All-Ireland GAA ESB MFC Q-Final – Kerry v Roscommon

Munster champions Kerry defeated Roscommon by 3-15 to 1-17 after extra time in the ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Q-Final played at Croke Park on Monday.

Hurley blasts Kerry to hard-fought win

Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 1-17 (After extra-time)

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

THREE years after their heartbreaking final reversal in Ennis, Kerry managed to enjoy some minor football cheer against Roscommon in Croke Park yesterday. In a cracking All-Ireland MFC quarter-final that took 80-odd minutes to deliver a conclusion, Kerry showed a clinical nature in finally closing out the game in extra-time. Roscommon stole into the lead in the 74th minute when Ciarán Murtagh pointed and their small band of supporters began to sense another famous coup of the Kingdom was imminent. But Kerry’s focus was unwavering and they rattled off 1-3 in the closing stages. Substitute Kieran Hurley lobbed over from the right wing and moments later the St Pat’s youngster fetched a high ball, swivelled and banging a shot to the net. Roscommon thieved a point back from Darren Clabby but Greg Gibson and Eanna O’Connor added the finishing touches with late points.

Kerry had not been strenuously tested en route to their Munster title but were thrust into genuine combat here. Roscommon asked searching questions and manager John Kennedy believed it was their strength in personnel that got Kerry over the line. “Our real strength is our panel. We sprung a lot of fellas today. Those guys are champing at the bit to get their starting place and they delivered for us.” Hurley’s late scoring salvo clearly stood out for Kerry, but Ian Galvin and Pa Joy notched points at vital stages, and Jamie O’Sullivan returned from injury to pitch in when introduced. The sharing of the scoring load was central to Kerry’s success with Eanna O’Connor, Mark Reen and Niall O’Shea all emerging as the go-to guys in attack. Eleven different players inked their names on the Kerry scoresheet and that went a long way towards booking an All-Ireland semi-final tussle against Armagh on August 23.

Roscommon shipped two points inside the opening two minutes, but after that attuned to the pace of the game and showed no sign of any hangover from last weekend’s Connacht final loss. Kerry led 0-4 to 0-2 after the opening quarter, Eanna O’Connor flighting over three points, yet Roscommon gained a strong foothold in the match from thereon. Cathal Shine switched to centre-forward and along with Daniel Qualter, he sourced plenty of possession for Roscommon. Close to goal they had a gem in Niall Kilroy, whose trickery caused problems for Kerry all day. A Colin Compton point in the 30th minute left them very much in touch at the break, only trailing 0-6 to 0-5.

Kerry got a flying start to the second half when the Roscommon defence misjudged a long ball and Mark Reen rounded keeper Naos Connaughton and prodded a shot to the net. Another Rathmore forward, Donal O’Sullivan, pointed soon after and they were 1-7 to 0-5 to the good. Roscommon’s recovery operation was marvellous. Six points were strung together in 11 minutes that left them 0-11 to 1-7 ahead. But Kerry rallied and Niall O’Shea smashed through the Rossies defence before being felled in the 51st minute. O’Shea took the resultant penalty himself and his finish was clinical to the bottom corner. That looked like wrapping it up and Shane Carroll’s point from distance in the 59th minute appeared the coup de grace as Kerry led 2-9 to 0-12. But a stunning injury-time goal by Cathal Shine rescued Roscommon and sent the match into extra-time. The additional periods were tight as the teams traded points yet Hurley’s scoring intervention settled the issue.

Scorers: Kerry: N O’Shea (1-0 pen), M Reen, K Hurley 1-1 each, E O’Connor 0-4 (0-2f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, D Kelly, S Carroll, J O’Sullivan, I Galvin, P Joy, G Gibson 0-1 each.

Roscommon: C Shine 1-1, N Kilroy 0-4, D Qualter 0-3 (0-1f), D Clabby, C Murtagh 0-2 each, S Leydon, S Oates, A Feehily (0-1f), C Compton, B Carthy 0-1 each.

KERRY: P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; G Gibson, J Coffey, D Wren; S Carroll, J Sherwood; D Kelly, M Brennan, D O’Sullivan; M Reen, N O’Shea, E O’Connor.

