Top 10 Mayo Semi-Final Moments (Part 2 of 2)
The second post of our semi-final special series … this time delving a little bit deeper into the archives. Enjoy!
Ciaran McDonald vs Offaly 1997
Needless to say this maestro hits the list twice , he served us long and he served us well. We really had a good team in 97 and Mac was just 22 but already a star. His point here just sums him up , he flicked it up in full flight with the right , solo’d with the left , dummied, left a few Offaly men on their rear ends and then pointed from the tightest of angles. McDonald a shot – McDonald a point.
David Brady vs Fermanagh 2004
DB was a man who spent a lot of time on the bench in the green and red but you could never doubt his commitment and he is a joy to listen to on Newstalk when talking about his beloved Mayo. This was a monster point at a tipping point when we had let Fermanagh back into the game and needed scores.
Padraig Brogan vs Dublin 1985
This was the beginning of the modern era for Mayo football. We drew with a brilliant but perhaps ageing Dubs team and although we lost the replay Padraig Brogan left us with one of the great memories. Sadly we were to lose Padraig as well as he faded away and then took up with Donegal. He even came back to Mayo again but we can only wonder what might have been had we had him at his peak.
But we have this wonder goal , a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Pick that one out O’Leary.
Willie Joe Padden vs Tyrone 1989
Neither a goal nor a point but rather an injury. After a head injury had to be treated Willie Joe re-entered the fray with a bandage that made him look like a Viking about to lay waste to a village . Or at least that’s how it felt to me at the age of 14. Wille Joe is our iconic player , no matter where I go in Ireland or abroad his name is mentioned with reverence. This was his iconic moment.
James Horan Vs Kerry 1996
Not a bit of footage is available for this goal so if you don’t remember it you’ll just have to trust me , it was class. The result itself was seismic. We hadn’t beaten Kerry since 1951 and we haven’t beaten them since. Due to this fact Kerry fans have removed all traces of highlights of this match from the internet. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have this one in any format. We wont be able to enjoy Horan’s goal because of the RTE eejits who didn’t film it but we could at least share a bit more of the game than the below link*
EDIT: A massive thanks to Nodlag O’Neill-Forde, who since this post has sent us on some footage of the All-Ireland Semi-Final of 1996! Thanks Nodlag!
So there you have it. Here’s to making more magic semi-final memories on Sunday!