What happened next?

A Sunday in August 1980 was the date, Croke Park the venue, as Roscommon faced Armagh in the All Ireland semi final. Was the ball going wide or was it goal-bound?             One man who remembers the moment clearly is Roscommon goalkeeper Gay Sheeran. ‘It was a great game of football all right, but not a great day for me because I let in three goals! This was the first goal and it was scored by a lad called Joe Murphy who was sent off later in the game for taking a swing at Paddy Lindsay,’ he says.             ‘Every time I saw that photo over the years I have said that the ball went wide or that it hit the post and I gathered it but I suppose I’ll have to admit now that it went in,’ he said.             ‘ The second goal was scored by Jimmy Smith who took about 11 steps and I’ll say nothing about the third that day!’ Gay went on.             Despite conceding three goals Gay remembers that game with great fondness. ‘It was a mighty game of football. We were 2-6 to 0-7 down at half time, but we scored 2-13 in the second half and won by 2-20 to 3-11 and we had only one wide in the second half and it was the last kick of the game!’             The picture is currently on display in the National Library of Ireland, part of an ‘Eyewitness’ exhibition of work by the award-winning photographer Coleman Doyle. The exhibition is made up of 95 of Coleman’s favourite photos out of the 25,000 photographs which make up his work. Eyewitness runs at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, until November. Visit www.nli.ie for details. The photograph was produced by kind permission of the National Library of Ireland.