Subs: M Griffin for Wren (35), J O’Sullivan for Kelly (38), I Galvin for Reen (49), K Hurley for O’Connor (54), M Thiemann for O’Sullivan (56), P Joy for Sherwood (60), J Walsh for Brennan (68), Sherwood for Griffin (70), O’Connor for O’Shea (79).

ROSCOMMON: N Connaughton; C Cafferkey, D Butler, P Feeney; N Daly, P Brogan, D Connellan; D Qualter, S McNulty; S Oates, S Leydon, J Carty; C Compton, C Shine, N Kilroy.

Subs: B Carthy for Leydon (inj) (11), A Feehily for Compton (44), K Donoghue for Carthy (54), D Clabby for Oates (57), C Murtagh for Feehily (67), M Sweeney for Feeney (70), Oates for Leydon (80).

Referee: Gary McCormack (Dublin)

Team News

The Kerry team for the All ireland ESB Minor Quarter Final V Roscommon is as follows:

1. Paul O’Sullivan, Pól Ó Súilleabháin

2. Matthew Galvin, Maitiú Ó Gealbháin (Ballymac)

3 .Philip Galvin, Pilib Ó Gealbháin (Ballymac)

4. Niall Fitzgerald, Niall MacGearailt (Waterville)

5. Greg Gibson, Gréagóir MacGib (Waterville)

6. James Coffey, Séamus Ó Cofaigh (Beaufort)

7. Danny Wren, Dónal MacBhrain (Tarbert)

8. Shane Carroll, Seán Ó Cearbhaill (Austin Stacks)

9. Michael Brennan, Micheál Ó Braonáin (Churchill)

10. Niall O’Shea (Captain), Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada)

11. Jack Sherwood, Seán Sherwood (Firies)

12. Donal O’Sullivan, Dónal Ó Suilleabháin (Rathmore)

13. Mark Reen (Rathmore) Marc Ó Rinn

14. Damien Kelly, Damien Ó Ceallaigh (St. Michael’s/Foilmore)

15. Éanna O’Connor, Éanna Ó Concubhair (St. Michael’s/Foilmore)


16. Padraic McCarthy (Rathmore) Pádraig MacCárthaigh

17. Padraig O’Connor (Gneeveguilla)

18. Ian Galvin, Ian Ó Gealbháin (Derrynane)

19. Mark Griffin (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Marc Ó Griofa

20. Jamie O’Sullivan (Kilcummin)

21. Max Thiemann (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Max Thiemann

22. Pa Joy Laune Rangers

23. James Walsh Knocknagoshel

24. Kieran Hurley (St Pat’s Blennerville)

All-Ireland GAA ESB MFC Q-Final – Tipperary v Mayo

Connacht champions Mayo defeated Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-8 in the ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Q-Final played on Monday at Tullamore.

Corduff goal sends prolific Mayo on their way


From the Irish Independent newspaper

Tuesday August 04 2009

Mayo marched on with a comprehensive eight-point victory over Tipperary in Tullamore. While Mayo had an early goal chance when Killeen O’Connor shot against the crossbar, Tipp opened the scoring with a pointed free from Billy Hewitt on 10 minutes. Mayo got their first score two minutes later when O’Connor set up Alex Corduff who made no mistake by finding the net to bring the game to life. Ciaran Charlton added a point, with Ray Dempsey’s charges securing their second goal of the game after 21 minutes. Corduff was the provider this time as he passed to Darren Coen who found the net. A Corduff point stretched the lead to seven points before Tipperary rallied with a goal and a point. Eddie Kendrick netted from close range, before a pointed free from Hewitt reduced the deficit to just a goal. Mayo, however, got the last scores of the half with two points from Andrew Farrell to leave the half-time score at 2-4 to 1-2 in favour of the Connacht champions.

Mayo then stretched their lead to seven points early in the second half with points from O’Connor and Jack McDonnell. All Tipperary’s second-half scores came from frees, with two from McMahon still leaving five points between the teams after 42 minutes. Mayo, however, sealed their passage with their third goal five minutes later with Aidan Walsh creating the chance for O’Connor. The eight-point lead was maintained until full-time as both sides swapped four points apiece.

