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Dublin: 18 °C Wednesday 12 August, 2020


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Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-16


Afternoon all and welcome along to today’s big clash at Croke Park. It’s the meeting of reigning champions Dublin and Kerry for the second successive year in the Allianz football league final.

Here’s how Kerry are named to start.


1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)
3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels-Foilmore)
4. Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks)

5. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)
6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
7. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

8. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)
9. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

10. Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)
11. Michael Geaney (Dingle)
12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin)
14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
15. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

And the Dublin side that has been selected.


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrines)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Ciaran Reddin (St Maurs)

10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
11. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
12. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincents)

13. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
14. Paddy Andrews (St Brigids)
15. Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunketts)

Roscommon’s Paddy Neilan is the referee.

Two late Kerry changes, Jack Barry and Jack Savage in for Anthony Maher and Stephen O’Brien.

Game on in Croke Park.

First shot of the game by Dublin’s Paddy Andrews but it drops short into the arms of Brendan Kealy.

3 mins - Dean Rock shot hits the post as Dublin still chase their first point.

Dublin 0-1 Kerry 0-1
4 mins – A pair of brilliant points are traded, Dublin’s multi-winning All-Star forward Paul Flynn and Kerry newcomer Jack Savage both on target.

5 mins – Connolly with a left-foot shot that drops short for Dublin and then Bernard Brogan shoots wide under pressure.

Kerry 0-2 Dublin 0-1
7 mins – Paul Geaney hooks over a left-foot point under pressure for Kerry.

Dublin 0-2 Kerry 0-2
8 mins – All square again, Philly McMahon on target for Dublin.

Dublin 0-3 Kerry 0-2
12 mins – Ronan Shanahan battles hard against Paddy Andrews but ends up fouling the Dublin player. Dean Rock slots over the resultant free.

Plenty of life about Kerry in the early stages and their defence looks solid so far as well.

Dublin 0-3 Kerry 0-3
16 mins – David Moran muscles his way through the Dublin cover and the Kerry midfielder clips over a point from his left. Level once more.

Dublin 0-4 Kerry 0-3
17 mins – Another point by a midfielder but this time it’s Ciaran Reddin who finds the space to pop over a score for Dublin.

Dublin 0-5 Kerry 0-3
19 mins – That’s two between them for the first time today. Ciaran Kilkenny weaves through and flights over a point off his left.

Dublin 0-5 Kerry 0-4
19 mins – Kerry fight back instantly. Jack Savage finds Paul Murphy in loads of space around the 45 yard line and he saunters up to the D before shooting over.

Dublin 0-7 Kerry 0-4
21 mins – Dublin crank up the gears with James McCarthy and Diarmuid Connolly both firing over points.

Goal chance! David Moran gets sight of the net at the Hill 16 end but his powerful drive is beaten away by Stephen Cluxton. Not an easy chance as the Kerins O’Rahilly’s player was under pressure hitting it.

Back to that earlier James McCarthy point for Dublin, Kerry’s Mark Griffin looked to have the time to catch a high delivery but he elected to fist it with the ball breaking kindly into the path of McCarthy.

23 mins – Uncharacteristic miss from a free by Dean Rock for Dublin after Paddy Andrews had been fouled.

Dublin 0-7 Kerry 0-5
25 mins – Donnchadh Walsh cuts the deficit Kerry face with a neat point after Jack Barry and Peter Crowley had done well to engineer the opportunity.

12 points so far between the two teams and 12 different scorers.

Black card for Kerry’s Jonathan Lyne.

Dublin 0-8 Kerry 0-5
25 mins – Lyne hauled down Diarmuid Connolly and pays the price. Rock kicks over the free for Dublin. Three between them again.

Sub: Kerry bring in Gavin Crowley for Lyne after he was shown that black card.

Two chances spurned by Kerry, Kevin McCarthy shoots wide and then after they win the ball from Cluxton’s kickout, Paul Murphy’s point attempt is weak with the ball falling short.

Black card for Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly!

Looks like it was for an off the ball incident involving Kerry’s Gavin Crowley. The Kerry fans on the Cusack Stand side weren’t quiet in showing their displeasure with the foul. The linesman consulted with referee Paddy Neilan and now Dublin have lost Connolly as a result.

Dublin 0-8 Kerry 0-6
30 mins – Paul Geaney knocks over a close-range free for Kerry.

Sub: Niall Scully comes on for Dublin for Connolly.

Dublin 0-8 Kerry 0-7
32 mins – David Moran holds his nerve to bang over a ’45 and Kerry are now only a point adrift.

Dublin 0-9 Kerry 0-8
34 mins – A point to settle Dublin as Reddin notches his second of the game but Kerry counter with a superbly-struck point by Paul Geaney.

Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-8
37 mins – Marvellous from Ciaran Kilkenny, one-two with Brian Fenton and then he kicks over a fine point.

Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-9
37 mins – Fionn Fitzgerald lobs in a deft pass to Jack Barry and he fists over.

