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Scores fit for a King - 10 of Henry Shefflin's best

The retiring Kilkenny star has left behind some great memories and here are ten of them.

WE HERE AT The42 have a great appreciation for the sight of a brilliantly taken score in hurling, we also have a huge fondness for King Henry. Over the last fifteen years Shefflin has given us some majestic and unforgettable moments in GAA history and here are ten of them, but the list could be so much longer.

V Limerick, All Ireland Quarter Final 2012

The first of his two goals in the rout of Limerick saw Shefflin cause trouble for their back line in the air initially, then feeding off the scraps of Nicky Quaid’s mistake before he fired into an empty net.

Source: MarcasOCallanain/YouTube

V Dublin, Leinster Final 2011

Shefflin bagged the third goal in a crushing 4-17 to 1-15 defeat of the Dubs. Dublin left Shefflin in acres of space on front of goal and he made no mistake when generating massive power in his strike to fire the sliotar into the bottom corner.

Source: Newstalk 106-108 fm/YouTube

V Tipperary, All Ireland Semi Final 2002

Tipp were the reigning All Ireland champions but Kilkenny edged them out by four points, with Shefflin raising seven white flags that day. The pick of the bunch was this score when he opened up a two point lead for the Cats at a crucial juncture of the game.

Source: Tribesmen Hurling/YouTube

V Galway, Leinster Final 2012

Galway shocked Kilkenny in the Leinster final to secure their first ever title. Shefflin was one of the few Kilkenny players who turned up that day and his personal tally of 1-7 is not to be sniffed at. At the time this goal looked as if it may propel Kilkenny back into that particular game.

Source: MarcasOCallanain/YouTube

V Tipperary, All Ireland Final 2009

The first billing of the great modern day rivalry between the Cats and the Premier County saw Kilkenny run out six points winners in a thriller. Shefflin notched 1-8, with the goal coming from a penalty. One fan’s footage from the Hill captures the moment brilliantly.

Source: tommyn147/YouTube

V Limerick, All Ireland Quarter Final 2012

With his side trailing by two points the King showed immense skill in flicking the deftest of shots over the on-rushing Nicky Quaid from the tightest of angles. A sublime piece of skill that pushed his side ahead.

Source: MarcasOCallanain/YouTube

V Cork, National League 2011

One of his finest ever points showcased almost every skill he had in his armory, strength, speed, skill and guile. He won the ball inside his own 65′ before sprinting half way up the pitch and turning Tom Kenny inside out with a flick of the hurl and stroking the sliotar over the bar. Immense.

Source: HurlingGoals/YouTube

V Kilcormac Killoughey, Leinster Final 2014

In a tighter than expected battle, Ballyhale came through against the Offaly champions with little to spare. The score of the game came from the King who scooped up the sliotar on the right hand-side touchline before lobbing a spectacular effort over the bar.

Source: hockeyhurlingshinty5/YouTube

V Galway, National League 2014

The title of the video does not do the level of skill displayed any justice. Joe Canning has long been seen as the heir to Henry’s throne and their personal swapping of points within the space of forty seconds in last year’s league was a joy to watch. Shefflin hit the first with a splendid effort off his weaker side from the left wing.

Source: TG4/YouTube

V Limerick, All Ireland Quarter Final 2005

An audacious piece of skill saw Shefflin bring the ball 30 yards without grasping the sliotar in his hand before doing the easy part of tapping it over the bar. With a flick of the hurl he took the ball away from one Limerick man, before lobbing it over another and running onto it and then scoring. Truly magnificent.

Source: Conor Ryan/YouTube

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