Scorers — Mayo: K O’Connor (0-1f), A Corduff 1-1 each; D Coen 1-0; C Charlton, A Farrell 0-2 each; A Walsh, J McDonnell, D Herbert, B Walsh 0-1 each. Tipperary: E Kendrick 1-0; B Hewitt, (4fs), J McMahon (4fs) 0-4 each.

MAYO — M Slingermann, M Walsh, K Rogers, D Gavin, M McCormack, S McDermott, C Charlton, D Kirby, A Walsh, D Coen, A Farrell, F Durkin, J McDonnell, K O’Connor, A Corduff. Subs: D Herbert for D Coen (40), J Donoghue for J McDonnell (50) K Crowe for M McCormack (55), B Walsh for F Durkin (57) J Carney for A Walsh (58).

TIPPERARY — A Wall, P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn, L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer, A Matassa, E Kendrick, T Hill, B Hewitt, R McGrath, R Peters, J McMahon, S Fagan (L Treacy 27m).
Subs: L Treacy for S Fagan (27), S Power for R Peters (42), M Ivors for T Hill (44), E Kent for A Matassa (53), J Carroll for G Quinn (56).

REF — E Kinsella (Laois)

Sharper Mayo prove too strong

From the Irish Times newspaper

Mayo 3-10, Tipperary 1-8

DESPITE A slow start which saw neither side able to raise a flag for the first 10 minutes Mayo surged to an eight-point win over Tipperary in this All-Ireland quarter-final tie at O’Connor Park, Tullamore yesterday.

Mayo’s sharper attack was to ultimately seal a semi-final place, two first-half goals building the platform for victory and the third, 15 minutes from time, really killing the game as a contest.

Tipperary’s main source of scoring came from frees, Billy Hewitt and Johnny McMahon sharing their eight points between them and their only score from play was a goal by Eddie Kendrick.

That came in the 21st minute just as Mayo were beginning to dominate after the opening score from Alex Durkan who found the net on 10 minutes. Five minutes later Darren Coen added a second goal as Mayo took command to lead 2-4 to 1-2 at the interval.

James McDonnell and Cillian O’Connor added two early points in the second half but the goal that effectively ended Tipperary’s interest in the championship came when Cillian O’Connor turned his marker and fired low into the net.

Mayo finished off the game in style with points from two of their substitutes, Brian Walsh and Darl Herbert, along with a second point from wing back Ciarán Charlton.

Mayo manager Ray Dempsey said after the game: “No disrespect to Tipperary but we have to step up again if we are to qualify for the final.”

MAYO: M Slingermann; M Walsh, K Rogers, D Gavin; M McCormack, S McDermott, C Charlton (0-2); D Kirby, A Walsh (0-1); D Coen (1-0), A Farrell (0-2), F Durkan; J McDonnell (0-1), C O’Connor (1-1), A Corduff (1-1). Subs: D Herbert (0-1) for Coen (40 mins), J Donoghue for McDonnell (50 mins), K Crowe for McCormack, B Walsh. (0-1) for Durkin (58 mins), J Carney for A Walsh.

TIPPERARY: A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G, Mulhair, D O’Dwyer; A Matassa, E Hendrick (1-0); T Hill, B Hewitt (0-4 all frees), R McGrath; R Peters, J McMahon (0-4, all frees), S Fagan. Subs: L Treacy for Fagan (24 mins), S O’Meara for Peters (44 mins), M Ivors for Hill (45 mins), S Powers for Peters (46 mins), E Kent for Matassa (53 mins).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Mayo into minor semi-final

Monday, August 03, 2009 – 10:33 PM

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Mayo 3-11 Tipperary 1-8

A trio of goals proved vital as last year’s beaten ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship finalists Mayo gained a comfortable win over Tipperary in this afternoon’s quarter-final in Tullamore. It was an excellent team display from a Mayo side that had ten players on target. Thanks to goals from Alex Corduff and Darren Coen, the Connacht youngsters led by 2-2 to 0-1 in the 21st minute. The decision of Mayo manager Ray Dempsey to utilise Corduff as a third midfielder certainly reaped dividends, with the Ballina Stephenites clubman immediately making an impact in the role. Corduff cracked home the first of his side’s goals soon after. Fergal Durkin broke the ball down at midfield to Cillian O’Connor who fed Corduff and Aaron Wall was left with no chance in the Tipperary goals. This was the start of a dominant Mayo spell as they showed excellent form in front of the posts despite playing into a stiff wind.

