All-Ireland SFC Final Countdown – 1999 Meath v Cork

Meath v Cork - All Ireland Football FInal

Today we take a look back at the All-Ireland Final from 15 years ago – 1999 when Meath defeated Cork by 1-11 to 1-08.

Cork were hoping to add to their All-Ireland Senior Hurling Title won two weeks earlier, and the players in this final also had to deal with wet and slippery conditions as the hurlers.

It was also the last final to be played in front of the old Hogan Stand before it was to be rebuilt with the current stand there is today.

Meath held an early lead to take a 1-05 to 0-05 advantage into the break. Trevor Giles had his penalty saved by Cork goalkeeper Kevin O’Dwyer after the break, and soon after Joe Kavanagh scored a goal at the end to boost the Rebels cause.

But from there on it was all Meath as they pushed on more and more as the half progressed.

Giles was key for Seán Boylan’s Meath, scoring four points on the day, with legendary full-back Darren Fay also playing a starring role. Evan Kelly and captain Graham Geraghty both scored three points each with Donal Curtis getting Meath’s other point as the Royals won their fourth Sam Maguire under his management.