All-Ireland Minor Football Final – Tipperary 3-9 Dublin 1-14

Slievenamon in full cry as Tipp storm home 

All-Ireland MFC Final: Dublin 1-14 Tipperary 3-09

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TIPPERARY’S minor football campaign this year was a stirring tale long before yesterday’s All-Ireland decider in Croke Park. Washing away 16 years of heartache in the provincial arena and toppling a series of established counties ensured 2011 would be recalled with fond memories, whatever the outcome of the decider. And yesterday David Power’s charges ensured their season concluded in a dream fashion as they claimed an astonishing victory over Dublin in a blaze of late drama.

It was an game where Dublin enjoyed a large level of superiority and deservedly led as the clock ticked down. Their two-point advantage with five minutes remaining was not reflective of the level of control they had exerted but they still looked set to secure silverware. However Tipperary have displayed a fearless streak in their play this season and they remained in contention, undaunted by the deficit they faced. They were rewarded for that bravery and grit with their two half-time subs stepping forward late on to make pivotal contributions. Moyle Rovers player Phillip Quirke provided aerial power when introduced at centre-forward and his point-kicking was also hugely impressive. He raised his third white flag in the 55th minute to cut the gap to one before Clonmel Commercials youngster Colman Kennedy demonstrated his super sub credentials moments later.

An errant pass by Dublin goalkeeper Ross O’Hanlon was seized on by hard-working captain Liam McGrath and when the ball fell to Kennedy, he unleashed a stinging 20-yard drive to the net. It was a sensational strike, given the simple option was to tap over a point and tie the game. But Kennedy was rewarded for taking a daring approach and in a frenetic finale Tipperary’s defence only leaked a point when Ciarán Kilkenny converted a free.

Dublin had their chances to secure a replay, yet the wretched shooting that blighted their second-half display surfaced again in injury-time. Tipperary grimly protected their advantage and referee Padraig Hughes full-time whistle delivered their first title at this grade since 1934. That prompted riotous celebrations on the pitch and vociferous renditions of Slievenamon by the large band of Premier supporters congregated in the upper tier of the Hogan Stand. This was a crown to cherish, achieved courtesy of defeats this season over the Big Three in Munster (Cork, Kerry and Limerick), the Big Two in Leinster (Meath and Dublin), and the Connacht champions Roscommon.

It will take Dublin time to fathom how they lost this game. In the first-half they were excellent, hitting the high notes that had been evident throughout their march to this juncture. John Small and Patrick O’Higgins gave them a physical edge around the middle, wing-back Jack McCaffrey was in stellar form while Ciaran Kilkenny starred as he orchestrated Dublin’s attacking movements. Kilkenny kicked five points in that opening period with his pace and poise proving problematic for the Tipperary rearguard. Paul Mannion also got in on the scoring act while Gavin Ivory bounded clear for a terrific sixth minute goal after great work by McCaffrey.

Dublin led 1-10 to 2-2 at the interval yet there was enough in their own first-half display to sustain Tipperary’s hopes at the break. Liam McGrath showed how the Dublin defence could be prised apart, tearing through for a wonderful individual goal in the second minute and then forcing the foul in the 30th minute that lead to Tipperary being awarded a penalty. Facing into a Hill 16 packed with ardent Dublin fans, Michael Quinlivan kept his cool to tuck the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

In the second-half Tipperary plugged the gaps at the back, benefitted from the impact of substitutes like Quirke and Kennedy, and significantly made a purposeful opening. They shot over the first four points after the restart through Kennedy (2), Quirke and Quinlivan, and that burst of scores brought them back into contention. Dublin resumed control in the middle period of the second-half yet tellingly they could never put Tipperary away and the greatest margin they enjoyed on the scoreboard was three points. Tipperary were always within touching distance and when the chances arose late on, they pounced for a famous triumph.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Kennedy (0-2f), L McGrath (0-1f) 1-2 each, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-7 (0-3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2 (0-1f), J Small, J McCaffrey, E Ó’Conghaile, C Costello 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: P Quirke for J McGrath (half-time), C Kennedy for Ryan (half-time), A McGuire for O’Riordan (43), J Lonergan for Henry (51), J Martin for Maher (55).