Tipperary’s possession was limited at this stage as Mayo pressed for scores. Corduff was again involved for Mayo’s second goal, linking with McCormack before Coen slotted the ball to the net. Mayo built up a seven-point lead but this was quickly cut to three points as Tipperary enjoyed a purple patch. A 23rd-minute goal from Eddie Kendrick, following a well-timed pass from John McMahon, gave Tipperary a much-needed lift. Billy Hewitt’s second point, a minute later, left a goal between the sides, but Mayo impressed once again before the interval as a brace of Andrew Farrell points ensured a 2-4 to 1-2 interval lead. Jack McDonnell and Cillian O’Connor were impressive for the eventual winners on the restart, with O’Connor netting Mayo’s third goal as they broke 3-6 to 1-4 in front by the 47th minute. Mayo fired on all cylinders and with Tipperary relying heavily on Hewitt and McMahon for scores, the westerners held plenty in reserve to progress.

Scorers –
Mayo: A Corduff, J McDonnell 1-1 each, D Coen 1-0, C Charlton, A Farrell 0-2 each, J McDonnell, A Walsh, D Herbert, S McDermott, B Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J McMahon (0-4f), B Hewitt (0-4f) 0-4 each, E Kendrick 1-0.

Ray Dempsey refuses to get carried away

By Mike Finnerty for the Mayo News newspaper

Monday, 03 August 2009

THE few hundred supporters that paid in to watch yesterday’s All-Ireland Minor FC Quarter-Final were just leaving O’Connor Park when Ray Dempsey was asked for his thoughts.

The Mayo manager is known for his pragmatic approach and after an honest, solid, workmanlike victory, he was sticking to the script. His team will have to improve when they go to Croke Park.

“Today was all about going through to the semi-final,” he told The Mayo News. “The performance at times was very good and, at other times, it wasn’t great. We need to get a bit of consistency, but the lads have played two big games in the space of a week now, a Connacht final and an All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

“But those games should have brought the lads on a lot and they’ll relish the chance now to play Dublin or Down in the semi-final because that’s going to be another step higher.”

Mayo’s three goals were ultimately the scores that underlined the gulf in class between the teams. The first two arrived in the space of nine first half minutes while the killer-blow was applied 13 minutes from time. In between, Mayo did enough to get by.

“We manufactured goals but the most disappointing thing was that we over-elaborated in the first 15 minutes,” replied Ray Dempsey when asked about the pleasing aspects of his team’s performance.

“We didn’t keep it simple and we tried to force the issue, to take on too much. As a result there was no end product out of it.

“This team is a decent team once nobody worries about who is getting credit for playing well,” he added. “We need to work just a little bit more on that. The players have to be accountable a bit for that, they have to keep it simple and keep our game-plan intact.”

There is no doubt though that the graph is rising for this Mayo team. They hit the ground running against Galway, went about their business efficiently against Roscommon in the Connacht Final replay, and this win was another step in the right direction.

“Yeah, the lads are improving,” agreed their manager. “They’re gelling together as a team all the time and that’s what happens with minors, they get to know each other. We’ve a lot of work to do in the next month and it’s time now to see where we’re at.

“We have to improve if we’re to have a chance against Dublin or Down. That performance wouldn’t be good enough to beat either of those teams but, having said that, our lads were coming off the back of two hard games.”

So, next stop Croke Park for the team that Ray Dempsey, Kevin Beirne, Tomás O’Grady and Kevin Beirne have built over the last seven months. The sap is rising.

“The lads set out goals and ambitions at the start of the year and one of them was to get to Croke Park and perform,” said Dempsey. “That’s the opportunity we have now.”

