2018. Another scorcher of a day in Clones and a final twist in team selection.
Neil McGee's red card in the semi-final win over Down and his subsequent suspension opens up a place in the starting line up.
Donegal manager Declan Bonner reshuffles the pack. Stephen McMenamin moves to full back and, having watched Fermanagh choke the life from Armagh and Monaghan's attacks, realises he needs a long-range shooting option.
Enter Odhrán MacNiallais. The game is just eight minutes old when Fermanagh's defence is in place. Eoghan Bán Gallagher's run is going nowhere until he hands it off to the elegant Gaoth Dobhair man. He leans back from 45 yards and strokes it over the bar.
Born for it.
"All those other Ulster finals, there is simply nothing like it, 35,000 in the town," says MacNiallais now, casting his mind back two years.
"My favourite part of playing at that level was those days. Travelling on the bus, thousands lining the roads. In Clones, there is no warm-up pitch, so we would run down the road to go to that pitch. You are in among the fans for those few seconds running down the road.
"And Clones, the buzz, the atmosphere on a real hot day, that's what I miss, the buzz, there is nothing like it."
MacNiallais made his debut for Donegal in the first year of Jim McGuinness's reign in 2011, when just a teenager. He took another couple of years to mature but was in the panel by 2013, when they were beaten by Monaghan.
A year later he was a starter when they gained revenge, scoring three points.
And so it went, he was on duty on Ulster final day for the next two summers. He took a break in 2017 to experience New York. Back in time for 2018, a year that closed out with the most unlikely of Donegal and Ulster club titles for his club Gaoth Dobhair.
And then came a late January night outside Gortahork when a Toyota Corolla left the road and four young men lost their lives.
Among them was Micheál Roarty, one of MacNiallais' closest friends. Gaoth Dobhair had an All-Ireland club semi-final a fortnight afterwards, but what did it all mean?
"I had zero interest in football for a long time after that. Getting back into football in 2019 after that Corofin game and… the Corofin game, losing that didn't even bother me," he says.
"Losing Micheál… I wouldn't consider Corofin a loss. It's just another match, and we have all lost football games and you get over it, but when you lose a mate like that, it is something you don't get over.
"I didn't know what to do with myself for a long time after. It was a strange time for me. My whole life was just football. If I was ever p***** off or down about anything then football would get me going again. It was always something to look to.
"If you had a bad day you would go training later on and you would be happy out on the field."
MacNiallais has not played for Donegal since. Declan Bonner has been good to him. He wants him in. But the stomach for the lifestyle and the motivation to play county football has gone. At 28, he doesn't know if he will ever get it back.
"I think we played Corofin in February and went back training around April time. It was a real struggle to get back into it. We flogged it out and got to the final against Glenties, had the three matches against them and that was a f****** nightmare. By the third game you were hoping for it to be over, win or lose. I was just glad it was all over."
There's not much to do in economy-stricken Gaoth Dobhair, and even less in the winters, so he made the trip to London at the start of the year, moving into a house in Crouch End with his former coach, Michael Boyle.
MacNiallais hooked up with North London Shamrocks and was working as a trainee CAD technician. And then lockdown came. He returned home. There were no further approaches from Bonner.
In truth, he's not in the right place for it. There's still a lot of unprocessed grief for his friend.
"For months afterwards, even now," he admits, "you wake up waiting for it to have been a bad dream. You still find yourself sitting in a daze thinking about it, how unbelievable it really is. But it's actually happening.
"For a few months after, you don't realise it but you are grieving, trying to deal with it, and it is not one bit easy."
And that's how one of the most outrageously gifted Gaelic footballers of this generation is out of sight. For now.