1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 3 May 1998 – 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 Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 112th edition of the GAA's premier Gaelic football competition. The championship began on 3 May 1998 and ended on 27 September 1998.

Galway's 1-14 to 1-10 victory over Kildare in the All-Ireland final meant that the Sam Maguire Cup returned to the county and the province of Connacht for the first time since 1966. This was Galway's eighth All-Ireland triumph in all. Kildare, managed by Mick O'Dwyer, had defeated the 1995 champions Dublin and the 1996 champions Meath to win their first Leinster title since 1956, before defeating the 1997 champions Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Format[edit]

The Ulster, Munster and Connacht championships were conducted as straight knock-out competitions. The Munster football championship for the 2nd year running had Kerry, Cork and Clare as byes to the semi-finals while Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford played a lone-first round game with the bye team in a lone quarter final. The Leinster championship consisted of a round robin format between Westmeath, Wexford, Longford and Carlow to determine the 8th team to play in the Leinster quarter finals. The winners of each provincial competition went on to play in the All Ireland semi-finals.

Results[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  

24 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Galway 1-13 - 2-06 Mayo

31 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Sligo 0-14 - 1-07 London


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, Roscommon
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
Tuam Stadium, Tuam
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

2 August 1998
Final Replay
Galway 1-17 - 0-17
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Roscommon
M. Donnellan 1-3, J. Fallon 0-5, D. Savage 0-3, S. Óg 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, Roscommon
Referee: S. Prior (Leitrim)

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Round robin stage[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Scores for Scores against Points
1 Westmeath 3 3 0 0 ? ?
2 Longford 3 1 1 1 ? ?
3 Wexford 3 1 1 1 ? ?
4 Carlow 1 0 0 1 ? ?

3 May 1998
1st Round
Westmeath 1-18 - 2-05 Carlow

3 May 1998
1st Round
Longford 1-16 - 2-13 Wexford

10 May 1998
1st Round Replay
Longford 0-16 - 2-07 Wexford

10 May 1998
2nd Round
Westmeath 3-14 - 3-07 Wexford

17 May 1998
3rd Round
Westmeath 3-14 - 1-13 Longford

Westmeath qualify as 8th team for the Leinster Championship

Knockout stage[edit]

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

24 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Meath 3-10 - 0-07 Offaly
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 48856
Referee: Pat Casserley

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 Park, 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)

21 June 1998
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]

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

10 May 1998
1st Round
Tipperary 1-13 - 1-12 Limerick
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: Ml. O' Coileain ( C )

30 May 1998
Quarter-Final
Tipperary 1-16 - 0-07 Waterford
Ned Hall Park,, Clonmel
Referee: M. O'Sullivan (Kerry)

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
Semi-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, Thurles
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      
     

17 May 1998
Preliminary Round
Down 0-15 - 2-07 Tyrone

24 May 1998
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)

21 June 1998
Semi-Final
Cavan 0-13 - 0-15 Donegal

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
Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: P. McEneaney (Monaghan)

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
St Tiernach's Park, Clones
Referee: J. Curran (Tyrone)

All-Ireland series[edit]

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

Semi-finals[edit]

23 August 1998
Semi-Final
Derry 1-08 - 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, J. 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


Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • On May 3rd 1998, the drawn game between Longford and Wexford was the 1st Championship game to be played at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy for 42 years.
  • Kildare end a 42 wait to become Leinster Champions.
  • The Galway-Derry All Ireland semi-final was the first meeting of them.
  • Galway won the All Ireland title for 1st in 32 years also were the 1st Connacht team since then to do so.

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition