1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates May - 27 September 1998
Teams 32
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Galway (8th win)
Captain Ray Silke
Manager John O'Mahony
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kildare
Captain Glenn Ryan
Manager Mick O'Dwyer
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Kildare
Ulster Derry
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 36
Goals total 61 (1.69 per game)
Points total 860 (23.89 per game)
Player of the Year Michael Donnellan
1997
1999

The 1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 112th edition of the GAA's premier gaelic football competition. It was played from May to September 1998. Galway's victory marked the first time in 32 years the Sam Maguire Cup returned to the county and the province of Connacht. Their classy performance against Kildare who defeated the 1995 champions Dublin, the 1996 champions Meath in Leinster and the 1997 winners Kerry, ensured their eighth All-Ireland triumph.

Format[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 Sligo 0-14  
 London 1-07      Sligo 0-15  
          Roscommon 1-13  
            Roscommon 0-17
            Galway 1-17
          Leitrim 0-05
 Mayo 2-06      Galway 1-16    
 Galway 1-13  


Quarter-Final
Sligo 0-14 - 1-07 London



Quarter-Final
Galway 1-13 - 2-06 Mayo



Semi-Final
Galway 1-16 - 0-05 Leitrim


28 June 1998
Semi-Final
Sligo 1-15 - 2-12 Roscommon
P. Taylor 0-6, S. Davey 1-1, B. Walsh 0-3, K. Killeen 0-2, B. Kilcoyne, N. Clancy, G. McGowan 0-1 each Report E. Lohan 1-6, N. Dineen 1-1, L. Dowd, M. Ryan 0-2 each, G. Keane 0-1
Dr. Hyde Park, Castlebar
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

6 July 1998
Semi-Final Replay
Sligo 0-15 - 1-13 Roscommon
P. Taylor 0-8, K. Killeen 0-3, S. Davey 0-2, B. Walsh, C. O'Meara 0-1 each Report T. Grehan 1-2, E. Lohan 0-5, N. Dineen, L. Dowd, T. Ryan 0-2 each
Markievicz Park, Sligo
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

19 July 1998
Final
Galway 0-11 - 0-11 Roscommon
P. Joyce, N. Finnegan 0-3 each, J. Fallon 0-2, S. O Domhnaill, D. Meehan, T. Joyce 0-1 each Report E. Lohan 0-8, F. O'Donnell, T. Grehan, L. Dowd 0-1 each
St Jarlath's Park, Tuam
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

2 August 1998
Final Replay
Galway 1-17 - 0-17 Roscommon
M. Donnellan 1-3, J. Fallon 0-5, D. Savage 0-3, S. O´g de Paor, N. Finnegan 0-2 each, P. Joyce, S. Walsh 0-1 each Report E. Lohan 0-8, N. Dineen 0-3, F. O'Donnell, T. Grehan 0-2 each, L. Dowd, V. Glennon 0-1 each
Dr. Hyde Park, Castlebar
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary Round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
      
          Dublin 1-08  
          Kildare 0-12  
            Kildare 2-13  
 Carlow 2-05        Laois 0-08  
 Westmeath 1-18      Westmeath 0-15  
          Laois 1-15  
            Kildare 1-12
            Meath 0-10
          Offaly 0-07  
          Meath 3-10  
            Meath 0-15  
            Louth 1-11  
          Wicklow 1-11       
          Louth 3-14       
      


1st Round
Longford 1-16 - 2-13 Wexford



1st Round Replay
Longford 0-16 - 2-07 Wexford



2nd Round
Westmeath 3-14 - 3-07 Wexford



2nd Round
Westmeath 3-14 - 1-13 Longford



3rd Round
Westmeath 1-18 - 2-05 Carlow



Quarter-Final
Meath 3-10 - 0-07 Offaly


31 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Louth 3-14 - 1-11 Wicklow
C. Kelly 1-5, S. White, A. Hoey 1-2 each, N. Malone, J. Donaldson, O. McDonnell, C. O'Hanlon, G. Curran 0-1 each Report D. Coffey 1-3, C. Daye, S. Byrne 0-2 each, R. Coffey, K. O'Brien, K. Byrne, J. Behan 0-1 each
Drogheda
Referee: J. Bannon (Longford)

7 June 1998
Quarter-Final
Laois 1-15 - 0-15 Westmeath
S. Kelly 1-2, I. Fitzgerald, M. Lawlor 0-4 each, C. Parkinson 0-2, T. Maher, C. Conway, B. McDonald 0-1 each Report T. Cleary 0-5, G. Heavin 0-4, P. Conway 0-3, M. Staunton 0-2, K. Lyons 0-1
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 60,058
Referee: S. McCormack (Meath)

7 June 1998
Quarter-Final
Dublin 0-10 - 0-10 Kildare
D Darcy 0-4, J Gavin 0-2, D Farrell, D Harrington, B Stynes, J Sherlock 0-1 each Report P Graven 0-4, N Buckley, E McCormack, K Dwyer 0-2 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 60,058
Referee: B. White (Wexford)


