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Dublin: 10°C Sunday 18 April 2021


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LAST YEAR THEY served up an epic All-Ireland football semi-final clash but how would Dublin and Kerry fare in tonight’s league opener?

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Welcome along to a cold Croke Park as the 2014 Allianz football league gets set to commence. It’s Dublin against Kerry.

Throw-in at 7pm, both sides already out on the pitch. Kerry afforded All-Ireland champions Dublin a guard of honour as they came out on to the pitch.

Here’s the Dublin team:

Stephen Cluxton; Johnny Cooper, Sean George, Michael Fitzsimons; Eric Lowndes, Cian O’Sullivan, Philip McMahon; Declan O’Mahony, Shane Carthy; Ciaran Kilkenny, Alan Brogan, Ciaran Reddin; Kevin McManamon, Eoghan O’Gara, Cormac Costello.

And here’s the Kerry team:

Brendan Kealy; Paul Murphy, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Brian McGuire, Jack Sherwood; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Jonathan Lyne, Michael Geaney, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, James O’Donoghue, Stephen O’Brien.

We’re getting set for action. Alan Brogan is a notable inclusion in the Dublin side.

Three minutes in and we still await the first score. Cagey stuff so far.

Kerry 0-1 Dublin 0-0: 4 mins – There it is, the first point of the game. Fine score as well from James O’Donoghue, the 2013 Allstar winner.

Kerry 0-2 Dublin 0-0: 6 mins – Kerry’s lead is doubled as Barry John Keane taps over a free after Stephen O’Brien was fouled by Sean George.

Goal for Dublin from Kevin McManamon!

Dublin 1-0 Kerry 0-2: 10 mins – Kevin McManamon maintains his habit of scoring goals against Kerry in Croke Park but this effort is all about the creative work of Cormac Costello. The young attacker races clear and hand passes across to McManamon, who has the simple task of palming the ball to the net.

And nearly a second goal for McManamon when he swivels but Brendan Kealy does well to block his left-foot shot.

Dublin 1-0 Kerry 0-3: 13 mins – Level game now after David Moran knocks over a ’45 for Kerry.

Kerry 0-4 Dublin 1-0: 14 mins – Barry John Keane lofts over a great right-foot shot for Kerry after being picked out in space.

Kerry 0-5 Dublin 1-0: 17 mins – Barry John Keane slots over a free for Kerry.

Kerry 1-5 Dublin 1-0: 17 mins – James O’Donoghue notches a cracking goal for Kerry. He broke clear and struck a really powerful shot to the net.

Great goal chance for Kerry again as they cut apart the Dublin defence but James O’Donoghue fails in his attempt to place the ball into the top corner as it shaves the outside of the post.

Kerry 1-5 Dublin 1-1: 23 mins – The Hill are in full voice as Kevin McManamon knocks over a lovely point off his left for Dublin.

Kerry 1-5 Dublin 1-3: 27 mins – Just the minimum between the teams now with Cormac Costello scoring a free and then Shane Carthy points from play. Better play from Dublin.

Goal for Dublin from Eoghan O’Gara!

Dublin 2-3 Kerry 1-5: 30 mins – Poor kick out by Kerry’s Brendan Kealy and Dublin make them pay. Ciaran Reddin pumps in the ball to O’Gara who escapes from Mark Griffin and slides the ball to the net past Kealy.

Nearly a third Dublin goal but McManamon’s shot is touched onto the post by Kealy.

Plenty goals so far and entertainment for the crowd as we near half-time.

Dublin 2-3 Kerry 1-6: 32 mins – It looked a soft enough free awarded against Dublin’s Sean George but Kerry aren’t complaining as Barry John Keane converts the free.

Dublin are finding holes in this Kerry defence and create another clear goal chance. It’s O’Gara who breaks clear and his shot across the goal goes just past the far post.

Kerry 1-7 Dublin 2-3: 35 mins – Quality foot passing from Kerry sees the ball move from Jack Sherwood to Brian McGuire to Anthony Maher and finally to James O’Donoghue, who slots the point.

Half-Time: Kerry 1-7 Dublin 2-3: And that’s how it stands at half-time with Kerry a point ahead.

We’re back underway for the second-half. 26,487 is the attendance here tonight at Croke Park.

Kerry 1-8 Dublin 2-3: 37 mins – Kerry open brightly with a classy score from James O’Donoghue.

Kerry 1-9 Dublin 2-3: 41 mins – A point for Kerry newcomer Stephen O’Brien as the Kenmare club man splits the posts.

Kerry 1-9 Dublin 2-4: 43 mins – Cormac Costello pops over the free as he is fouled by the Kerry defence.

Red card for Dublin’s Sean George!

Dramatic stuff as Dublin full-back Sean George sees the line, seemingly for an off the ball incident.

Dublin sub – Michael Darragh MacAuley is on for Declan O’Mahony.

How will 14-man Dublin respond now?

Kerry sub – Aidan O’Mahony in for Michael Geaney.

Kerry 1-9 Dublin 2-5: 47 mins – Shane Carthy floats over a free for Dublin to cut the gap to the minimum.

Dublin sub – Jack McCaffrey for Reddin.

Dublin bringing in the cavalry with Macauley and McCaffrey now in action.

Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5: 51 mins – Stephen O’Brien pops over another point for Kerry after Dublin lost possession coming out of defence.

Changes on both sides:

Dublin – Paul Mannion in for Kevin McManamon.

Kerry – Conor Cox replaces Jonathan Lyne.

Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-6: 56 mins – Paul Mannion curls over a free for Dublin after Michael Fitzsimons was fouled.

Dublin sub – Davy Byrne comes in for Eoghan O’Gara.

Kerry sub – David Culhane has been introduced for Jack Sherwood.

Chances spurned at both ends. Dublin’s Shane Carthy sees his shot drop shot while at the other end Peter Crowley kicks wide.

Kerry sub – Donnchadh Walsh comes off to be replaced by Paul Geaney.

Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-7: 63 mins – Draw game as Paul Mannion points a free following a foul on Cormac Costello.

Kevin Nolan comes into the Dublin team for Shane Carthy.

Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10: 65 mins – Dublin hit the front as Jack McCaffrey accelerates clear of the Kerry defence and punches a point. Great cross field ball by Ciaran Kilkenny to pick him out.

Pa Kilkenny is in for Kerry instead of Paul Murphy.

Paul Geaney with an effort to tie the game for Kerry but the ball tails wide.

Alan Fitzgerald is on for Kerry instead of Peter Crowley.

Full-Time: Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10: Dublin hold on for a one-point win against Kerry.

Victory for Dublin then as they recovered from the dismissal of Sean George in the second-half to claim a one-point success. That’s all from us this evening, thanks for joining us.

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Fintan O'Toole