Subs for Dublin: D Campbell for Meaney (40), D Byrne for Hannigan (53), N Scully for Fulham (59).

Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)


Power looks to a bright future for the Premier

Tipperary reaction: Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

HE was fresh from steering Tipperary to a rare All-Ireland football triumph but in the midst of the euphoric celebrations in Croke Park yesterday, David Power was already thinking of the future. The Tipperary minor boss believes this victory can be the springboard for the county to enjoy greater days ahead. “We’re after winning a minor All-Ireland and it’s huge,” he said. “It sends home a message that we can back up all the talk. We’re going to enjoy this for the next couple of weeks but the work only begins now. The launchpad is there for us and hopefully after this team winning, the U21s and senior team will take confidence from the achievement. “It’s going to help all the super coaches that are coaching U14, U15, U16 and U17 squads. It’ll give them an extra incentive to do it. “I’m fortunate to lead a great management team and set of players. It’s a whole network. John Evans has been a great help to me. Alan O’Connor my physical coach, my three selectors Pat Murphy, Tadhg Duggan and Fergal McDonnell, and the county football board.”

Power praised the battling qualities of his players who once again persevered until the finish. “At half-time we were up against it again. Something like the Kerry game if not by quite as much. There is great fighting spirit in this team and they never give up. We kept plugging away and our backs were outstanding. Dublin have some great forwards too like Ciaran Kilkenny and Gavin Ivory. We’re after beating a very good team.” Tipperary’s self-belief has been key in pulling them through games this year and Power also revealed that some fathers of the Tipperary players were rewarded for the punt they took on their All-Ireland chances earlier in the year. “A couple of fathers after the Kerry game, I think they got us at 66-1 to win the All-Ireland. It’s brilliant. “I said the three things I always do at half-time before they go out — win the throw-in, get the first score and win the second half. “We didn’t win the throw-in but we got the first score and had no choice but to win the second half. Self-belief got us through.”

The contribution of Tipp’s substitutes was invaluable. Power espoused the virtues of his panel all season and that was reflected in the dazzling scoring of Phillip Quirke and Colman Kennedy. Yet the decision of match-winner Kennedy to attempt that late goal took his manager by surprise. “I’ll be honest I was hoping he’d go for the point. If he’d missed it I would have killed him. But he scored a goal like it against Kerry too. It’s all about the panel of 34. I said we’d need five subs and by God we did.” Meanwhile captain Liam McGrath paid tribute to camaraderie in the Tipp football camp and believed it was key to their success this year. “The panel is unbelievable, there’s a real family atmosphere there. Everyone knows each other and has the craic together. For myself, it’s just incredible to win a football medal. At home in Loughmore, football would mean more to a lot of people than hurling would. There’s some lads there, the old lads in the club, that would be delighted by that. It’s a great feeling.”


Late wonder-goal Tipps scales to break young Dub’s hearts

Tipperary 3-9 Dublin 1-14

By Cliona Foley for the Irish Independent newspaper

TIPPERARY may not have retained hurling’s big gong this season but their minor footballers captured a historic All-Ireland yesterday that will surely accelerate the county’s burgeoning football revolution. The way they snatched it at the death — a 57th-minute wonder-goal from super-sub Colman Kennedy to steal it by a point — only added to the conclusion of their fairytale season. Flying starts to both halves, a gutsy second-half comeback and Kennedy’s fantastic strike left the heavily fancied Baby Dubs in tears. And it was particularly heartbreaking for the quartet of losing dual starters, who also lost the minor hurling final two weeks ago. But a late defensive blunder, and getting hit by a bad dose of the yips in the second half, cost Dessie Farrell’s side heavily and underlined, yet again, the mental frailty that affects inexperienced teenagers when the sporting spotlight searches them out.

For Tipp’s giantkillers, and particularly Kennedy, this was Roy of the Rovers stuff. It was all of 77 years since the county’s last and only minor football victory, but that 1934 title was won in the boardroom. This was the first All-Ireland they won on the field of play and confirmed they are an emerging football force. They had taken out Munster’s ‘big three’ this summer and this had distinct echoes of their 11-point semi-final comeback against Kerry.

