When Diarmuid Connolly sat back into the pocket, setting himself up for power fade with the outside of his right boot, in a similar way to Ronan O’Gara and the Grand Slam drop goal over a decade ago, I thought perhaps the story was written in the stars for the prodigal son to return home with the fattened calf.
In the 2017 Division 1 final, Kerry brought Dublin’s 36-game unbeaten record across League and Championship to an end. Next Sunday, they aim to prevent Jim Gavin’s men from extending their defeat-less Championship run to 36. Thirty-three Championship wins and two draws have brought Dublin to the brink of creating GAA history. Here are 15 facts and figures behind their remarkable five-in-a-row tilt:
Jim Gavin has escaped criticism, which is understandable given the winning run he has led Dublin on throughout the last three championships. However, he should cop some for what he did yesterday — or rather what he didn’t do.
The All-Ireland final may be the goal that consumes Gaelic football’s elite but the likelihood is that most, if not all, of those Dublin and Mayo men due to play a part in Croke Park on Sunday will spend the next two days trying to forget all about it.