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Comeback of the Year from the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

A ‘Lazurus’ performance, some might say.

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship this year was purely exceptional. Although a few may remain sceptical about the restructuring of the Championship, it was proven a pure treat this summer.

The result was every hurling fans dream. Countless matches were played week after week where we witnessed some brilliant #StyleOfPlay action. We were literally on the edge of our seats the whole time!

And what more do people love in GAA but a good comeback. A game that turns on its head and the team that is lagging behind suddenly comes fighting back.

It makes supporters sit up and exclaim, ‘Now we have a game!’ And we certainly weren’t short of supply of them this year.

The Bannermen rally against the Tribesmen

This summer we saw plenty of teams in fighting spirit. Clare entered the All-Ireland Semi-Final as underdogs against the All-Irelands Champions at the time, Galway. After the first quarter of this game, Galway pushed out ahead 1-7 to 0-1. Though you have to give it to Clare, they kept their cool and showed tremendous spirit in the second half and came fighting back!

Extra time had to be played and not even that could separate these two sides!

Tipperary answer to Waterford

While the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final clash between Clare and Galway had us all completely gripped, we think this match was the standout comeback game of the Championship.

Back in early June, Waterford and Tipperary clashed in the round robin stage of the Munster Championship.

It was a game surrounded by controversy due to the umpire’s decision to allow Austin Gleeson‘s goal save. Aside from that, in the opening half of this game, Waterford were running riot around the Gaelic Grounds as they had the complete upper hand on Tipperary.

While it was all still to play for, Tipperary rose from the dead to secure a draw against the Déíse. With only 16 minutes left on the clock, Waterford led the way with 2-20 to 0-15. It looked as though Tipperary hadn’t enough left in the tank to close in on Waterford’s lead. They did exactly that.

Goals from Jason Forde and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher rallied the Premier County as they came fighting back. Heart-stopping stuff and credit to Tipp who showed great spirit and a never say die attitude!

Check out the highlights below.

What did you think of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship? What team do you think had the best comeback? Let us know!

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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