Quarter-Final Replay
Kildare 0-12 - 1-08 Dublin


28 June 1998
Semi-Final
Meath 0-15 - 1-11 Louth
T. Dowd 0-5, G. Geraghty 0-3, T. Giles 0-3, J. McGuinness, R. Magee, B. Reilly, H. Traynor 0-1 each Report S. White 1-3, C. O'Hanlon 0-3, C. Kelly 0-2, G. Curran, A. Hoey, A. Rooney 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: B. White (Wexford)

19 July 1998
Semi-Final
Kildare 2-13 - 0-08 Laois
P. Graven 1-4, N. Buckley 1-1, K. O'Dwyer 0-3, P. Brennan 0-2, D. Earley, E. McCormack, M. Lynch 0-1 each Report S. Kelly 0-3, M. Lawlor 0-2, D. Conroy, D. Lawlor, C. Conway 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: P. McGann (Westmeath)

2 August 1998
Final
Kildare 1-12 - 0-10 Meath
P. Graven 0-4, B. Murphy 1-0, E. McCormack, W. McCreery, K. O'Dwyer 0-2 each, D. Kerrigan, A, Rainbow 0-1 each Report T. Giles 0-3, R. McGee 0-3, J. McDermott, O. Murphy, T. Dowd, J. Devine 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 62,504
Referee: J. Bannon (Longford)

Munster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Round 1 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
      
               
               
            Clare 0-12  
            Tipperary 1-16  
          Limerick 1-12  
 Tipperary 1-16      Tipperary 1-13  
 Waterford 0-07        Tipperary 1-10
            Kerry 0-17
               
               
            Cork 1-11  
            Kerry 1-14  
                    
                    
      


1st Round
Tipperary 1-16 - 0-07 Waterford



Quarter-Final
Tipperary 1-13 - 1-12 Limerick


28 June 1998
Semi-Final
Tipperary 1-16 - 0-12 Clare
D. Browne 1-7, P. Lambert 0-3, B. Cummins 0-3, J. Williams 0-2, D. Foley 0-1 Report M. Daly 0-3, P. Hehir 0-3, M. Hynes, J. Enright, G. Keane 0-2 each
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: N. Barrett (Cork)

5 July 1998
Final
Kerry 1-14 - 1-11 Cork
M. Fitzgerald 1-4, J. Crowley 0-5, M.F. Russell 0-4, D. O´ Cinnéide 0-1 Report J. Kavanagh 0-6, A. O'Regan 1-1, A. Dorgan, L. Tompkins, A. Davis, C. O'Sullivan 0-1 each
Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 43,994
Referee: P. Russell (Tipperary)

2 August 1998
Final
Kerry 0-17 - 1-10 Tipperary
M Fitzgerald 0-10, P Laide, D O´Cinneide 0-2 each, D Daly, MF Russell, J Crowley 0-1 each Report D Browne 0-7, J Williams 1-0, B Cummins, D Foley, C McGrath 0-1 each
Semple Stadium
Referee: N. Barrett (Cork)

Ulster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary Round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
      
          Monaghan 0-11  
          Derry 3-13  
            Derry 2-13  
 Tyrone 2-07        Armagh 1-12  
 Down 0-15      Down 0-11  
          Armagh 0-16  
            Derry 1-07
            Donegal 0-08
          Antrim 0-11  
          Donegal 1-11  
            Donegal 0-15  
            Cavan 0-13  
          Fermanagh 0-11       
          Cavan 0-13       
      


Preliminary Round
Down 0-15 - 2-07 Tyrone



Quarter-Final
Antrim 0-11 - 1-11 Donegal


31 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Derry 3-13 - 0-11 Monaghan
E. Burns 1-3, G. Magill, J. Cassidy 1-1 each, J. Brolly, D. Doogan 0-4 each Report D. Smith 0-8, D. Freeman 0-2, M. Daly 0-1
Celtic Park, Derry
Referee: M. McGrath (Donegal)

7 June 1998
Quarter-Final
Cavan 0-13 - 0-11 Fermanagh
D. McCabe, L. Reilly 0-4 each, R. Carolan 0-3, M. Leddy, M. Graham 0-1 each Report Raymond Gallagher, Rory Gallagher 0-4 each, C. Donnelly, C. Curran, R. Johnson 0-1 each
Breffni Park, Cavan
Referee: B. Gorman (Armagh)

14 June 1998
Quarter-Final
Down 0-11 - 0-16 Armagh
D. Dougan 2-0, J. Brolly, S. Downey 0-4 each, E. Burns, G. Magill 0-2 each, E. Muldoon 0-1 Report D. Marsden 0-7, C. O'Rourke 0-3, O. McConville, G. Houlihan 0-2 each, P. McGrane, P. McKeever 0-1 each
St Tiernach's Park, Clones
Attendance: 24,300
Referee: M. McBrien (Fermanagh)

