1999 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1999 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1999 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 26 September 1999
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee Mick Curley (Galway)
Attendance 63,276
1998
2000

The 1999 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 112th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1999 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland. Meath defeated Cork to claim the last All-Ireland football final of the Millennium.[1]

Pre-match[edit]

Meath had "unquestionably" played more key games at Croke Park in the 1990s than any other Leinster county.[2]

Cork's Seán Óg Ó hAilpín went into the match aiming to emulate Teddy McCarthy's achievement of winning two senior All-Ireland championship medals in the same season.[3]

Match[edit]

Meath won by three points, recovering from the double blow of a penalty miss and the concession of a spectacular Joe Kavanagh goal at the start of the second half to eventually take control and win in style.[4] It was Trevor Giles that missed the penalty.[5] Kevin O'Dwyer, in the Cork goal, saved the penalty.[6] If Giles had scored, Meath would have been two goals clear -- Cork counterattacked, scored a point, then a goal.[7]

Cork had almost 60% of the possession and were in control of the game for most of the first half, yet still lost.[8] The average age of the Cork team was just over 23.[9] Trevor Giles scored a crucial 45 eleven minutes from the end; the score put Meath one point ahead.[10] Graham Geraghty captained Meath to victory and raised the Sam Maguire Cup aloft.[11] The manager of the Meath team that day was Sean Boylan.[12] Giles was viewed as "dictating the shape of the large picture like a director of epic movies."[13] The performance of Meath's Mark O'Reilly was also praised.[14]

"Some of the widest wides ever seen in Croke Park this century" occurred during the game.[15]

Cork player Joe Kavanagh said it was as bad as the 1993 defeat.[16]

Legacy[edit]

Meath's second All-Ireland football title of the decade following their success in 1996, they were joint "team of the decade" for the 1990s with Down who won two titles in 1991 and 1994.[17] Meath footballer Cormac Murphy, who afterwards expressed his relief that he had not retired before the game, said "I don't know. I don't think this achievement will make us team of the nineties. You have Down, you have Cork again, there have been a lot of good teams. Ask me again this time next year."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Jim; Mulqueen, Charlie (1999). "Masterful Meath in seventh heaven". Irish Examiner. 
  2. ^ "Boylan sees his battling quarrymasters dig out victory". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  3. ^ "O´ hA´ilpín keeps it in perspective". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Jim (1999). "Meath's crowning glory". Irish Examiner. 
  5. ^ Mooney, Brendan (1999). "Penalty miss redeemed by crucial points". Irish Examiner. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Brendan (1999). "Defeat is so hard to bear for O'Dwyer". Irish Examiner. 
  7. ^ "Boylan sorcery conjures up more Meath magic". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  8. ^ Davis, Tony (1999). "Rebels forward line not on form". Irish Examiner. 
  9. ^ "Counihan looks ahead to next year but finds defeat difficult". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  10. ^ "Royals revelled in tight finish". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  11. ^ "Captain overcome with emotion as he places daughter in Cup". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  12. ^ Gallagher, Mark (1999). "High King of Tara celebrates success". Irish Examiner. 
  13. ^ "Character sees Meath defy destiny and despair". Irish Examiner. 1999. 
  14. ^ Mooney, Brendan (1999). "O’Reilly joins list of great Meath wing backs". Irish Examiner. 
  15. ^ McConnell, Cormac (1999). "High King of Tara celebrates success". Irish Examiner. 
  16. ^ Larkin, Brendan (1999). "Gutted Kavanagh says they simply under-achieved". Irish Examiner. 
  17. ^ "Kerry on honour roll". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "Murphy so glad he didn’t retire". Irish Examiner. 1999.