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OTB Moment of the Decade | Sexton's drop goal vs Ireland's hockey summer

This morning OTB AM continued the Round of 16 in our search to crown the Off The Ball Most-Memorable Moment of the Decade (the OTB MMMOTD).

The latest tie pitches Johnny Sexton's last gasp drop goal against France in the 2018 Six Nations against Ireland's Hockey World Cup heroics.

Johnny Sexton's score stopped the French from derailing Ireland's Grand Slam dreams in the tournament's opening weekend.

Despite a flat performance, Joe Schmidt's side got the job done in the most-dramatic fashion imaginable as Ireland recycled the ball through 41 phases before the Leinster-man took on the long-long range drop at goal.

Ireland went on to sweep the tournament, which culminated in the side putting England to the sword in Twickenham.

Brian O'Driscoll was on OTB AM duties on the Monday after Sexton's winning kick and shared his disbelief having witnessed the moment of magic:

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Irish hockey's 2018 World Cup runners-up secured hero status with their surprise run to the tournament's final.

moment of the decade 4 August 2018; Ireland players celebrate victory after a sudden death penalty shootout during the Women's Hockey World Cup Finals semi-final match between Ireland and Spain at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in QE Olympic Park, London, England. Photo by Craig Mercer/Sportsfile

The nation stopped to watch their penalty-shootout win against Spain.

Ultimately, Ireland were outclassed in the final by a talented Dutch side.

4 August 2018; The Ireland team sing the National Anthem prior to the Women's Hockey World Cup Finals semi-final match between Ireland and Spain at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in QE Olympic Park, London, England. Photo by Craig Mercer/Sportsfile

The team received a hero's welcome when they returned to Dublin with their silver medals.

Ireland built on that success this year, by qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.

moment of the decade 6 August 2018; Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran who won the award for the tournament's best goalkeeper during their homecoming at Dame Street in Dublin after finishing second in the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The winner of this match-up will face stiff competition against Shane Lowry's Open win in the quarter finals.

The only confirmed paring in the next round is Shane Long's goal against Germany taking on the O'Donovan brother's Olympics performance.


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