Originally Posted by Syferus
1998 ranckles me ever more, losing to Galway in the Connacht final replay after extra-time at the Hyde. If not for a late mistake by Derek Connellan that led to a Michael Donnellen goal we had as much a shot as Galway did of bringing Sam across the Shannon. The draw shook out with Derry in the semi and Kildare in the final and both would have been 50-50 games at worst. Ah, what could have been.
No, ye wouldn't really. Galway scraped through that day (and in the drawn game) yes, but those games really made the team and they improved no end in Croker. Rossie's simply didn't have the attacking power or defenders like De Paor or Mannion, Derry would in all probability have beaten ye. Ditto 2001.
For Galway hurlers, I'm still getting therapy after 1990. This was to be the day when the rancour of Keady '89 was to be confined to a bad memory, when we would finally beat Cork in a final and cement our place as one of the greatest sides in the history of the game. Instead, after a bad start we hurled them off the field in the first half thanks to Joe Cooney but tactically fell apart in the second half (a great weakness of Farrell's). Officialdom didn't help; Eanna Ryan being called back for a free in when a goal looked certain, Martin Naughton's 65 that wasn't given. We've never exorcised that day IMHO, only an AI win will banish those demons.