Noel McGrath received a standing ovation from the Croke Park crowd when he stepped onto the pitch with less than eight minutes remaining in the All-Ireland semi-final between Tipperary and Galway.
Just four months previously, the Loughmore clubman underwent surgery for testicular cancer and this was his return to inter-county action.
It was nearly fairytale stuff on his return too. In the 69th minute, with the scores level, McGrath gave his side the lead to huge roars from the Tipp support.
It wasn't to be for the Premier County though. Galway struck two scores in injury time, the first from Jason Flynn and then the second from substitute Shane Moloney.
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