That memory was used at half-time by manager David Power when they trailed by five points, 1-10 to 2-2. “Yeah, I said to the lads, ‘this is just like the Kerry game all over again, we just have to come back and fight.’ And we did, we really showed our steel,” grinned Power (28). No sooner had they made history than he declared: “This is just the start. It sends home a message that we can back up all the talk, we’re after winning a minor All-Ireland, that’s huge. It is going to help all the super underage coaches we have, but the work only begins now.”

Power was quick to stress that it was a team effort, both on the field and on the sideline, and the latter certainly made some crucial calls. The underdogs blasted out of the traps, scoring 1-1 within 99 seconds of throw-in, the goal coming from captain Liam McGrath. But they didn’t score again for 18 minutes as Dublin hit them with an unanswered 1-7, goaling themselves after just six minutes when Jack McCaffrey put Gavin Ivory through to finish.

Tipp folk looked like they were going to be haunted by ‘Kilkenny’ for a second final in a row, as Ciaran Kilkenny was totally controlling the game, scoring 0-5 (2f) by half-time despite some tight marking from John Meagher. Dublin were also on top in midfield and their pressure game was swamping Tipp in every sector. But somehow Tipp didn’t panic and their second goal, created and scored by full-forward Michael Quinlivan, was vital. He floated in a perfect line-ball to McGrath, who was taken down by Dublin ‘keeper Ross O’Hanlon for a penalty. Quinlivan faced the wrath of The Hill and slotted it home.

Then Tipp’s management made some vital switches. They started John McGrath (brother of senior hurler Noel), who did well, yet replaced him at half-time with their regular centre-forward Philip Quirke, and also threw Kennedy into the mix. The result was explosive, as within 90 seconds of the restart they had both scored. Kennedy would end with 1-2 (2f), their joint top scorer. Quirke wrestled back midfield and finished with 0-3 from play, two of them long-range boomers.

Tipp scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to a point and had the gap to a minimum three times in the next 25 minutes. Yet Dublin managed to edge ahead each time even though, with the finish-line in sight, they got hit terribly by nerves and shot 10 second-half wides. Then came a two-minute spell that proved particularly costly. Scott Fulham went for a goal when a point would have put them two clear again, and was blocked.

Tipp swept downfield and then Dublin goalkeeper O’Hanlon made a bad pass to Rutherson Real. Kennedy nipped in to rob the ball and shot that wonder-goal from all of 20 yards out. Kilkenny got a free to cut the gap back to one again, but in those dying minutes Dublin kicked two more wides and wasted another ball over the sideline as their composure deserted them. Like any good minor manager, Farrell didn’t single out any individual but blamed their collective loss of composure and exhaustion. “We had a very bad start, and to get that back, and get our heads in front at half-time, we expended an awful lot of energy,” he said. “That meant a lot of weary limbs and tired bodies late in the game and a lot of bad decisions were taken, but I’m immensely proud of the journey these lads have taken. “Tipperary just deserve great credit, they’ve been digging it out all year.”

Scorers — Tipperary: L McGrath (0-1f), C Kennedy (0-2f) 1-2 each, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1. Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-7 (3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2(1f), J Small, J McCaffrey, E O’Conghaile, C Costello 0-1 each.

Tipperary — E Comerford 7; N O’Sullivan 6, J Meagher 7, C O’Sullivan 7; C O’Riordan 6, D Fitzelle 7, S Kennedy 6; S O’Brien 6, I Fahey 6; G Henry 8, J McGrath 8, B Maher 7; L McGrath (Capt) 8, M Quinlivan 9, TJ Ryan 6. Subs: P Quirke 9 for J McGrath (half-time), C Kennedy 9 for Ryan (h-t), A McGuire 7 for O’Riordan (43), J Lonergan 7 for Henry (51), J Martin 6 for Maher (55).

Dublin — R O’Hanlon 6; G Hannigan 6, R McDaid (Capt) 7, R Real 8; E Lowndes 6, J Small 7, J McCaffrey 7; P O’Higgins 8, E O’Conghaile 6; C Costello 6, C Kilkenny 9, G Ivory 7; S Fulham 6, P Mannion 7, C Meaney 7. Subs: D Campbell 8 for Meaney (39), D Byrne 7 for Hannigan (inj, 53), N Scully for Fulham (59).

