“This will be talked about for years.” Those words of Marty Morrissey over the weekend applied quite rightly to Laois Hurlers landing All Ireland Glory but it would have been equally true if it had applied to the Waterford footballers that came so close, losing 5-4 after 90 minutes.
If that opening paragraph is the strangest you’ve read on Sport for Business there is good reason.
This past weekend saw 32 inter-county players representing their county colours in a FIFA20 Charity Online Tournament in aid of HSE and NHS frontline workers across Ireland.
Players from across the island took part in provincial tournaments over the weekend with Laois being crowned All-Ireland Champions on Sunday through the skilful play of Eric Killeen.
Throughout the tournament, fans saw classic clashes and GAA rivalries come to the fore with Donegal beating Tyrone in the first round and Cork defeating Kerry in the Munster semi-final.
The provincial finals saw Laois’s Eric Kileen take home the Leinster title against Meath’s Jordan Morris, while Waterford’s Aaron Jones had a convincing defeat over Cork’s Sean O’Donoghue to claim the Munster title.
In the West Sligo’s Niall Feehily just beat Roscommon’s Donie Smith in a 4-3 thriller to become the Connacht champion and Donegal narrowly lost out in the Ulster title with Oisin Gallen losing 2-1 to Antrim’s Patrick McBride.
The semi-finals saw Laois sail through to the final with a 6-2 defeat of Sligo but it went down to the wire between Waterford and Antrim Aaron Jones winning by 1 goal in the end.
The tournament came to a close with Laois’ Eric Kileen beating Waterford’s Aaron Jones 5-4 in the All-Ireland final which was commentated live by Marty Morrisey.
Others to have leant their voice on the microphone included Oisin Langan and if you want to relive the highlights the best bits can be seen below.
It may not quite make up for what we have been missing on the field of play but it was all for a good cause and you can still contribute.
The FIFA20 All-Ireland Charity tournament, organised by the GPA and journalist Joanne O’Riordan, supported by Trust Gaming, was broadcast on Insomnia Dublin Gaming Festival’s Facebook, with supporters donating over €5,000 via the event’s Go Fund Me page with donations still being accepted here.