Posted by An Maor Uisce
Monday 19 May 2014
But the Mournemen themselves had other ideas, and instead of folding like the first premature deckchairs of summer, they went and notched up nine unanswered points in a row.
In the face of this late flurry, Tyrone managed to keep the tie alive with two injury-time frees from Seán Cavanagh, but even though it wasn't a winning comeback by Down (at least, not until next Saturday's replay in Newry is settled), it got us thinking about some of the amazing scoring swings that we've seen in Championship football down the seasons.
Below are some memories from five great Championship comebacks - and don't forget, if you can remember great football trivia like this, you'll increase your chances of winning Championship match tickets in our Weekly Quiz.
1: McDonald's whopper seals it for Mayo, 2006
This was a great All-Ireland Semi-Final, with the lead being swapped more times than a dog-walking relay. Dublin trailed by a point at half-time, but had rallied in the second half to open up a seven-point lead over the then Connacht champions. Not to be outdone, Mayo went and scored eight unanswered points in return, eventually holding on to squeak through 1-16 to 2-12, thanks to a glorious 68th-minute score from Ciarán McDonald.
2: Wexford withstand Meath's dominance, 2008
In this topsy-turvy 2008 Leinster Championship clash, Meath finished the first half 2-8 to 0-4 up, and still led by the same 10-point margin (2-12 to 0-8) with just 18 minutes to go. Cue a sustained Wexford scoring spree of 2-6, with only one Meath point in return, to see the Slaneysiders home by a point, 2-14 to 2-13.
3: Down the comeback specialists, 2012
Even before last Sunday, Down had recent form regarding Championship comebacks. In 2012's Ulster Semi-Final tussle with Monaghan, the Farney County racked up score after score in the first half, and were leading by nine points as half time approached. A stoppage-time penalty gave Down a glimmer of hope, and they continued to claw themselves back into contention throughout the second half, before winning it with a last-gasp Darren O'Hagen point.
4: Darby derails Kerry's 5-in-a-row tilt, 1982
Having won the last 4 All-Irelands in a row, Kerry's grip on Sam was of the cast-iron variety as they took on Offaly. Five points up with less than 10 minutes to go, a fifth Kingdom title looked a formality when they were awarded a penalty. But when Martin Furlong saved from Mikey Sheehy, Offaly smelt a reprieve, pulled it back to two, and supersub Séamus Darby scored that goal to nick it, 1-15 to 0-17.
5: Armagh's Holywood ending, 1993
Armagh and Fermanagh had drawn their initial Ulster Championship Preliminary Round tie 1-9 apiece, but with the Orchard County eight points and a man down on 67 minutes, Fermanagh looked to have the replay in the bag. Two late goals and a point from Armagh's Denis Holywood, with only a solitary Fermanagh point in return, duly set up a twist in the tale, before John Grimley's goal saw Armagh home in sensational fashion, 4-8 to 1-16.
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