The 106th Leinster football final between great rivals Dublin and Meath in an triumphant year for the Dubs
Croke Park. July 30th 1995
Dublin and Meath developed a keen rivalry in Leinster having faced each other in seven finals in the previous ten years and the famous four game saga of 1991.
So it was quite a surprise in 1995 considering the recent close battles between the two teams that Dublin emerged victors with a winning margin of 10 points to take their fourth successive title in Leinster.
Clearly a sign of things to come for the boys in blue who went on to lift the Sam Maguire, beating Tyrone in the All Ireland Final. And on this provincial football final day, Dublin truly proved they were unstoppable.
Meath got off to a flying start with a point from John McDermott after 15 seconds. By the end of a tough first half Dublin were in the driving seat, leading by four points with Dessie Farrell and Charlie Redmond contributing five of Dublin’s eight scores. Meath were always playing a chasing game and it resulted in the largest Dublin victory over Meath in 40 years.
A goal six minutes into the second half from Evan Kelly brought Meath level and a Graham Geraghty point put the Royal county ahead for the first time. Three unanswered points saw Dublin go ahead again before a punched Paul Clarke goal in the 58th minute provided a six point lead and the platform to finish out the game.
Jason Sherlock’s second half contribution to the occasion included a point and planting a kiss on the cheek of match referee Pat Casserly.
Charlie Redmond 0-07
Paul Clarke 1-02
Dessie Farrell 0-03
Paul Curran 0-02
Jason Sherlock 0-02
Mick Galvin 0-01
Jim Gavin 0-01
Evan Kelly 1-00
Trevor Giles 0-03
Colm O’Rourke 0-02
Graham Geraghty 0-01
Johnny Devine 0-01
Brian Stafford 0-01