Ref — P Hughes (Armagh)


Tipperary claim first Minor title since 1934

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final

Dublin 1-14 Tipperary 3-9

Tipperary are All-Ireland Minor champions for the first time since 1934 following a dramatic victory over Dublin in a thrilling final at Croke Park on Sunday. After a brilliant start – they scored 1-1 in the first two minutes – Tipperary trailed until the closing stages of the game when Colman Kennedy smashed home a 57th minute goal that effectively won them the title. Dublin responded well to the concession of that early goal and a purple patch which yielded 1-7 without reply, including a Gavin Ivory wonder strike, left them comfortably ahead, 1-10 to 2-2, at the break.

However, the Dubs probably should have led by more at that stage but for a Michael Quinlivan penalty just before half-time, which gave Tipperary a cause to rally around. And rally they did, kicking the first four points of the second half to cut the gap back to a single point within seven minutes of the restart. Philip Quirke, who was brought on as a sub at half-time, made a massive impact in the second half, scoring three points from play and keeping Tipperary in the game as the clock counted down.

Then, with three minutes left Dublin goalkeeper Ross O’Hanlon unwisely sent a hand pass to full-back Robert McDaid, who was stripped of the ball and substitute Kennedy rifled it into the top corner. Although Ciarán Kilkenny kicked his seventh point of the game in injury time to close the gap to one, Dublin failed to find an equaliser and the victory went to the Premier County, just their second ever in the grade.

As rank outsiders to win a first Minor title in 77 years, Tipperary needed a good start. They got a great one, Bill Maher sending over a point at the end of the first move of the game, before danger man Liam McGrath scored a quite remarkable goal a minute later. McGrath sliced through the entire Dublin defence and finished neatly past O’Hanlon to give his side a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Dublin, clearly the bigger and stronger side, soon got on top after that poor start and two Paul Mannion points did a lot to settle their nerves. After that the powerful Dublin midfield of Emmet Ó Conghaile and Patrick O’Higgins began to dominate and it was one-way traffic for the next 15 minutes.

Just six minutes in, Dublin had scrubbed Tipp’s lead, as Gavin Ivory did his very best to outdo Liam McGrath by scoring an equally stunning goal. Ivory profited from Dublin’s ability to win primary ball, took a pass in his stride and unleashed a superb shot into the top corner. With Ciarán Kilkenny and Cormac Costello shining in attack, Dublin racked up 1-7 without reply in an electrifying 14-minute spell. Tipperary were struggling without any real target in attack and they continually coughed up possession.

However, they might well have come right back into the game when Ian Fahey was presented with a great chance after good work by Maher, but the giant midfielder skewed his shot badly wide. Tipperary had a goal just before the break, though, when Liam McGrath was taken down by Dublin goalkeeper O’Hanlon and referee Pádraig Hughes pointed to the spot. Quinlivan smashed home from the spot. Five down at the break, that gap was cut to one within seven minutes of the second half, as Kennedy and Quirke, half-time subs, mad a huge impact in the Tipperary attack. It was nip and tuck until the closing stages when Kennedy stepped up to inscribe his name in Tipperary folklore with a brilliantly-taken goal.

Dublin Scorers: C Kilkenny 0-7 (0-3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2 (0-1f), C Costello 0-1, E Ó Conghaile 0-1, J McCaffrey 0-1, J Small 0-1.

Tipperary Scorers: L McGrath 1-2, C Kennedy 1-2, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1.

Dublin: R O’Hanlon; G Hannigan, R McDaid, R Real; E Lowndes, J Small, J McCaffrey; P O’Higgins, E Ó Conghaile; C Costello, C Kilkenny, G Ivory; S Fulham, P Mannion, C Meaney. Subs: D Campbell for C Meaney (40), D Byrne for G Hannigan (53), N Scully for S Fulham (60).

Tipperary: E Comerford; N O’Sullivan, J Meagher, C O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan. Subs: P Quirke for J McGrath (HT), C Kennedy for TJ Ryan (HT), A McGuire for C O’Riordan (44), J Lonergan for G Henry (51), J Martin for B Maher (55).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)


Power pays tribute to Tipp’s fighting spirit

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tipperary Minor manager David Power believes that the spirit within his team was the difference come the final whistle as his players overcame a well-fancied Dublin side at Croke Park earlier today to claim a first All-Ireland title for the county in the grade since 1934. Tipp were trailing by a single point coming towards the final stages of the game but a goal from Colman Kennedy with two minutes remaining on the clock was crucial to the outcome.

