Sean Cavanagh set for 'emotional' return to Croke Park after all
When Sean Cavanagh left the Croke Park pitch following Tyrone’s defeat to Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland championship, he thought he had played his last game at Headquarters.
But Cavanagh will be back there on Saturday next as part of a Moy Tir na nOg side who will be strongly focussed on taking delivery of the All-Ireland Intermediate Club championship title.
It was in a rugged, tense semi-final against An Ghaeltacht at the week-end that Moy held their nerve to triumph by 1-5 to 0-6.
For Cavanagh in particular, his return to Croke Park is a dream come true.
“The Moy club has gone 35 years without gaining any appreciable success and now here we are in the All-Ireland final,” says Cavanagh, “It’s going to be a very emotional occasion for the whole Moy community.”
It was a goal and a point in injury-time from Harry Loughran in Saturday’s win over An Gaeltacht that did most to keep the Moy dream of All-Ireland glory alive after they had trailed by 0-6 to 0-3 at the start of added time.
Nor is Moy the only Ulster club on the trail of All-Ireland glory. Slaughtneil are back in the camogie final after beating Kilkenny side Thomastown by 0-14 to 0-11 in yesterday’s semi-final.
However, Tyrone side Eglish just failed to make it into the junior final when they lost to Johnstownbridge in their semi-final by 2-5 to 0-9.
And there was disappointment for Ulster in the All-Ireland club hurling championship semi-finals when Middletown lost to Kanturk in the intermediate encounter and Donegal side Setanta fell to Waterford outfit Ardmore by 4-12 to 0-13 in the junior semi-final.