Well done to the Dubs for winning their second ever U21 All-Ireland, which they eventually did after a dramatic evening’s football up in Breffni Park this evening (RTÉ’s match report is here). I had planned to take my Jackeens to this decider but the 7 pm throw-in time up in Cavan this evening did for that – it would have been gone eleven tonight by the time I’d’ve got them back home again and, Bank Holiday or not, that’s just too late to be arriving home from a match with a carload of midgets. Instead, we all settled down in front of the TV to follow the action live on TG4, with The Brother (who was there) adding some additional ringside colour to the occasion.
The little lad was, understandably, fairly elated to see his county claim an All-Ireland title, the first they’ve done since he was born a bit over five years ago. Mind you, when Donegal’s Michael Murphy shaped up to take that penalty deep into stoppage time, you could see spreading across his face that sense of defeatist resignation that has come from having watched too many Dublin and Mayo matches at such an early age. But this time was different – Murphy’s rasper came back off the crossbar and seconds later the Dubs were celebrating a victory that will surely do much to lift spirits in these parts after what has been two desperately disheartening summers for them.