Here’s the first-half scorers:

Dublin: Dean Rock (0-2f), Ciarán Kilkenny, Ciaran Reddin 0-2 each, Philip McMahon, James McCarthy, Diarmuid Connolly, Paul Flynn 0-1 each.

Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-3 (0-1f), David Moran 0-2 (0-1 ’45), Paul Murphy, Jack Barry, Donnchadh Walsh, Jack Savage 0-1 each.

53,840 people here in Croke Park.

Second-half back under way here.

Couple of early Kerry wides from the Templenoe duo of Gavin Crowley and Tadhg Morley.

Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-10
38 mins – Patient build up play by Kerry culminates in Kevin McCarthy swinging over the point that ties the teams.

Yellow card for Dublin’s Brian Fenton. That looked a black card offence.

Sub: Dublin bring in Paul Mannion for Paddy Andrews.

43 mins – That’s a poorly hit free from Paul Geaney as the ball drops short after he’d been fouled himself. That was the type of chance he’d expect to convert.

Kerry 0-12 Dublin 0-10
44 mins – Geaney makes amends on this occasion as he taps over a free after Jack Barry was fouled. Then Paul Murphy is fouled and Geaney splits the posts again from a free.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice must be really happy with Kerry’s start to the second-half here.

Yellow card for Dublin’s Philly McMahon for a foul on Geaney.

Kerry 0-13 Dublin 0-10
47 mins – The Dingle sharpshooter taps over another close-range free to stretch Kerry’s advantage.

Subs: Dublin bring in the big guns. Michael Darragh MacAuley and Kevin McManamon in for Ciarán Reddin and Cian O’Sullivan

Kerry 0-14 Dublin 0-10
50 mins – That’s 0-7 now for Paul Geaney. Great effort from play.

Dublin have yet to score in the second half and we’ve played 51 minutes of action. James McCarthy had a chance there but the ball screwed off his boot.

Kerry 0-15 Dublin 0-10
53 mins – And now the gap is out to five! First point of the day for Michael Geaney for Kerry.

Kerry 0-15 Dublin 0-11
53 mins – Dublin needed something to get them going and Paul Mannion supplies it. Great individual point.

Kerry 0-16 Dublin 0-11
54 mins – Michael Geaney responds with a point from the next attack for Kerry.

Kerry 0-16 Dublin 0-12
55 mins – Rapid counter attack from Dublin and Dean Rock steps inside before kicking over an excellent score.

Kerry 0-17 Dublin 0-12
56 mins – Brilliantly judged kick by Donnchadh Walsh and Kerry go ahead by five.

Kerry 0-17 Dublin 0-13
58 mins – This looks likely to be a thrilling finale. Rock splits the pots with a great free for Dublin.

Goal Chance! Morley’s blistering drive is brilliantly saved by Cluxton and the follow up sees Kevin McCarthy denied by Philly McMahon.

David Moran sees his attempt from the ’45 tail wide.

Sub: Darran O’Sullivan is on for Jack Savage for Kerry.

Sub: Dublin bring in David Byrne for Eric Lowndes.

Kerry 0-17 Dublin 1-13
62 mins – Kerry are prised apart and when MacAuley finds Mannion, he cuts inside before rolling a right-foot shot to the net.

Sub: Barry John Keane in for Kerry for Kevin McCarthy.

Kerry 0-18 Dublin 1-13
65 mins – That looked a soft free for Kerry but they capitalise with Paul Geaney pointing.

Philly McMahon unlucky there to be penalised for that challenge on Darran O’Sullivan.

Hawkeye to judge a shot by Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny.

It’s wide. Kerry still ahead by two points.

What a goalmouth scramble! MacAuley and Rock both go close, the ball eventually goes wide. Could have even been a Dublin penalty.

Sub: Bryan Sheehan in for Kerry for Donnchadh Walsh. Dublin replace Paul Flynn with Eoghan O’Gara.

Mannion puts too much on a ball through to O’Gara and it goes out for a Dublin wide in front of Hill 16.

Two minutes of normal time remaining.

Kerry 0-19 Dublin 1-13
69 mins – Super point by David Moran under pressure. Back to a three-point game.

Sub: Anthony Maher in for Kerry for Jack Barry.

We’re into injury-time as Philly McMahon shoots wide for Dublin.

Four minutes of injury time.

Sub: Adrian Spillane in for Kerry for Michael Geaney.

Kerry 0-19 Dublin 1-14
72 mins – Two points in it as Dean Rock scores a free.

Kerry 0-19 Dublin 1-15
73 mins – And now Rock points from play! One in it!

Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-15
74 mins – Sheehan points for Kerry.

Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-16
Mannion points for Dublin.

Fitzsimons is fouled, free in for Dublin! It’s about 50 yards out. This is surely the last act of the game.

Black card for Kerry’s Anthony Maher after that foul.

Dean Rock to hit it.

Hits the post and its all over!

What a dramatic finale, Kerry deny Dublin a league five-in-a-row.

A brilliant victory for Kerry, Dublin so close to forcing extra-time.

And that’s it from us this afternoon, thanks for joining in.

About the author:

Fintan O'Toole