MICKEY Ned O'Sullivan ran into a brick wall of Dublin defenders of which full-back Sean Doherty was the centre-piece at Croke Park in the 1975 All-Ireland final.
You might see it on TG4 reruns, but anyone who watched it live, shuddered at the impact. Mickey Ned, Kerry captain, was knocked out and taken to hospital while his team-mates went on to run the Dubs ragged.
The man from Kenmare might ponder the old saying 'what goes around, comes around' because 35 years later he was fully conscious to make a fateful decision that helped win Limerick's first piece of national silverware since their 1896 All-Ireland title. An intense final was delicately poised at 1-14 apiece with just three minutes of normal time left when Limerick won a '45.
Team captain Seanie Buckley stood over the ball, preparing to take a crucial kick. On the sideline, there was movement. Calls were being made. Buckley turned to see what the mentors were on about.
And then he saw goalkeeper Brian Scanlon loping up the field. Yes, Scanlon was being given the job of slotting the '45. He is the Limerick U-21 keeper and had only been training with the seniors for a couple of weeks.
Big moment. Big call by Mickey Ned and the sideline boys. Scanlon did not fail. He launched his kick and the ball arrowed like a heat-seeking missile as if locked onto the main bar at the Cat and Cage in Drumcondra. Point! Limerick lead!
Waterford kept battling but that score, coupled with the fatal miss of a goal chance just prior to the '45, combined to turn the game in Limerick's favour.
Scanlon had a hand -- literally -- in that episode too. He dived to parry a shot by Patrick Hurney. Tommy Prendergast's strike from the rebound beat the goalie but bounced back into play off the post.