A CHAMPIONSHIP like no different that produced video games like no different — performed behind closed doorways however with extra eyes than ever watching.
It additionally produced loads of historical past.

Right here, SunSport picks our high 5 video games from this 12 months’s All-Eire SFC . . .

5: Mayo 5-20 Tipperary 3-13

All-Eire semi-final, Croke Park; Dec 6

OK, so the sport itself was one-sided and didn’t have the talent ranges and competitiveness of, say, the primary half of the All-Eire remaining.

However it should stay one of many extra memorable encounters from a winter Championship — the day of the fog.

And it was the day Cillian O’Connor made historical past by registering the best particular person scoring tally by any participant in a Championship sport, 4-9.

It put him forward of Dublin’s Johnny Joyce, who scored 5-3 towards Longford in 1960, and Fermanagh’s Rory Gallagher, who hit 3-9 v Monaghan in 2002.

Tipp created virtually a dozen goalscoring probabilities, relying on what you deem to be a green-flag elevating alternative.

They squandered two of their greatest alternatives within the opening minutes and Mayo led 4-12 to 1-5 on the break.

Because the second half progressed, the fog grew heavier at Croke Park and there have been spells the place some questioned if the sport could be stopped. Nevertheless it wasn’t.

4: Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-11

Ulster quarter-final Ballybofey; Nov 1

THERE had been plenty of video games unfortunate to overlook out on this checklist — most notably Cavan’s dramatic win over Monaghan, and keeper Raymond Galligan’s dead-ball kick for the ages.

Then there was Cavan’s comeback from ten factors down towards Down in an Ulster semi-final.

Dublin profitable a sixth All-Eire SFC title on the bounce by beating Mayo in a Christmas cracker remaining was additionally a contender.

However take your self again to the beginning of this 12 months’s winter Championship.

On a day when the climate gods had been indignant, two of the highest groups within the nation confronted one another in a straight knockout provincial quarter-final.

And like two heavyweights, Donegal and Tyrone went at it in a sport that was gritty and bodily and also you didn’t need to take your eyes off it — as a result of right here it was, the beginning of the Championship and a giant hitter was about to get knocked out.

3: Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-13

Munster semi-final Páirc Uí Chaoimh; Nov 8


Mark Keane broke Kerry hearts

MARK KEANE standing on the sting of the small sq.. Tommy Walsh holding him firm.

In one other lifetime, and a world away, the pair may have met on an Aussie Guidelines oval.

However on the banks of the Lee in early November, destiny would decide that when Luke Connolly’s bold long-range effort in injury-time of extra-time dropped brief in entrance of the Kerry purpose, it could achieve this in between present Collingwood participant Keane and ex-Sydney Swan, Walsh.

Kerry led 0-13 to 0-12. Time was up.

Connolly’s effort was a hit-and-hope job, a low-percentage shot from out close to the sideline within the last-gasp hope of salvaging a draw and forcing penalties.

However then the magic occurred.

Keane, solely launched as a sub, confirmed intelligent footwork and physique power to create area, which allowed him to take the ball at sternum stage.

In a blink he received off a right-footed shot. Purpose. Seconds later, the ultimate whistle sounded.

An unbelievable end to an extremely tense sport through which Cork had scored a 73rd-minute free to drive extra-time at 0-10 apiece.

2: Cavan 1-13 Donegal 0-12

Ulster remaining, Athletic Grounds, Armagh; Nov 22

A COUNTY freed. A individuals unchained. For therefore lengthy, too lengthy, Cavan has been an afterthought in Ulster soccer, and in soccer typically.

And but there are few counties within the nation the place the sport issues extra, the place the historical past and custom is rooted to the blades of grass in each nook of the county. Cavan is soccer nation.

However there hasn’t been a lot soccer for them to have a good time for fairly a while.

Till now. And so simply 4 weeks after Cavan had been relegated to Division 3 within the league, Mickey Graham’s facet claimed the county’s first Anglo-Celt since 1997.

Alongside the best way they beat Monaghan, Antrim, Down and Donegal.

Few gave them a lot likelihood of beating three-in-a-row-seeking Donegal.

And through the opening exchanges Declan Bonner’s facet appeared the extra composed and in management.

However Cavan by no means panicked, even when a black card left them at a numerical drawback.

With Thomas Galligan delivering some kind of superhero can’t-be-killed show, Cavan created historical past.

1: Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-14

Munster remaining Páirc Uí Chaoimh; Nov 22

Tipp pulled off a fairytale upset


Tipp pulled off a fairytale upset

WE WILL by no means see the likes of it once more in our lifetime. Historical past within the current.

Tipperary, Munster champions for the primary time in 85 years. Beating Cork behind closed doorways in Cork.

The win approaching the weekend the GAA, and the nation, marked the 100-year anniversary of the Bloody Sunday bloodbath at Croke Park — throughout which Tipperary footballer Michael Hogan was killed.

Tipp wore inexperienced and white on that fateful day in November 1920.

In order their mark of respect, the Tipp staff of 2020 wore a duplicate commemorative inexperienced and white jersey for this 12 months’s remaining.

Appears like one thing straight from a Hollywood script.

However the sport itself, whereas nervy and exhausting fought, was considerably extra simple.

Tipp had been the higher staff. Colin O’Riordan was given the inexperienced gentle to play nevertheless it was their lethal duo up entrance that did essentially the most harm to Cork — Conor Sweeney and Michael Quinlivan, between them scoring 0-12.

The total-time whistle produced scenes few of us have ever witnessed — Tipperary footballers, in tears, as Munster champs.


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