Team News

The Tipperary team to face Mayo in the All-Ireland Minor football quarter- final at Tullamore next Monday shows three changes from the team that lost to Kerry in the Munster final at Pairc Ui Caoimh on July 5 last. Aldo Matassa takes over at midfield in place of Jack Lonergan. Johnny McMahon is promoted to full forward as is newcomer Shane Fagan to left corner forward, leaving Michael Ivors and Liam Treacy on the bench. There are some positional changes also with Billy Hewitt and Ross McGrath moving out to the half forward line while Roger Peters goes from left wing forward to top of the right.

The team is as follows.

1 Aaron Wall Cahir

2 Paddy Dalton Arravale Rovers

3 Jonathan Ryan Ardfinnan

4 Graham Quinn Clonmel Og

5 Luke Murphy Ballylooby/Castlegrace

6 Gerard Mulhair Arravale Rovers Captain

7 Darragh Dwyer Moyle Rovers

8 Aldo Matassa Clonmel Commercials

9 Eddie Kendrick Cahir

10 Thomas Hill Moyle Rovers

11 Billy Hewitt Ardfinnan

12 Ross McGrath Newport

13 Roger Peters Cahir

14 Johnny McMahon Inane Rovers

15 Shane Fagan Ardfinnan

All-Ireland SFC Q-Final – Kerry v Dublin

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

Kerry defeated Dublin by 1-24 to 1-7 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday in Croke Park.

Kingdom put Dubs to the sword

From the web site

Kerry cruised into the All Ireland semi-finals with a clinical 1-24 to 1-7 destruction of Dublin at Croke Park on Monday. It was redemptive day for the Kingdom after a summer of acrimony and unrest in the south west – and the win was all the sweeter coming against their age old rivals, Dublin.

For the Dubs, the same old refrain: an early summer of promise followed by a shattering defeat outside the cosy confines of provincial football. In retrospect, it was all so predictable. Jack O’Connor’s side made a mockery of the underdog status they had been saddled with in the build-up to the game. After losing the Munster final replay to Cork, Kerry stumbled through the Qualifiers and narrowly avoided embarrassing defeats to Longford, Sligo and Antrim. The talk was that they were in disarray and the Dubs were on the rise.

But give Kerry a fitting stage and the wide open spaces of Croke Park and all the magic returns. “We felt that we worked very hard over the last couple of weeks since the Cork game and that somewhere along the line that we would click,” Kerry manager Jack O’Connor said. “There is no better place than here where we have the space to play our natural game. A lot of people dismissed the Qualifiers and the teams we were playing but those teams approach those games like All Ireland finals.

“They put us to the pin of our collar and did us a big favour so we felt somewhere along the line that there was a big game in us and thankfully it was today.” The ‘Gooch’ was back to his best after struggling with his form for much of the year. He finished with 1-7 and caused panic in the Dublin full-back line every time he won the ball. Darragh O Sé destroyed the Dublin midfield with another epic performance in a career that has delivered so many.

It was clear that Kerry were affronted by the bad press and the tales of woe over the past weeks. They played like a team possessed in the opening half and it is hard to believe that any team in the country could have lived with the incredible pace they set. Kerry boss O’Connor played Declan O’Sullivan at full-forward from the start and moved Tommy Walsh out the field, while Darran O’Sullivan was given a free role between the half-forward and full-forward lines. Declan O’Sullivan finished with three points from play, but he was the architect of so much of Kerry’s wonderful attacking play, especially in a glorious first 35 minutes. It was surely the Dromid Pearses man’s finest hour in a Kerry jersey.

Darren O’Sullivan produced his best game at this level for some time, too. He kicked three points from play in the first half alone, but his strong running and link-up play with Declan O’Sullivan and Cooper did so much of the damage to the Dublin defence in the opening minutes. Dublin have made a habit of flying out of the blocks in the Championship this year, but it was Kerry who beat them at their own game this time. They led by 1-2 to 0-0 after just four minutes, and it was hard to see Dublin recovering from such an early gut shot. Their goal came inside a minute. Mike McCarthy, back in the Kerry side after nearly two years in retirement, charged forward from centre-back and found Cooper with a clever hand pass. The ‘Gooch’ slipped the ball under Stephen Cluxton and Kerry had their dream start.

