All-Ireland SFC Final Countdown – 1994 Down v Dublin

Dublin v Down - All-Ireland Football Final

Today we take a look back at the All-Ireland Final from 20 years ago – 1994 when Down defeated Dublin by 1-12 to 0-13.

Down started solidly and early points from Ross Carr gave the Ulster champions confidence.

They were 1-05 to 0-03 up in the first half after an attacking run saw the brilliant Mickey Linden do most of the hard work, drawing in Dublin keeper John O’Leary before unselfishly setting up James McCartan to finish a goal into the Hill 16 net, which would prove a vital score.

Conor Deegan was a towering presence in the Down midfield and was key to their success on the day against a very good Dublin side, that would go on to win the All-Ireland the following year.

In a very closely fought game, Dublin were given a lifeline with less than ten minutes to go when Dessie Farrell was fouled in the small square.

Charlie Redmond stood up to take the penalty but it was saved by Down keeper Neil Collins and the rebound fired wide as Down hung on and D.J Kane climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.