It was not Tyrone’s day in Croke Park today. Despite being a young side, the departure of Sean Cavanagh halfway through the second half led to a raft of people questioning as to whether this was the last time we have seen one of the greatest footballers of the modern era showcase his talents on the biggest stage.
The 34-year old has spent 15 years in the white and red of Tyrone. Young Footballer of the Year in 2003 and Footballer of the Year in 2008, the Moy clubman has been the driving force behind many of Tyrone’s success since the turn of the millennium.
The final whistle saw Dublin players all sympathise with Cavanagh after an emphatic semi-final defeat. No confirmation has come through that Sean Cavanagh will retire after today’s game, but tributes have been pouring in from all angles as early indications seem to suggest that we may have seen Sean Cavanagh grace the GAA championship for the last time.
Sean Cavanagh’s titles
Ulster Minor ??
All-Ireland Minor ?
Ulster U21 ??
McKenna Cup ???????
Ulster Snr ??????
All-Ireland Snr ???
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh bows out. What a player & what a career. ???
— Steven McDonnell (@StevenMcD13) August 27, 2017
— Sabrina Hogan (@sabredy) August 27, 2017
Didn’t end the way Sean Cavanagh would’ve wanted but what a career he has had. Brilliant player and interviewee
— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh makes his final farewell after 89 championship appearances. Not his day but he’s had many, many great ones in 16 years.
— Colm Keys (@KeysColm) August 27, 2017
— Brendan Moran (@sportsfilebren) August 27, 2017
Sad to see poignancy of Sean Cavanagh and family at end but few footballers have served their county & game so magnificently for so long. pic.twitter.com/NBa4pWJEIk
— cliona foley (@ponyyelof) August 27, 2017
Lot of Dublin players going up to Sean Cavanagh. Sad way for a great career to end. A true great.
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh jogs off, ending one of the great inter-county careers. An incredible player in full flight.
— Michael Foley (@MickFoley76) August 27, 2017
— Aodhán Harkin (@AodhanHarkin) August 27, 2017