Kevin Foleys goal to bring us level against Dublin in 91

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1432 - 10/11/2019 17:59:44    2248901

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Donaghy's goal in the 2014 final haunts me to this day. I've never watched that final back in its entirety. I tried to one evening, got as far as Papa's unfortunate kick out and just had to switch it off.

Sickening."
The wife treated me to a medley of Love Island Australia and then Celebrity X Factor last night. Needless to say attention was quickly diverted.

Feckin Kerry vs Donegal 2014 quickly came up on my YouTube feed. Be careful everyone...."they" are watching us!

So what's everyone's thoughts? I really think Eoghan could land the Love Island Australia title this year, and for me, Simon really seems to be pushing Megan as a potential Christmas number 1 candidate. Be worth checking for a price in the bookies... ;)

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7069 - 10/11/2019 21:27:37    2248941

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Niall Quinlan's pressure point for Eire Og today in NCP for their game against Kildare's Sarsfields, he was drafted in as a sub, as soon as he entered the pitch he was handed the ball, his first touch, and given the task of taking a side line kick from an almost impossible acute angle which he duly sent between the posts for the best ICONIC point that I have ever seen scored, he, in my opinion will always be remembered for that point more so for in the fact that he was black carded 30 seconds or so later.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 2161 - 10/11/2019 22:09:38    2248952

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Replying To supersub15:  "Niall Quinlan's pressure point for Eire Og today in NCP for their game against Kildare's Sarsfields, he was drafted in as a sub, as soon as he entered the pitch he was handed the ball, his first touch, and given the task of taking a side line kick from an almost impossible acute angle which he duly sent between the posts for the best ICONIC point that I have ever seen scored, he, in my opinion will always be remembered for that point more so for in the fact that he was black carded 30 seconds or so later."
Does that mean you now have to change your name to supersubblackcard15 there Niall? ;-)

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 4028 - 11/11/2019 08:54:15    2248982

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From a Dublin Point of view my most memorable would be in no particular order.

Barney rocks goal v Cork in league quarter final in '87.
Kevin Nolan's equalising point v Kerry in 2011.
Kevin Mac's goal in the same game .
Cluxtons winning point 2011 also.
Dean Rocks winning point v Mayo despite GPS throwing from Lee Keegan.
Cons goal v Tyrone in 2017 . His one this year v Mayo when leaving Keegan flat footed was a bit special too.

Other memorable moments would have to include.

Seamus Darby goal to sink the 5 in a row in '82.
Mikey Sheehy goal v Dublin '78
Paul Flynn's goal v Cork
Peter Canavan goal v Kerry 2005.
Owen Mulligan goal in same year v Dublin.
Joe Sheridan v Louth 2010.
John Fenton goal v Limerick.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2168 - 11/11/2019 10:10:49    2249000

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Kevin Foley goalagainst Dublin 91
Maurice Fitz from the sideline 2001
Kieran McDonald winning score against Dublin 06
Cluxton winning point in 11
Connolly points against Kerry in 13 and 16

keithlemon (Australia) - Posts: 920 - 11/11/2019 10:34:10    2249008

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Replying To Offside_Rule:  "Does that mean you now have to change your name to supersubblackcard15 there Niall? ;-)"
That stays with me, mine was too hard earned (not) and he wasn't on the pitch long enough to get his number so from now on I'll refer to him as, - "Supernuclearsub" 31

It's a great little county, - back door not included.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 2161 - 11/11/2019 13:06:05    2249062

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Replying To supersub15:  "That stays with me, mine was too hard earned (not) and he wasn't on the pitch long enough to get his number so from now on I'll refer to him as, - "Supernuclearsub" 31

It's a great little county, - back door not included."
lol

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 4028 - 11/11/2019 14:05:54    2249082

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Replying To Galwaymaster9:  "Noel lanes goal in the 88 all Ireland final v Tipp
Ja Fallon's super sidelined bomb v Kildare 1998
Derek Savage top corner goal v Mayo in 1998.
Padhraig Brogans goal top corner v Dublin in 199?"
1985

Cbar (Mayo) - Posts: 175 - 11/11/2019 15:11:21    2249095

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For Monaghan
Ray McCarron goal V Cavan 1993 - Classic dummy and cracking finish
Nudie Hughes first point in 1988 ulster final.
Eamonn McEneany 50m free against Kerry 1985 to equalise the AI Semi final. Pure pressure
Pip Duffy score from play off the ground. Just drew on the ball and fired it over. Against Derry maybe….
Owen Duffy goal in Div 3 final 2013. Top Corner.
Conor McManus has another list all of his own.

