27 Sept 2022

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The day Mick O'Dwyer thought Offaly had beaten Kildare

Kildare went on to win the replay

In the summer of 2000, Bryan Adams was playing Slane Castle, Samantha Mumba was number one in the charts, and Mick O'Dwyer was scratching his head over the result of Offaly's clash with Kildare in the Leinster football semi-final.

Croke Park was heaving as the neighbours renewed rivalries, playing for the right to face off with Dublin in the Leinster decider of that year. 

The game was tight with Vinny Claffey and Colm Quinn scoring 0-3 each for Offaly, and Johnny Doyle starring for Kildare. The game rose to a ferocious conclusion, ultimately ending in a draw, 0-11 to 1-8, not that poor old Micko knew anything about the result.

He was interviewed by RTE afterwards in this now infamous clip where he pays credit to Offaly for their tenacious spirit and ability to come back, something he knew all to well after 1982. 

He was sure his Kildare side of the time had been beaten as he lamented the performance, until the interviewer said, "it could have been worse, you could have gone out."

Micko famously replied, "Was it a draw, it was?" "Oh, that's okay, we'll have another shot so," he joked as he walked off with a wry Kerry smile. Unfortunately for us, they took that shot and ran with it, beating the Faithful by 0-17 to 2-8 in the replay.

They went on to beat Dublin in the final to claim the Leinster title, but lost out to Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final. Kerry won the All-Ireland that year after a four-point success over the Tribesmen. 

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