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Watch: Incredible Footage Of Dramatic Conclusion To 2006 Mayo Final

Watch: Incredible Footage Of Dramatic Conclusion To 2006 Mayo Final

In a year in which the men's intercounty team reached the All-Ireland final, 2006 was also a vintage year for the Mayo men's senior football championship.

The dramatic conclusion to the 2006 Mayo final saw Crossmolina Deel Rovers deny Ballaghaderreen right at the death and, to promote their club lotto this week, Crossmolina opted for a cheeky tweet with a video of the ending of that '06 match.

Crossmolina tease Ballaghaderreen with cheeky 2006 Mayo final tweet

The 2006 Mayo final saw strong favourites Crossmolina face off with Ballaghaderreen. Crossmolina were six-times county champions at that point, and came into the game off the back of triumphs in 1995, '99, 2000, '02 and '05. Ballaghaderreen, on the other hand, came into the game looking for just their second ever county title.

It looked for the majority of that 2006 final that there would be a major upset, with Ballaghaderreen on the brink of a first ever Mayo county championship as the game ticked into the 65th minute.

Leading 1-11 to 1-8 in injury time, and with a man advantage after the sending off of Crossmolina man Henry McLoughlin, had Ballaghaderreen on the verge of victory, before a late free from Ciaran McDonald changed everything.

Mayo intercounty star McDonald fired in the free from 30+ yards and, with the help of a deflection, he sensationally found the net to level the game with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Crossmolina went on to win the replay a week later, and Ballaghaderreen would have to wait until 2008 to claim their maiden title. On Tuesday evening, Crossmolina tweeted a clip of McDonald's winning goal with the caption "U FEELIN LUCKY TODAY? Lotto €16,650!!" promoting their club lotto, in a rather cheeky nod to their good fortune in 2006.

It was the best fortune that McDonald enjoyed in a showpiece game that year, as he and Mayo were denied at the final hurdle of the All-Ireland football championship by the perennially consistent Kerry team of the mid-2000s.

Kerry Mayo 2006 final 17 September 2006; Ciaran McDonald, Mayo, in action against Mike Frank Russell and Tommy Griffin, Kerry. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

We've rarely seen a conclusion to a club game as dramatic as that between Crossmolina and Ballaghaderreen in 2006, and we're thrilled that the footage shared by Crossmolina allows us to relive it.

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Eoin Harrington

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