In general
Maurice Fitz sideline
Mugsy Goal v The Dubs
Ciaran McDonald Point to beat the dubs
Jayo's score with no boot
Cavan's Damien O'Reilly volleyed point in ulster final in 1992

Tim_NicebutDim (Monaghan) - Posts: 328 - 11/11/2019 15:17:05    2249096

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Meaths Top 15 Most Iconic Scores of the last 35 years.

1 Kevin Foley goal v Dublin in 91. One of the great iconic moments of modern gaa. After 4 games v Dubs, in dying seconds to move from the end line the lenght of the field and ending up with a tap in by the most unlikely player , Foley it has one of the greatest goals ever scored in gaelic football or the gaa.

2 David Beggys point v Dublin in 91. After Foleys goal you have the winning point. Incredible way to end four games that changed gaa. First ever live tv championship game not All Ireland semi final or All Ireland final. First championship game on sat. First games with sponsorahip on jerseys. Modern gaa begins in 1991 4 games. Beggys point is the perfect ending to perfect gaa saga.

3 Colm O Rourkes goal v Cork in 87 All Ireland final. Meath were struggling in first 20 mins , O Rourke goal settled the team and the team settled and went on easy winners. O Rourke throwing himself to the ground to hit ball into net showed drive of the great man.

4 Liam Hayes goal v Dublin in 88 league final. Meath were best team in the country 87 88 and Dublin were third best in 88. Meath won by 8 points with 14 men for most of the game. Bernard Flynn gave greatest performance by Meath corner forward ever in Croker. But Hayes screamer from 30 metres will live long in the memory. Greatest goal ever scored by a Meath man in Croker ever.

5 Graham Geraghty v Dublin 1994. Geragty first leinster final. He scored a brillant goal at end of the game. A star had arrived. If he stayed as a wing back he would have become the greatest wing back ever. It was his best position. At 20 in 1994 he was best wing back in the country , single handly ripping Dublin to bits. Goal of the season.


6 Graham Gerahgty goal v Tyrone 1996 All Ireland semi final . Geraghty gave one greatest performances by Meath footballer ever in Croker that day. He gave the best performance by half forward in the 90s in All Ireland semi final that day scoring 1 - 3 from play. The goal was pure perfect football. A pass from the wing where Giles and Callaghan have great interplay with handpases which rips the whole Tyrone defence apart and leaves Geraghty one on one with goalie , he burys brillantly to the net. And Geraghty is now the best wing forward in Ireland.

7 Brendan Reilly point v Mayo in 1996. Criminally ignored. This simply is the greatsest winning point from play to win an All Ireland in last 50 years. And its possibly greater then Cluxtons free in 2011. Its the 70th min. Reilly gets the ball near the sideline surrounded by 3 Mayo players , dummys Mortimer and with 2 Mayo defenders breathing down his neck scores an equisite point from incredibly tight angle. When the ball goes over the bar the game is in injury time. Ignored , but this is simply one of the greatest if not the greatest winning point to win an All Ireland in the last 50 years.

8 Jody Devines 4th point v kildare in 97. In the game of the decade according to many and Michael Muritigh and Pat Spillane has said it was one greatest games ever in Croker. In game 2 of 3 game saga. Meath were 4 points down in extra time of the second game. Jody Devine comes 4 from the bench and scores 4 long range points from play. His 4th point was the best of the bunch to equalise the game

9 Ollie Murphy v Dublin in leinster final 99. Giles picks up the ball under Hogan stand around midfield and floats an esquisite 40 yard pass that pops right in front of Ollie Murphy who burys it to Dublin net and raise the fist to a dhell shocked hill 16 after. Meath are leinster champions.

10 Ollie Murphy goal v Cork All Ireland 99 Final . Very simple but devastatingly brillant. John McDermont wins ball at midfield. Passes to Trevor Giles who passes a 40 metre pass to edge of the square , Geraghty taps down the ball and Ollie Murphy finishs to the net with 3 Cork backs all trying to block him.

11 Ollie Murphy goal v Westmeath in 01. QFinal. Injury time. Meath are losing by 3. Geraghty wins the ball and runs to the sideline and 3 Westmeath run with him. He turns and sends a pass to Ollie who burys to the net. A draw.

