Tipperary's Seamus Callanan loves a goal. That much is obvious. The full-forward hit his seventh of this Championship within minutes of the throw-in for the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
The 30-year-old's first-time strike ensures he is now the fourth-most prolific goal scorer in the history of championship hurling. He passes out DJ Carey and Christy Ring's total of 33. It was his 34th championship goal and a shot worthy of the achievement.
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His effort was a sensational piece of skill, striking the ball first time to fire a rocket past Mark Fanning. The first chance offered to him in the game and he took it.
While it will be near impossible to overtake Nicky Rackard's remarkable total of 59 Callanan's total ensures he will be considered amongst elite company. However, third-placed Eddie Keher's total of 35 is well within reach. He may even look as high as Wexford's Tony Doran in second on 40.
For Callanan, it is just the latest in a long list of impressive feats. The Drom-Inch club man has collected three All-Stars, two All-Irelands, scored a total of 55-462 and counting.
What's all the more impressive is the era he did it in. The modern game's best forwards continue to gravitate out the field. Think of Joe Canning, Walter Walsh, Cathal Mannion.
That's just the by-product of a game in the midst of a golden era. Star forwards, like Patrick Horgan and TJ Reid, continue to thrive. All-time greats. With a gorgeous goal in the GAA's HQ, Callanan consolidated his place amongst them.