Throwback to the best point you've never seen on a Gaelic football pitch 6 months ago

Throwback to the best point you've never seen on a Gaelic football pitch

If Marco van Basten did what Redmond Barry did in the Gaelic Grounds in 2008, then you'd probably have seen this video by now.

The story of the Dutchman in Limerick would have been iconic by this stage and the video, it would make the start of every total football compilation ever made.


But this is a Wexford man, and while it's better to enjoy than compare, the volley he hooked over the bar in the 2008 National Football League must surely go down as one of the most bewilderingly brilliant scores you've (n)ever seen.

If, like us, you'd hadn't seen Barry's wonder-point before now then the likelihood is that this won't be the last time you'll watch it. So measured, sweet and nonchalant was the whole thing that you won't be able to help yourself only to watch it again and again and again. His non-plussed reaction is something you'll have noticed by then and almost 12 years on, Barry still remembers why, despite having scored an absolute beauty, he sauntered back out to his position like a man disappointed by the fisted point he'd just scored.

"I remember at the time going 'fuck it anyway, Jesus I should have got that on target, I should have got a goal there.

"When you're running, it's hard to judge where it's going. I don't know why I didn't catch it, I don't know why I swung my leg on it but at the time, it never dawned on me to catch it. I suppose Ciaran's shot had been blocked down and it kind of dropped down perfectly for me to take a volley at it.


"I just jogged out then like nothing had happened because I suppose I was thinking maybe I should have got a goal there. A few other lads were looking around them alright like what just happened there kind of thing."

It was his former Wexford team-mate Adrian Flynn who posted the video this week and for Barry, it brought back some great memories.

"It was just slagging in the dressing room afterwards. We drew that game with Limerick and I remember Matty Forde giving out to me after saying I should have caught it and scored a goal! You'd do well to get credit off those boys," he laughs.

Tough crowd. Watch the score in all its glory here.


That Wexford team of the 2000s, full of flair, brilliance and individuality, was a memorable one and it's fitting then that three of their most memorable genies (barring Matty Forde) were involved in the build-up to Barry's shot from heaven.

Adrian Flynn was no stranger to a 'how the hell did he manage that' moment and his ball into the brilliant Ciaran Lyng was perfect. Lyng, who played underage soccer for Ireland and senior soccer down the leagues in England, looked, until his left footed effort dropped short, like he was about to score an absolute beauty.


But the best was yet to come.

"Ciaran, Matty, there were some very talented flair players in that team. We were maybe just a player or two off of getting over the line. We competed and all the rest but we had a great bond between us, great friendships made, no medals to show for it - you'd wonder sometimes whether it'd be better to have all the medals and a quiet dressing room or a dressing room like we had and no medals.

"But we certainly enjoyed it anyway. A lot of us are still in contact, we'd meet up, go out for a few pints and it's just like it was all those years ago when we were back in the dressing room. Still ripping into each other."

Ciaran Lyng and Red Barry on the 2008 All-Star tour to Treasure Island, San Francisco. 2008 was Wexford's best year, when they made it to the All-Ireland semi-final and were only beaten by eventual champs Tyrone.

Barry, who works as an agricultural consultant, was a busy man back then and he's still a busy man now. A talented all-rounder, he played dual for Wexford in '05 and now, as a 40-year-old, he's still plays both codes at senior level for his club St Anne's. All the while, he's been managing the club's football team.

"Like most people, I don't like losing. The four championship defeats were very hard to take that year in 2005 so that's why I probably gave up the dual thing. To lose in the provincials and then in the qualifiers. Four points up against the Dubs, beaten by four. Seven points up against Kilkenny, beaten by two or three. To lose games like that, that was tough to take.

"I didn't mind the winter part of it, going from game to game. I enjoyed it that way and fitness wasn't too much of an issue but it was just them losses, they were sickening."

"I came on in a couple of games earlier in the year. Got an injury and struggled to get back for the final," he says, reflecting on the year just gone.

"The body is just breaking down in the last few years. I think if I was doing more S and C, I might have been alright. Listen you've other interests and maybe you should put more into it because if you don't build yourself up, you'll be breaking down. But I'm still enjoying it anyway."