We just had to an article on this after another good championship season. We had drama, shock results, big game-turning points and most of all top class hurling. Let’s take a look at my top 5 moments.
- Laois beating Dublin in Portlaoise
Laois tops the list for me after a stunning performance against an unbackable Dublin side in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. It was a massive shock as no one obviously saw it coming. The Laois players believed and Eddie Brennan had a lot to do with that belief. Laois led from start to finish but it was the scenes after the game that really made it for me. Laois fans and players with tears in their eyes said it all.
2. Wexford winning Leinster for the first time since 2004
Has to rank right up there considering it was the Slaneysiders first title in 15 years. Davy Fitzgerald worked his magic as Wexford went unbeaten in the round-robin series before beating Kilkenny by three points in the Leinster Final. It was a pleasure to be it and to here the purple and gold play out around Croke Park. One that will live long in the memory
3. Patrick Horgan scoring 3-10 in the All-Ireland quarter-final
Not many times you can say that you score 3-10 in an All-Ireland quarter-final and still be on the losing side. However, this was the case for Patrick Horgan. One of the best individual displays of hurling I ever have seen, the Glen Rovers man won everything that came near, high or low, and also scored a goal from on his knees. Surely deserves an All-Ireland title down the line.
4. Offaly relegated to Christy Ring Cup
Where has Offaly gone, they seemed to have just dropped off while every other team has improved. The dropped down to the Joe McDonagh last year having shipped some heavy defeats, they then were very poor this year which resulted in another relegation this time to hurling’s third tier the Christy Ring Cup. Hurling needs Offaly competing it is a long way back for them though.
5. Greg Kennedy catch v Kilkenny
This was probably one of the most bizarre moments of the 2019 Championship. Kennedy a selector of Mattie Kenny’s Dublin intercepted a quick free from TJ Reid which looked certain to go to Billy Ryan for a goalscoring chance. However, Kennedy showed his qualities as a former defender with some excellent fielding! He was banned for 4 weeks for that.