WATCH: Matt Connor scoring 2-9 in the 1980 All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


In honour of Matt Connor who has today retired from An Garda Síochana after 40 years, we are going back to 1980 when he put in one of the finest personal displays of all-time against Kerry in the 1980 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Fresh from scoring a crucial goal to secure a Leinster title for Offaly against Dublin, Connor chipped in with 2-09 against the Kingdom in a pulsating game of football.

Offaly eventually lost out on a scoreline of 4-15 to 4-10, as Pat Spillane, Páidí Ó Sé and Co led Kerry, who were in their prime, to a third consecutive All-Ireland title. An eight-goal thriller saw the two teams go toe-to-toe in one of the greatest games ever played at Croke Park, but that iconic Kerry team were just too strong on the day.

Offaly would have their revenge, however, as Matt Connor was again involved in their 1982 All-Ireland win, scoring seven points, including two crucial frees late on, as Offaly beat Kerry, stopping their push for five-in-a-row. 

Matt Connor continually shows great strength in this clip as he keeps Offaly in the game, scoring two goals at crucial times as the Faithful fought hard to hold on to the lustrous coattails of their opponents.