“I suppose at half-time we were up against it, just like the Kerry game,” said Power. “But there is fighting spirit and steel in this team. They never give up and that showed in the last two minutes when we got that goal. It’s just fantastic just fantastic.” Both sides were guilty of missing chances but the Premier County boss believes a lot of credit must go to his defenders who held out under some fierce pressure throughout the 60 minutes. “Tipp and Dublin missed easy chances and maybe on another day they would have went over but we kept plugging away. The backs were outstanding as they blocked and tackled and this Dublin team has some great forwards. Kilkenny, Ivory, the list goes on.

“I’ve been saying that it’s all about the panel of 34 and I can’t name the 34 or tog out the 34 of the players that are our panel and I said it that we needed five subs and by God did we need the five subs. The players that came on were just brilliant and they worked so hard.” He joked that his heart was in his mouth when Kennedy was preparing to take the shot that won the game. There was only one point between the sides and most would have taken their point but the second half sub made sure of the win with his fine finish. “To be honest I was going to kill him if he missed but Colman Kennedy scored a goal like that against Kerry so I wasn’t that surprised in the end,” he added.

The structure that has been put in place in Tipperary has started to pay dividends and almost half of the panel is able to play again next year, but Power is not looking that far down the road just yet. “Eighteen of this panel of 34 is able to play again next year and I know that doesn’t mean anything but we’re just going to enjoy this because we’ve worked so hard for this.”

 

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Dublin in Sunday’s All Ireland minor final is unchanged from the team which defeated Roscommon in the semi- final at Croke Park on Sunday August 21. The team is:

  1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)
  2. Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris)
  3. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
  4. Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
  5. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
  6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
  7. Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
  8. Stephen O’Brien (Ballina)
  9. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
  10. Greg Henry (Killenaule)
  11. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
  12. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
  13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain
  14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
  15. TJ Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)

 

Match Coverage

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Paths to the final

Dublin

Dublin 4-15 Westmeath 0-8

Dublin 0-10 Longford 0-5

Dublin 2-18 Meath 1-11 (Leinster final)

Dublin 1-11 Cork 1-3 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Dublin 1-11 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-15 Average Against: 0-9

Tipperary

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9

Tipperary 2-12 Kerry 3-8

Tipperary3-11 Cork 1-9 (Munster final)

Tipperary 0-11 Meath 0-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Tipperary 1-11 Roscommon 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-13; Average Against: 0-12

GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Roll of Honour

11 – Kerry (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94)

10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)

10 – DUBLIN (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84)

7 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)

6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)

6 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85)

4 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)

4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)

4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)

3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)

3 – Meath (1957-90-92)

2 – Cavan (1937-38)

2 – Louth (1936-40)

2 – Armagh (1949)

1 – Clare (1929)

1 – Offaly (1964)

1 – TIPPERARY (1934)

1 – Westmeath (1995)

All Ireland Senior Football Final – Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

Dublin end 16 years of hurt as heroic fightback sends capital into ecstasy

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

EMOTION dripping from his voice, Bryan Cullen spoke for the whole of Dublin when he said they had been “to hell and back over the last few years.” But as he stood on the presentation area on the Hogan Stand, clutching the Sam Maguire Cup, he was looking out on a scene which, in the space of 10 whirling minutes, had become blue heaven. Banked all around Croke Park on stand and terrace, thousands of Dublin supporters were inhaling deeply from a sweet-scented air which hadn’t wafted across the capital for all of 16 years, when they last won the All-Ireland football title. Dublin have new heroes, men whose names will be revered for a very long time, thanks to their exploits in an All-Ireland final which appeared all wrapped up in Kerry colours when Colm Cooper casually clipped over a point to put them four clear in the 63rd minute.

Kerry had outscored Dublin by 0-8 to 0-3 in the second half and were cruising at a speed which looked certain to carry them safely to the finish line. Indeed, there was every reason to suspect that Kerry would increase their advantage as Dublin had scored only one point in the previous 22 minutes. Dublin needed a goal to revive them, but where was it to come from?