12 Graham Geraghty v Louth 2002 Qualifiers. Injury time. Louth are winning by 4 points. Riche kealy scores a great goal in first min of injurry time. 3 mins left. In last min Geraghty wins the ball on the egde of the square surrounded by louth men. He dummys the defender , with 3 louth men breathing down his neck he goes for a score. A point would have levelled the game. A great player would have went for a point. A genius like Geraghty burys the ball to the back of the net , whistle blown , Meath win. Geraghty hops on an helicopter and returns to wedding were he is best man , one word genius.

13 Cian Ward Free v Dublin 07 championship. In a brillant game v Dublin Meath are 4 dowm with ten minutes to go. Cian Ward scores 4 point from frees as subsitute. His fourth free levels the game at 70 mins. A draw.

14 Graham Geraghty goal v Tyrone All Ireland q final 2007 . Geraghty is one on one with goalie. He has little room , most players would have caught ball and be gobbled by goalie and defence , not Geraghty he palms the ball over the Goalie head. Again one word genius. And Meath do what Dublin or kerry couldnt do. Beat the great Tyrone team of 00s in.champiomship match when they were at their peak eg 03 to 08. Geraghty again put on an exhibition of forward play.

15 Each of the 5 goals v Dublin in 2010 leinster championship. 2 from Bray , 1 from Sheridan , Farrell and Ward each. 5 brillant goals. It was no fluke, Meath had great forwards at end of 00s much better then Dublin. They reached 2 All Ireland semi finals in 3 years and beat Dublin Mayo Galway and great Tyrone team in championship in that period 07 to 11 . This was the day they really showed their quality. If Boylan was given a 3 year contract in 2006 which he wanted Meath would have won an All Ireland in the period 2009 to 2010 especially 2010. Meath had the best forwards in the country after kerry and Tyrone with Graham Geraghty , Stephen Bray , Joe Sheridan , Brian Farrell , Cian Ward , Shane O Rourke , Paedar Bryne , Graham Reilly and David Bray. These 5 brillant goals showed the potential of those Meath forwards.

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 1046 - 11/11/2019 16:53:27    2249112

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "Meaths Top 15 Most Iconic Scores of the last 35 years.

1 Kevin Foley goal v Dublin in 91. One of the great iconic moments of modern gaa. After 4 games v Dubs, in dying seconds to move from the end line the lenght of the field and ending up with a tap in by the most unlikely player , Foley it has one of the greatest goals ever scored in gaelic football or the gaa.

2 David Beggys point v Dublin in 91. After Foleys goal you have the winning point. Incredible way to end four games that changed gaa. First ever live tv championship game not All Ireland semi final or All Ireland final. First championship game on sat. First games with sponsorahip on jerseys. Modern gaa begins in 1991 4 games. Beggys point is the perfect ending to perfect gaa saga.

3 Colm O Rourkes goal v Cork in 87 All Ireland final. Meath were struggling in first 20 mins , O Rourke goal settled the team and the team settled and went on easy winners. O Rourke throwing himself to the ground to hit ball into net showed drive of the great man.

4 Liam Hayes goal v Dublin in 88 league final. Meath were best team in the country 87 88 and Dublin were third best in 88. Meath won by 8 points with 14 men for most of the game. Bernard Flynn gave greatest performance by Meath corner forward ever in Croker. But Hayes screamer from 30 metres will live long in the memory. Greatest goal ever scored by a Meath man in Croker ever.

5 Graham Geraghty v Dublin 1994. Geragty first leinster final. He scored a brillant goal at end of the game. A star had arrived. If he stayed as a wing back he would have become the greatest wing back ever. It was his best position. At 20 in 1994 he was best wing back in the country , single handly ripping Dublin to bits. Goal of the season.


6 Graham Gerahgty goal v Tyrone 1996 All Ireland semi final . Geraghty gave one greatest performances by Meath footballer ever in Croker that day. He gave the best performance by half forward in the 90s in All Ireland semi final that day scoring 1 - 3 from play. The goal was pure perfect football. A pass from the wing where Giles and Callaghan have great interplay with handpases which rips the whole Tyrone defence apart and leaves Geraghty one on one with goalie , he burys brillantly to the net. And Geraghty is now the best wing forward in Ireland.

7 Brendan Reilly point v Mayo in 1996. Criminally ignored. This simply is the greatsest winning point from play to win an All Ireland in last 50 years. And its possibly greater then Cluxtons free in 2011. Its the 70th min. Reilly gets the ball near the sideline surrounded by 3 Mayo players , dummys Mortimer and with 2 Mayo defenders breathing down his neck scores an equisite point from incredibly tight angle. When the ball goes over the bar the game is in injury time. Ignored , but this is simply one of the greatest if not the greatest winning point to win an All Ireland in the last 50 years.