It didn’t end there either. Declan O’Sullivan nipped ahead of his marker, Denis Bastick, to kick the Kingdom into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after just three minutes. Darran O’Sullivan was buzzing at corner forward and he slung over a great shot off his left to add another point. Dublin were drowning in the opening minutes, but they could have been right back in the game when Alan Brogan made a mazy run through the Kerry attack, before unleashing a superb angled shot only for Kerry goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy to tip the ball onto the crossbar and out of danger.

Barry Cahill did his best to make up for the sluggishness in the Dublin attack when he broke from defence and scored his customary buccaneering point. Rather than inspire the Dubs, it just seemed to anger Kerry, who kicked the next eight points to take a 1-10 to 0-1 lead after 27 minutes. Their attack was awesome in that crazy 15-minute spell. In the middle of the madness, Pat Gilroy had brought on Ciaran Whelan in place of Darren Magee at midfield. Although the move had lifted the Dubs temporarily, it was merely a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. Whelan won the first kick out upon his arrival and fed Diarmuid Connolly, but the St Vincent’s man cracked the ball off the crossbar from a tight angle.

But that was a minor diversion in a script that was only going to have one inevitable conclusion. Trailing by 12 points just 27 minutes in, Gilroy brought in Pat Burke and Cian O’Sullivan for Jason Sherlock and Bryan Cullen respectively. The fought back the tide momentarily, with Alan and Bernard Brogan adding points to Cahill’s earlier effort. Kerry hit back with three Cooper frees and Darran O’Sullivan’s third point from play to lead 1-14 to 0-3 at the break. Kerry’s intensity wavered a little after the break, but it was more down to the number of subs they brought on than Dublin’s ability to get under their skin. Bernard Brogan, who was a beacon of hope for Dublin throughout the Championship, was brilliantly tracked by Tom O’Sullivan, who vied with his namesake, Declan for the match bauble. Brogan’s older brother, Alan, was probably the Dubs’ outstanding performer on the day, scoring three points from play in an attack that was completely outplayed.

Paul Flynn, Conal Keaney and Diarmuid Connolly were all anonymous, although Keaney did give his side some hope when he netted a goal in the 57th minute. However, Dublin were still 1-19 to 1-7 down and it was to be their last score of the day. Kerry hit the last five points of the day to complete, with substitute Paul O’Connor grabbing two and Tadhg Kennelly also getting in on the act.

Dublin: S Cluxton; D Henry, D Bastick, P Andrews; P Griffin, B Cullen, B Cahill (0-); R McConnell, D Magee; P Flynn, D Connolly, B Brogan (0-3, 0-2f); A Brogan (0-3), C Keaney (1-0), J Sherlock

Subs: C Whelan for Magee ’15, P Burke for Sherlock ’24, C O’Sullivan for B Cullen ’28, A Hubbard for Henry ’40, S Ryan for Connolly ’62.

Kerry: D Murphy; M O Sé, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan (0-1); T O Sé (0-2), M McCarthy, K Young; D O Sé, S Scanlon (0-1); P Galvin (0-2), Declan O’Sullivan (0-3), D Walsh (0-1); C Cooper (1-7, 0-4f), T Walsh, Darran O’Sullivan (0-3).

Subs: T Kennelly (0-2) for T Walsh ’31, P O’Connor (0-2, -1f) for D Walsh ’49, S O’Sullivan for D O’Sullivan for D O’Sullivan ’60, A O’Mahony for Young ’61,M Quirke for D O’Sé ’61.

Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan)

Cooper cuts loose as Dubs fall apart

Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

IF football matches had titles this one would be labelled ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’. Or maybe 40. Once Colm Cooper found the Dublin net inside the first minute the realisation dawned that our expectations were about to be shattered. It was supposed to be the day that we paid our last respects to a great but aging Kerry side, a day when the Dubs ended a 32-year wait for a win over the Kingdom and took the scalp of a ‘top’ side for the first time since 1995. How wrong can so many people be? Sales of humble pie must have rocketed. Kerry won by the same margin as in that famous All-Ireland final in 1978 but at least they had the consolation of having led before John Egan’s goal kick-started an incredible comeback back then.

