Friday 21 October 2016

Zero Limits

Ray Cosgrove's memorable moments

Dublin 2-11 - 0-10 Meath

Leinster semi-final


Despite being marked by Royals legend Darren Fay, Cosgrove scored 2-3 as Dublin recorded their first victory over Meath since 1995.

"That was a sweet one alright," says Cosgrove. "As a kid growing up you always dream of scoring a few goals in Croke Park, especially against 'the old enemy'. That was a great day."

Dublin 2-13 - 2-11 Kildare

Leinster final


Dublin had waited seven years to win a Leinster title. Cosgrove can remember the feeling of relief at full time.

I will never forget that day. Celebrating with the Delaney Cup in front of the Hill - it's a wonderful memory."

Dublin 3-09 - 1-09 Derry

Round 2 qualifier


Dublin travelled north to Clones to face Derry. The occasion was a novelty for Cosgrove.

"It was great to be away from Croke Park and out of our comfort zone. I will always remember, because there was a minor match on, we had to warm up away from the ground and walk back through the town to play the game!"

Dublin 3-17 - 0-12 Laois

Leinster semi-final


On his first Championship start in three years Cosgrove stole the show-scoring 1-3.

"My form had gone a bit stale. Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey showed faith in me. He told me 'you have loads of football left in you!' It was nice to get back in the team and score. I have to thank Pillar for having faith in me.

Two games all Dubs will want to forget

Armagh 1-14 v Dublin 1-13

All-Ireland semi-final


Heartbreak for Cosgrove and Dublin in this defeat.

"I won man of the match that day. I get stick for hitting the post. People forget the other contributions that I made throughout the game."

Mayo 1-16-2-12 Dublin

All-Ireland semi-final


Dublin are defeated, again by the narrowest of margins. 2006 was arguably the closest Cosgrove came to collecting an All-Ireland medal.

"The atmosphere was electric. We were seven points up. I was substituted during the second half and I got a high five from Pillar. I thought I could look forward to an All-Ireland final. But the game went away from us."

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