8 Jody Devines 4th point v kildare in 97. In the game of the decade according to many and Michael Muritigh and Pat Spillane has said it was one greatest games ever in Croker. In game 2 of 3 game saga. Meath were 4 points down in extra time of the second game. Jody Devine comes 4 from the bench and scores 4 long range points from play. His 4th point was the best of the bunch to equalise the game

9 Ollie Murphy v Dublin in leinster final 99. Giles picks up the ball under Hogan stand around midfield and floats an esquisite 40 yard pass that pops right in front of Ollie Murphy who burys it to Dublin net and raise the fist to a dhell shocked hill 16 after. Meath are leinster champions.

10 Ollie Murphy goal v Cork All Ireland 99 Final . Very simple but devastatingly brillant. John McDermont wins ball at midfield. Passes to Trevor Giles who passes a 40 metre pass to edge of the square , Geraghty taps down the ball and Ollie Murphy finishs to the net with 3 Cork backs all trying to block him.

11 Ollie Murphy goal v Westmeath in 01. QFinal. Injury time. Meath are losing by 3. Geraghty wins the ball and runs to the sideline and 3 Westmeath run with him. He turns and sends a pass to Ollie who burys to the net. A draw.

12 Graham Geraghty v Louth 2002 Qualifiers. Injury time. Louth are winning by 4 points. Riche kealy scores a great goal in first min of injurry time. 3 mins left. In last min Geraghty wins the ball on the egde of the square surrounded by louth men. He dummys the defender , with 3 louth men breathing down his neck he goes for a score. A point would have levelled the game. A great player would have went for a point. A genius like Geraghty burys the ball to the back of the net , whistle blown , Meath win. Geraghty hops on an helicopter and returns to wedding were he is best man , one word genius.

13 Cian Ward Free v Dublin 07 championship. In a brillant game v Dublin Meath are 4 dowm with ten minutes to go. Cian Ward scores 4 point from frees as subsitute. His fourth free levels the game at 70 mins. A draw.

14 Graham Geraghty goal v Tyrone All Ireland q final 2007 . Geraghty is one on one with goalie. He has little room , most players would have caught ball and be gobbled by goalie and defence , not Geraghty he palms the ball over the Goalie head. Again one word genius. And Meath do what Dublin or kerry couldnt do. Beat the great Tyrone team of 00s in.champiomship match when they were at their peak eg 03 to 08. Geraghty again put on an exhibition of forward play.

15 Each of the 5 goals v Dublin in 2010 leinster championship. 2 from Bray , 1 from Sheridan , Farrell and Ward each. 5 brillant goals. It was no fluke, Meath had great forwards at end of 00s much better then Dublin. They reached 2 All Ireland semi finals in 3 years and beat Dublin Mayo Galway and great Tyrone team in championship in that period 07 to 11 . This was the day they really showed their quality. If Boylan was given a 3 year contract in 2006 which he wanted Meath would have won an All Ireland in the period 2009 to 2010 especially 2010. Meath had the best forwards in the country after kerry and Tyrone with Graham Geraghty , Stephen Bray , Joe Sheridan , Brian Farrell , Cian Ward , Shane O Rourke , Paedar Bryne , Graham Reilly and David Bray. These 5 brillant goals showed the potential of those Meath forwards."
Surprised you didn't mention Colm Coyles kick which bounced over the bar in the drawn 96 final....an infamous kick that still haunts Mayo....I'll never forget Ger Channing's words before that kick..."35 seconds left"..."

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10338 - 11/11/2019 20:25:23    2249139

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Surprised you didn't mention Colm Coyles kick which bounced over the bar in the drawn 96 final....an infamous kick that still haunts Mayo....I'll never forget Ger Channing's words before that kick..."35 seconds left"...""
Brendan Reilly point was greater. A difficult angle marked by Mortimer , three Mayo defenders around him in injury time he kicks an equiste point from very tight angle and wins Meath the All Ireland. It is the greatest winning point to win an All Ireland in last 50 years. Name a better winning point. The other contenders , Cluxton was a free , Reillys was from play and he had allot of work to do when he got the ball. Other contender would Steve McDonnell in 02. But his was scored in 63rd min , and he was very much front of the goals and while it is a good point , Reilly had much more to do in 1996 in injury time. People forget Reillys point or that Meath had a team with 7 under 21 players , meaning along with kerry in 1975 are the only teams to win All Ireland with load of under 21 players. And that Meath showed great never say die spirit in both games. 6 points down with 12 mins to go in drawn game , Meath score 6 unanswered points. And again with 15 mins to go in replay Mayo were winning by 5. But Meath scored 1 - 3 in last ten minutes. People forget what great character for such a young team driven by 20 year old Footballer of the year Trevor Giles, especially in the last quater of both games.