If Cooper’s goal was a statement of intent, then so too was his celebration, as were those of Declan and Darran O’Sullivan when they followed that opening score up with a pair of points just minutes later. There was a fire in Kerry that could be felt from the stands. We waited for Dublin’s response, for their trademark run of scores that can generate a noise like no other in Croke Park. Then we waited some more. It never came. They were a beaten docket all over the pitch. For 70 minutes. It took the Leinster champions five minutes just to get a move going, eight to win a free and 36 to actually score a point from a placed ball. They lost the kickout count 20 to six in the first-half.

It was the proverbial dyke and finger syndrome. Pat Gilroy began making changes after just 15 minutes but, as he intimated afterwards, he could have closed his eyes and picked out anyone in a blue jersey. Picking out a man of the match must have been a logistical nightmare. Colm Cooper scored 1-7 – 1-3 of it from play – and he wasn’t within an ass’s roar of claiming the piece of crystal, or whatever it is they give out these days. There simply isn’t the time or the space to run through all the CVs. Just listing them is exhausting. Tom O’Sullivan, Tomás O Sé, Darragh O Sé, Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan and Tadhg Kennelly could all make a strong case. See? Exhausting.

It’s like an Oscar speech. If anyone has been left out, apologies. The one Kerry player not to play well was Tommy Walsh who was replaced by Kennelly four minutes prior to half-time but Jack O’Connor’s decision to start the big youngster on the ‘40’ was, ironically enough, a success. Starting with Walsh at half-forward and Declan O’Sullivan on the edge of the square seemed to throw Dublin’s defensive plans, especially with Darran O’Sullivan being handed a licence to come and go as he pleased. The ease with which Kerry picked off points was frightening and Tommy Walsh, Declan O’Sullivan and Paul O’Connor were all denied seemingly certain goals by either a defender or Stephen Cluxton’s agility. The pity of it all, from a neutral’s point of view, was that it killed the game as a contest. Kerry were seven points ahead after 15 minutes, 14 by half-time and … well … you get the picture. It ended at 17 but could have been worse.

That Dublin were in serious trouble was apparent after six minutes when Alan Brogan opted to go for goal when a point was there for the taking and was denied by a brilliant Diarmuid Murphy save. Spectacular though it all was, Dublin were scoreless at the time and badly in need of a settler and Brogan should be old enough and experienced enough to have known the value of a white flag at that stage. Diarmuid Connolly followed suit 18 minutes in. When his shot pinged back off the crossbar it was obvious that Dublin were in for a long afternoon, a fact emphasised in the 70th minute when Bernard Brogan hit the post. Conal Keaney finally found the net for the Dubs after 57 minutes but Kerry were 16 points to the good at the time and it was a rare high point for a forward line that, Alan Brogan apart, completely misfired. If there was any doubt about this not being Dublin’s day it must have been dispelled when they re-emerged after half-time. On the two giant screens Owen Mulligan was slaloming through their defence in 2005 over and over again. That had to hurt.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper, 1-7 (4f), Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan, 0-3 each, P Galvin, T Kennelly, T O Se, P O’Connor (1f), 0-2 each; T O’Sullivan, D Walsh, S Scanlon, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: A Brogan, B Brogan (2f), 0-3 each; C Keaney, 1-0, B Cahill, 0-1.

Subs for Kerry: T Kennelly for T Walsh (31), P O’Connor for D Walsh (49), S O’Sullivan for Darran O’Sullivan (60), M Quirke for Darragh O Sé (61), A O’Mahony for Young (61).

Subs for Dublin: C Whelan for Magee (15), P Burke for Sherlock (24), C O’Sullivan for Cullen (28), A Hubbard for Henry (40), S Ryan for Connolly (63).

Referee: Pat McEnaney (Monaghan)

Match Preview

It’s one of the most intense rivalries in Gaelic football, having produced some classic contests over the years and the latest instalment promises to maintain the great tradition. Dublin, who won the Leinster title for the fifth successive season earlier this month, are bidding to beat Kerry for the first time in the championship since the 1977 All-Ireland semi-final.

