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Top 20 GAA Moments - Moment 8

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Published on Jan 28, 2007

The Kerry goal, late in the game, which copperfastened victory over Offaly in the 1981 All-Ireland football final, was probably the greatest they scored in the golden era from 1975 to 86.

No fewer than seven players handled the ball in a sweeping move. It started with Jimmy Deenihan in the full-back line and mighty midfielder Jack O'Shea finished it, powering his way through to the 14-yard line to collect a sweetly-delivered pass from Mikey Sheehy and crash an unstoppable drive to the back of the Offaly net.

For me, the main attraction of this great GAA moment is that it reminds us of the most famous try in the history of rugby, scored by Gareth Edwards for the Barbarians against the touring New Zealand All-Blacks in Cardiff, in 1973.

Both were spectacular, breathtaking, length-of-the-field moves, from right to left, starting in much the same positions; they were both of astonishing skill and athleticism, and both will live forever in the sporting memory.

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