Mayo and Meath will have to meet again after a draw in the All Ireland Football Final.

The wait for Mayo to win the Sam Maguire continues after Meath came from behind to level the game and bring the teams back to Croke Park for a replay. With time almost up a freak point from Colm Coyle tied the teams and Mayo were left to rue what might have been.

At half time Mayo lead by three points ten minutes into the second half a mix up in the Meath defence left Ray Dempsey with the ball at his feet and when his shot found the back of the net Mayo were six points ahead. Meath reduced the gap to three points but with eleven minutes to go Mayo substitute PJ Loftus made it a four point advantage. That however was to be Mayo's last score of the day. Points from John McDermott, Trevor Giles and Brendan Reilly brought the margin to a solitary point.

With seconds to go Mayo could still dream until a speculative punt from Colm Coyle bounced over everyone and sailed over the bar. The final whistle was greeted by a strange quiet from the crowd. Mayo supporters were stunned and Meath fans knew that their team had got away with this one.      

Highlights shown here are taken from The Sunday Game broadcast 15 September 1996.

The commentator is Ger Canning