It has done it again. With relentless consistency, this hurling Championship has produced. Today was the turn of Limerick and Clare as the Munster rivals did battle in the All-Ireland semi-final and for the second time this year, extra-time was required.
Cork looked home and dry with ten minutes left. With six minutes of normal time left, they led 1-26 to 1-20. However, this Limerick side has skill and steel and the introduction of substitutes Shane Dowling and Peter Casey proved crucial as John Kiely's side roared back into the tie.
At the other end, a piece of magic from Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid ensured the game must go to extra-time. With Patrick Horgan bearing down on goal, Quaid pulled off a sensational stop to deny the Cork star forward.
Check out this unbelievable save by Nickie Quaid! pic.twitter.com/Y3deg0CM18
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 29, 2018
The superb stop drew apt praise.
John Mullane is in the press box and somehow it feels like he's on the pitch.
Listen to the commentary as the game went to the extra-time. pic.twitter.com/cmjiQiuQQ0
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) July 29, 2018
Nickie Quaid. Wow #GAA
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) July 29, 2018
Nickie Quaid 👏👏
— Brendan Cummins (@BrenCummins1) July 29, 2018
Nicky Quaid - oh my god! What a save.....as good a moment as Peter Duggan’s point yesterday 😱😱👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #gaa
— Niamh Briggs (@niamhbriggs15) July 29, 2018
You won't buy a pint in Limerick tonight!!!#CORvLIM
— JJ (@jayhartigan) July 29, 2018
Nicky Quaid’s save there was one of the best I have ever seen. What a sport
— Pádraig Amond (@padraigamond21) July 29, 2018
Level again ...absolutely amazing flick by Nicky Quaid
— Bernard Flynn (@bernardflynn15) July 29, 2018
Nicky Quaid could retire on that save. Remarkable. Got Limerick to extra time. At least... #limvcork #GAA #SundayGame
— Marcus Ó Buachalla (@ohfadabee) July 29, 2018
That save/block by Nicky Quaid is one of the greatest things I have ever seen in hurling - Imagine not loving this wonderful game we have! #CorkvLim #gaa
— Patrick Lynn (@LynnyQQ) July 29, 2018