Meath had the forwards to win Sam eg Trevor Giles , Graham Geragthy , Tommy Dowd, Ollie Murphy , Brendan Reilly and Evan Kelly. Mayo didnt have one forward of that quality. Every single one of those Meath forwards won All stars, 4 one more then 1 all star. Only 1 Mayo forward who played in 1996 won 1 All star and that was James Horan. McMemanin, Loftus , Finnerty and Casey were not at a level of the only ever two time footballer of the year Trevour Giles.

But all we ever hear is the franca , Mchale sent off and ball boucing over the bar. Reillys winning point is always criminally ignored. Not one of those Mayo forwards would have been able to score that point. In 97 Mayo had the great Ciaran McDonald , he would have been able to score such a score but the Mayo forwards were not in the same league as Meath forwards in 96. Thats why Meath won in 96 and in 99 , not because of boucing ball. If you score 1 - 9 which Meath did in last 15 mins of both games and Mayo score 0 - 2. You cannot expect to win an All Ireland. When Meath scored 6th point in a row unanswered , the kickout Meath won and were driven towards goals and ref blew up. If there was another min , Meath would have scored 7th point in a row. Ref blew up and gave very little injury time. Mayo were hanging on then. Meath 6 unansweres points in row showed the difference in both sets of forwards. Reilly scoring the winning point to win an All Ireland is an iconic score. The ball boucing over the bar is just something Mayo obseses about and never stops talking about about since. Stealing the narative and attention from the great winning Reilly point and the great brave performances by 20 years olds like Trevor Giles and Darren Fay.

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 1046 - 11/11/2019 21:25:54    2249151

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Most scores that stick in my mind would be at club level in the 70s and 80s from the likes of Frank McGuigan and Brendan Donnelly and meaningless to a wider audience. Apart from those:

Canavan point v Down in 05 - on as a sub after injury, first possession, couple of 'twisted blood' shimmies left the Down marker literally on his backside, point.
Canavan point v Cavan in 05 replay from corner flag near the end; Cavan lad had done everything right and shepherded him out to the corner flag, only for Canavan to hit that upwards slice-shot. The angle was ridiculous; the game was over anyway, and I recall the young Cavan lad, in fairness to him, just shaking his head and laughing ruefully.
Dooher point v Kerry in 08 - defiance personified, to hit one like that after shipping a couple of tackles. As good as a goal.
P Quinn goal v Kerry in 1986. Bear in mind plenty in the county at that time would have thought we'd not be able to score a goal of any sort against Kerry!
Canavan goal v Fermanagh in 2003, start of second half, lobbed the goalie from very far out. It was in the net before anyone in the stadium realised, including the goalie. Shocked silence before the roar went up ...
Pat King goal v Cork in 1973; perhaps the only man on the team who hadn't been out partying the night before, if half the stories are true : ) Those were the days when Ulster was your All Ireland and you basically went down to Dublin for a feed of drink and a party ...

Others:
Kevin Cassidy point v Kildare - I was right in front of him at that sideline; he was going like an express train; I thought I was going to have to jump out of the way; he'll never get stopped I thought. What a score.
P Joyce point v Tyrone league 2004
Frank McGuigan - any of them
Brian McGuigan goal in a 1/4 final, v Galway (I think)
Colin Corkery - couple v Errigal Ciaran in 03; but any of his really
Mikey Sheehy goal v Paddy Cullen 1978 (for the comedy value)
Peter Withnell goals v Kerry 1991
Mugsy v Dublin

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 796 - 11/11/2019 21:28:36    2249152

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Surprised you didn't mention Colm Coyles kick which bounced over the bar in the drawn 96 final....an infamous kick that still haunts Mayo....I'll never forget Ger Channing's words before that kick..."35 seconds left"...""
Id say colms kicks are remembered well by a few alright

lilypad (Kildare) - Posts: 1357 - 11/11/2019 23:02:51    2249168

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Surprised you didn't mention Colm Coyles kick which bounced over the bar in the drawn 96 final....an infamous kick that still haunts Mayo....I'll never forget Ger Channing's words before that kick..."35 seconds left"...""
Coyle's point was an iconic Meath score in fairness, a very lucky score though, a real speculative effort but I suppose you have to take chance when you're desperate for a score.

