Dublin are All-Ireland winners to get a fifth time in a row, following a hard-fought 1-18 into 0-15 victory over a Kerry outfit.
Nobody could level an accusation that they had an easy ride en route to sealing the unprecedented’five’, as a emerging Kerry outfit pushed them all the way.
The Dubs got off to an ideal start. Racing into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead, they had the momentum in the early phases. Con O’Callaghan and Paul Mannion, that had been kept quiet from the match, were doing real harm, while Ciar??n Kilkenny also chipped in with a trio of his own, notching five points between those before the break.
The Kingdom believed there has been a weakness to be exploited from the Dubs’ fullback line, sending in three balls. They came away with nothing, and so were made to change tactic.
Eventuallythe Munster side obtained a foothold in the tie. David Clifford, that was picked up by Michael Fitzsimons, sending the ball across the bar with accuracy and was finding distance.
Paul Geaney was having a massive impact. Really, Se??n O’Shea, Geaney and Clifford had all bagged three points each.
When Conor Lane eventually called a halt after a first stage that is magnificent, they were flat at 0-10 apiece, and it was Kerry who had been the more joyful given they had twice trailed by four factors.
As it was confirmed that Diarmuid Connolly was replacing Jack McCaffrey, a feeling was it was a blow for the Sky Blues. But mere moments after the statement, the Dublin buffs were shipped into raptures. Eoin Murchan picked up possession off the throw-in, left a run through the heart of the Kerry defence, and smashed it.
Seconds later, Paul Mannion followed it up along with the Dubs led by four once again.
When it was needed, a response was mustered by Kerry. Points from Geaney Clifford and O’Shea reeled in the favourites, along with Peter Keane’s charges sent a loud message – they were not likely to roll .
Since the game went on the sides moved point-for-point, and the benches were drained.
In the 62nd minute, a James McCarthy score gave the Dubs a five-point guide for the very first time.
With the game in the melting pot, scores started to allude the Kingdom, since they amassed seven wides.
Two things out of Dean Rock place Dublin since they secured a victory.
Regardless of the defeat, there are reasons for controversy around Kerry football – that team pushed on one of the best teams all the way, and more populous could be contested by those 2 sides .
However, for the time being, it’s Dublin’s day, it’s the season of Dublin, and for the first time , the Sam Maguire Cup is booking into a county to get a successive winter.
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Attendance: 82,300 (approx)
Scorers for Dublin: Paul Mannion 0-5, Ciar??n Kilkenny 0-4, Con O’Callaghan 0-3, Eoin Murchan 1-0, Dean Rock 0-3 (0-1 45), James McCarthy 0-1, David Byrne 0-1, Niall Scully 0-1.
Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-5 (0-1 free), Se??n O’Shea 0-5 (0-3 frees), Paul Geaney 0-4, Adrian Spillane 0-1.
1. Stephen Cluxton
2. David Byrne
3. Michael Fitzsimons
4. Jonny Cooper
5. Jack McCaffrey
6. James McCarthy
7. John Small
8. Brian Fenton
24. Eoin Murchan
10. Niall Scully
11. Ciaran Kilkenny
12. Brian Howard
13. Paul Mannion
14. Con O’Callaghan
15. Dean Rock
Diarmuid Connolly for Jack McCaffrey (half-time)
Philly McMahon to get Eoin Murchan (56th minute)
Cormac Costello for Niall Scully (58th minute)
Cian O’Sullivan for David Byrne (68th minute)
Kevin McManamon for Paul Mannion (68th minute)
Michael Darragh Macauley to get Brian Howard (74th minute)
1. Shane Ryan
2. Jason Foley
3. Tadhg Morley
4. Tom O’Sullivan
5. Paul Murphy
6. Gavin Crowley
7. Brian ?? Beaglaoich
8. David Moran
9. Jack Barry
23. Diarmuid O’Connor
11. Sean O’Shea
12. Stephen O’Brien
13. David Clifford
14. Paul Geaney
15. Adrian Spillane
Gavin White for Adrian Spillane (51st minute)
Jack Sherwood for Brian ?? Beaglaoich (51st minute)
Tommy Walsh to get Diarmuid O’Connor (56th minute)
Killian Spillane for Paul Murphy (60th minute)
James O’Donoghue for Jack Barry (65th minute)
Dara Moynihan for Gavin Crowley (72nd minute)
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