Since then, the counties have clashed eight times, with Kerry winning seven while there was one draw (2001 All-Ireland quarter-final). They last met two years ago when Kerry won an All-Ireland semi-final by two points.

Kerry, the only county to have reached the quarter-finals every year since the new championship system was introduced in 2001, are attempting to extend a great run as they have never been beaten at this stage of the campaign. They drew with Dublin in 2001 but otherwise it has been success all the way against (Dublin 2001(replay), 2004), Galway (2002-2008), Roscommon (2003), Mayo (2005), Armagh (2006), Monaghan (2007).

Dublin reached the quarter-finals in seven of the last eight years with their record reading as follows: Played 10, Won 3, Drew 3, Lost 4. The wins came against Donegal (2002 replay), Westmeath (2006), Derry (2007). They drew with Kerry in 2001, Donegal in 2002 and Tyrone in 2005 and lost to Kerry (2001 (replay) and 2004), Tyrone (2005 (replay) and 2008).

Paths to the quarter-final

Dublin 0-14 Meath 0-12

Dublin 4-26 Westmeath 0-11

Dublin 2-15 Kildare 0-18 (Leinster final)

Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Draw)

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Replay) Munster semi-final

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11 (Qualifier Round 2)

Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10 (Qualifier Round 3)

Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10 (Qualifier Round 4)

Last Championship Clash

Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (2007 All-Ireland semi-final, Croke Park) Kerry kicked three points in the first four minutes before Dublin recovered to lead 4-3 after 20 minutes. They were a point clear (0-8 to 0-7) at half-time but Kerry made a match-winning break just after the break when a Declan O’Sullivan goal was followed by a string of points which put them 1-12 to 0-9 ahead after 49 minutes.

Dublin fought back in great style, out-scoring Dublin by 0-7 to 0-2 in 17 minutes to cut the margin to a point before Declan O’Sullivan landed Kerry’s final point.

Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy; Padraig Reidy, Marc O Se, Tom O’Sullivan; Tomas O Se (0-1), Aidan O’Mahony, Killian Young; Darragh O Se, Seamus Scanlon; Paul Galvin (0-2),, Eoin Brosnan (0-2), Declan O’Sullivan (1-3); Colm Cooper (0-3), Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan (0-3).

Subs: Tommy Griffin for Darragh O Se, Darragh O Se for Griffin, Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) for Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan for Brosnan.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; David Henry, Ross McConnell, Paul Griffin; Paul Casey, Bryan Cullen (0-2), Barry Cahill (0-1); Ciaran Whelan, Shane Ryan; Bernard Brogan (0-1), Jason Sherlock, Colin Moran; Conal Keaney (0-4), Alan Brogan (0-3), Mark Vaughan (0-5).

Subs: Ray Cosgrove for Sherlock, Darren Magee for Bernard Brogan, Tomas Quinn for Vaughan.

Last Competitive Clash

Dublin 1-15 Kerry 1-15 (2009 NFL, Parnell Park, March 29).

Dublin led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time and by 1-10 to 0-7 after five minutes of the second half after Mark Davoren (goal) and Pat Burke (point) extended the lead.

Dublin led by 1-15 to 0-13 after 59 minutes but Kerry staged a great finish with Paul Galvin and Kieran Donaghy scoring points which were separated by a goal from Aidan O’Mahony.

How they fared in All-Ireland quarter-finals


2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)

2002: Dublin 2-8 Donegal 0-14 (draw)

2002: Dublin 1-14 Donegal 0-7 (replay)

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8

2005: Tyrone 1-14 Dublin 1-14 (draw)

2005: Tyrone 2-18 Dublin 1-14 (replay)

2006: Dublin 1-12 Westmeath 0-5

2007: Dublin 0-18 Derry 0-15

2008: Tyrone 3-14 Dublin 1-8

Played 10, Won 3, Drew 3, Lost 4.


2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)

2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12

2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13

2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11

2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16

Played 9, Won 8, Drew 1.


2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8 (All-Ireland final)

1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland final)

1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9 (All-Ireland final)

1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)

1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11 (All-Ireland final)

1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)

1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3 (All-Ireland final)

1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2 (All-Ireland final)

1892 Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

Played 24: Kerry 16, Dublin 6, Draws 2