I think John Madden get's a lot of unfair criticism for letting the ball bounce over the bar. It was an awkward shot in and the last thing you want to let happen in an AI final is let the ball drop into the net. I'm not sure how I or anybody else would have dealt with it given the circumstances.

Mayo to be fair have been involved in some of Gaelic Football's best and most dramatic matches over the last 3 decades and it is a real shame they haven't managed to get over the line and win Sam, but your day will come.

My favourite Mayo score is an easy one, McDonald's outrageous point v Dublin to snatch victory in 2006. It was an incredibly acute angle into the Hill in what was a cauldron of noise and tension, one of the best points I've ever seen scored in Croker.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8583 - 12/11/2019 09:40:11    2249190

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "Brendan Reilly point was greater. A difficult angle marked by Mortimer , three Mayo defenders around him in injury time he kicks an equiste point from very tight angle and wins Meath the All Ireland. It is the greatest winning point to win an All Ireland in last 50 years. Name a better winning point. The other contenders , Cluxton was a free , Reillys was from play and he had allot of work to do when he got the ball. Other contender would Steve McDonnell in 02. But his was scored in 63rd min , and he was very much front of the goals and while it is a good point , Reilly had much more to do in 1996 in injury time. People forget Reillys point or that Meath had a team with 7 under 21 players , meaning along with kerry in 1975 are the only teams to win All Ireland with load of under 21 players. And that Meath showed great never say die spirit in both games. 6 points down with 12 mins to go in drawn game , Meath score 6 unanswered points. And again with 15 mins to go in replay Mayo were winning by 5. But Meath scored 1 - 3 in last ten minutes. People forget what great character for such a young team driven by 20 year old Footballer of the year Trevor Giles, especially in the last quater of both games.

Meath had the forwards to win Sam eg Trevor Giles , Graham Geragthy , Tommy Dowd, Ollie Murphy , Brendan Reilly and Evan Kelly. Mayo didnt have one forward of that quality. Every single one of those Meath forwards won All stars, 4 one more then 1 all star. Only 1 Mayo forward who played in 1996 won 1 All star and that was James Horan. McMemanin, Loftus , Finnerty and Casey were not at a level of the only ever two time footballer of the year Trevour Giles.

But all we ever hear is the franca , Mchale sent off and ball boucing over the bar. Reillys winning point is always criminally ignored. Not one of those Mayo forwards would have been able to score that point. In 97 Mayo had the great Ciaran McDonald , he would have been able to score such a score but the Mayo forwards were not in the same league as Meath forwards in 96. Thats why Meath won in 96 and in 99 , not because of boucing ball. If you score 1 - 9 which Meath did in last 15 mins of both games and Mayo score 0 - 2. You cannot expect to win an All Ireland. When Meath scored 6th point in a row unanswered , the kickout Meath won and were driven towards goals and ref blew up. If there was another min , Meath would have scored 7th point in a row. Ref blew up and gave very little injury time. Mayo were hanging on then. Meath 6 unansweres points in row showed the difference in both sets of forwards. Reilly scoring the winning point to win an All Ireland is an iconic score. The ball boucing over the bar is just something Mayo obseses about and never stops talking about about since. Stealing the narative and attention from the great winning Reilly point and the great brave performances by 20 years olds like Trevor Giles and Darren Fay."
Reilly's kick was iconic I don't disagree but I'm just speaking from a mayo perspective and a loosing team will always look at where it went wrong from our point of view like of Madden has come of his line. Bar Horan I don't think any other Mayo forward make the Meath team but it was still only one point between them after a replay.

anyway it's all ogs and but's but until we do finally win an all Ireland moments like that and numerous ones in recent years will be debated in mayo. At this point I think we are as far away from winning an all Ireland as we ever were.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10338 - 12/11/2019 09:54:15    2249197

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Mc manus point v Tyrone in omagh a few years ago is the greatest point I have ever seen. Out on side line on wrong side. I challenge anyone to name a more iconic point.

monaghanmad (Monaghan) - Posts: 208 - 12/11/2019 11:02:00    2249209

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