28 June 1998
Semi-Final
Derry 2-13 - 0-12 Armagh
D. Dougan 2-0, J. Brolly, S. Downey 0-4 each, E. Burns, G. Magill 0-2 each, E. Muldoon 0-1 Report P. McKeever, O. McConville 0-4 each, D. Marsden 0-2, G. Houlihan, J. McNulty 0-1 each
St Tiernach's Park, Clones
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: P. McEneaney (Monaghan)


Semi-Final
Cavan 0-13 - 0-15 Donegal


19 July 1998
Final
Derry 1-07 - 0-08 Donegal
J Brolly 1-2, G Magill 0-2, E Burns, D Dougan, J Cassidy 0-1 each Report T Boyle 0-3, D Devenney 0-2, J Duffey, A Sweeney, N Hegarty 0-1 each

Referee: J. Curran (Tyrone)

All-Ireland series[edit]

Semi-finals Final
           
Kildare 1-13
Kerry 1-09
Kildare 1-10
Galway 1-14
Galway 0-16
Derry 1-08

Semi-finals[edit]

23 August 1998
Semi-Final
Derry 1-09 - 0-16 Galway
G. Coleman 1-1, E. Burns 0-3, E. Gormley 0-2, P. McFlynn, J. Cassidy 0-1 each Report P. Joyce 0-8, P. Fallon 0-4, M. Donnellan 0-2, N. Finnegan, S. O´ Domhnaill 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 38,569
Referee: J. Bannon (Longford)

30 August 1998
Semi-Final
Kildare 0-13 - 1-09 Kerry
P. Graven 0-4, K. O'Dwyer 0-3, M. Lynch, E. McCormack 0-2 each, J. Finn, P. Brennan 0-1 each Report M. Fitzgerald 0-4, J. Crowley 1-0, D. O´ Cinnéide 0-2, D. Daly, M.F. Russell, J. Crowley 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 65,002
Referee: M. Curley (Galway)

Final[edit]

27 September 1998
Final
Galway 1-14 - 1-10 Kildare
P. Joyce 1-2, N. Finnegan 0-4, J. Fallon 0-3, M. Donnellan, S. O´g d Paor 0-2 each, S. O´ Domhnaill 0-1 Report D. Earley 1-1, P. Brennan 0-3, E. McCormack, K. O'Dwyer 0-2 each, D. Kerrigan, N. Buckley 0-1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 65,886
Referee: J. Bannon (Longford)

Kildare were marginal favourites to take the title after dethroning reigning champions Kerry in a tight and close game. As well as dethroning the reigning champions, Kildare had also defeated Meath and Dublin, the 1996 and 1995 champions respectively. Galway were never in danger of losing against Derry in the semi-final and won by 5 points in the end victory.

Like in their semi-final against Derry, Galway started well and had three unanswered points on the board by the 13th minute, one of which saw Michael Donnellan race towards the Kildare at great speed before taking his point. Kildare got their first score through Eddie McCormack In the 20th minute, Kildare took the lead, after Dermot Earley scored a goal.

In response, Michael Donnellan galvanised his team with a moment of GAA magic. From his own defence, he proceeded to charge up the field at lightning pace, exchanging a pass with Kevin Walsh in midfield. The ball found its way to Seán Óg De Paor who finished the move with a well-taken point. It was a score that quelled a potential run of scores for the Lilywhites. At the interval, the score was 1-05 to 0-05 in favour of Kildare.

After the restart, Ja Fallon sniped a point off the arrears before Pádraic Joyce struck with a wonderful goal where he rounded goalkeeper Christy Byrne before finishing in front of an empty net. Galway had regained the lead and would never surrender it until the final whistle. By 50th minute, it was 1-11 to 1-06 to Galway. Kildare managed to cut the lead to three before injury time but Galway had the final score, courtesy of De Paor to give them their first title in 32 years.

Galway
Maroon and White Shirts/White Shorts/Maroon Socks
1-14 - 1-10
(final score after 70 minutes)
Kildare
White shirts/White shorts/White socks
Manager: John O'Mahony

Team:
Martin McNamara (GK)
Tomás Meehan
Gary Fahey
Tomás Mannion
Ray Silke (Capt.)
John Divilly
Seán Óg De Paor
Kevin Walsh
Seán Ó Domhnaill
Michael Donnellan
Ja Fallon
Shay Walsh
Derek Savage
Pádraic Joyce
Niall Finnegan


Substitutes:
Paul Clancy

Half-time:
0-05 - 1-05

Competition:
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
(Final)

Date:
15.30 BST
Sunday, September 27, 1998

Venue:
Croke Park, Dublin

Attendance:
65,886

Referee:
John Bannon

Match rules:
70 minutes.
Replay if scores still level.
Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Manager: Mick O'Dwyer

Team:
Christy Byrne (GK)
Brian Lacey
Davy Dalton
Ken Doyle
Anthony Rainbow
Glen Ryan
John Finn
Niall Buckley
Willie McCreery
Eddie McCormack
Declan Kerrigan
Dermot Earley
Martin Lynch
Karl O'Dwyer
Padraig Graven