27-years to the day after helping Down to their fifth All-Ireland title in 1991, Mickey Linden is demonstrating why age is just number.
At 55, Linden came off the bench for Mayobridge in the Down Reserve final. In a 1-15 to 0-7 win over Burren, Linden wasn't merely satisfied with taking part, however.
Despite some pretty intense calls for the ball from a nearby teammate, Linden held onto the ball long enough to find himself in a shooting position.
From an incredible distance, Linden lofted a beautiful left-footed effort straight over the bar. A monstrous effort from the 55-year-old corner-forward, you can watch his outstanding point below.
Proof that age is just a number!
5⃣5⃣ year old Mickey Linden scores a superb point for Mayobridge 2⃣7⃣ years to the day that he helped Down to All-Ireland glory. 👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/TtCIhAiR1o
— BBC SPORT NI (@BBCSPORTNI) September 17, 2018
Plenty of those present in Pairc Esler could scarcely believe what they had just seen.
55 years of age and @mickey1cjm still enjoying his football @MayobridgeGAC ...comes on today in the @OfficialDownGAA Reserve final and scores an outstanding point at the end of the game...fucking amazing!!! pic.twitter.com/ovJwja0623
— Sports DNA - Brendan Monaghan (@mungo4) September 15, 2018
Even the defeated finalists could but applaud Linden's moment of magic.
Congratulations to @MayobridgeGAC on the Reserve championship win. Worth the entry fee to see Micky's point👏
— BurrenGAAOfficial (@BurrenGAA) September 15, 2018