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23rd Oct 2023

“Mother of God!” – Incredible finish to Tipperary intermediate final as all hell breaks loose

Patrick McCarry


Some finish here!

Aherlow and Grangemockler served up an astonishing finish to their Intermediate Football Final in Tipperary, on Sunday that we are still coming to terms with.

Goalkeepers in GAA used to have three main requirements – be brave, have a hefty boot/puck-out and stop the odd shot.

Nowadays, you have to be an expert and nerveless distributor and be able to pick out teammates, on the run, 40 and 50 metres away. The days of hooshing the ball straight up the field, and hoping you did not see it again for a while, are behind us.

Aherlow were level at 0-13 to 1-10 against Grangemockler in their Tipperary IFC final, when a poor kick-out put them in a heap of trouble. They rushed back, Mickey Lyons went for glory instead of passing and Mark Hanley was red-carded in the scramble.

Lyons stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and opted to go for goal, rather than take a point. His penalty was saved and the Clubber commentary was gas – “Mother of God, you couldn’t write this!”

Both sides will replay the final next Saturday, November 4th with throw-in at 1:30pm in Ardfinnan.

Corofin win, with a little help from Mother Nature

Corofin set up a Galway Senior Football Championship Final, against Moycullen, after defeating Milltown by four points in their last four encounter.

Corofin were aided by an unfortunate mistake by the Milltown goalkeeper, who seemed to lose a lofted yet underhit free-kick in the sun.

As the ball floated past the Milltown No.1, the Stream Sport commentator declared, “He strikes it, doesn’t get a good connection, though… oh, it’s into the net! It’s into the net.”

Milltown trailed by seven points at the break but never let up and scored 2-5 in the second half to lose by just four.

Club championship round-up

There was an 18th Armagh SFC win for Crossmaglen stalwart Aaron Kernan, after the black and ambers defeated Clan na Gael 2-16 to 1-7.

Over in Monaghan, former Dublin footballer Kevin Nolan teamed up with Cremartin, where he now lives and teaches, to win intermediate championship glory.

Other results and incidences of note include Gowna becoming Cavan SFC champions, Naomh Conaill beating Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal SFC Final and Kilmacud Crokes seeing off Ballyboden St Enda’s in the Dublin SFC Final.

Derrygonnelly Harps are Fermanagh SFC champions, Naas are top dogs in the Kildare SFC while Ardee St Mary’s have that honour, in Louth. David Clifford and Paudie Clifford combined for 1-7 as East Kerry set up a Kingdom decider against Mid Kerry.

Scotstown defeated Inniskeen Grattans in the Monaghan SFC Final while St Brigid’s edged Boyle in the Roscommon SFC decider. Coolera-Strandhill are Sligo SFC champions while The Nire and Rathgormack are set to contest Waterford SFC Final.

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