Enter sub Kevin McManamon, the man who did so much to unpick the Donegal locks in the semi-final. This time, he made an even greater contribution, popping up to take a pass from Alan Brogan and burrowing his way in on the Kerry goal before driving the ball to the net. Kevin Nolan brought the sides level in the 65th minute and three minutes later Bernard Brogan put them ahead. Kieran Donaghy levelled it up in the 70th minute but just when it looked as if the first drawn final since 2000 was about to unfold, McManamon made another crucial intervention, winning a free 38 metres from the Kerry goal. Stephen Cluxton pointed it, crowning Dublin All-Ireland champions for the 23rd time. It was the goalkeeper’s 12th point of the championship campaign, making him Dublin’s fourth-highest scorer.

As the Kerry squad watched in silent misery as Cullen was presented with the cup, their minds were already on rewind as they tried to rationalise why they had been unable to close out the game from such an advantageous position. The answer, partially at least, rests not with them but with a Dublin team whose self-belief never wavered. They had lost only one game (to Cork in the league final) all year and while the odds were stacked against them when Kerry moved four points clear, they never lost faith in their own ability to plot a recovery course. It’s most unusual for any Kerry team to be outscored by 1-3 to 0-1 in the final seven minutes, which is why this success will go down as one of the sweetest in Dublin history.

After all, it’s only two years since they were humiliated by Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final and, even since then, they had to endure some very disappointing defeats, including in last year’s semi-final and this year’s NFL final. Significantly, though, they beat Kerry in the league in both 2010 and 2011, wins which may not have looked all that important at the time but which may have played their part in constructing a mental toughness that stood to them yesterday. The first clear evidence that it was underpinning Dublin’s approach came after Cooper had slipped through the narrowest of gaps to score a goal in the 19th minute. It put Kerry two points clear, a small margin in an overall context, but enough perhaps to raise doubt if Dublin were feeling insecure in any way.

Dublin’s response was so positive that Kerry didn’t score for 15 minutes, a period in which they conceded four points. Indeed, it would have been worse for Kerry except for a fine save from Brendan Kealy to deny Alan Brogan. Also, Jack O’Connor deemed it necessary to begin repair work during that period, sending Paul Galvin in for Kieran O’Leary. It was a signal that Kerry were unhappy with the amount of breaking ball which was being snapped up by Dublin in the middle third, thanks mainly to the alertness and hard work of Paul Flynn, Barry Cahill, Cullen, Michael Darragh Macauley, Ger Brennan and Nolan.

Dublin led by 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time and when Bernard Brogan (free) and Denis Bastick scored points in the opening five minutes of the second half, Kerry were facing a real challenge. Typically, they rose to it and began to impose their will on proceedings in a number of areas. Tomas O Se found room to go forward from the half-back line, Bryan Sheehan handled a lot of ball around midfield, while Darran and Declan O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy and Cooper increased the menace factor. Dublin’s discipline, which had been excellent in the first half, broke down somewhat under the intense pressure, allowing Sheehan and Cooper to punish them from frees.

At 1-10 to 0-9 in the 63rd minute, Kerry must have felt that their 37th title was on its way — indeed it might have been the case against the Dublin team of last year. The crucial difference this time was that Dublin used the experience gained in the interim in a constructive manner. They stayed with the task, even when it looked as if it might be beyond them, and were rewarded with the match-turning break provided by McManamon’s goal. Even then, they still had a lot of work to do, but they went about it calmly and systematically.

Kerry, in contrast, grew edgy in the closing minutes, losing possession on a few occasions before finally committing the foul on McManamon which gave Cluxton the chance to kick the winner. He held his nerve and steered the ball safely between the posts. Kerry won possession from the kick-out but couldn’t move the ball quickly enough to get into the danger area before referee Joe McQuillan blew the final whistle. Not that Kerry could have any complaints. They gave themselves every opportunity to win the game but were hustled into submission by opponents who refused to take no for an answer.

Scorers — Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (4f), K McManamon 1-0, A Brogan, S Cluxton (2f) 0-2 each, D Bastick, K Nolan 0-1.

Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (0-2f), B Sheehan 0-4 (2f, 1 ’45’), K Donaghy 0-2, Declan O’Sullivan, P Galvin 0-1 each.

Dublin — S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: P McMahon for McCarthy (46), K McManamon for Flynn (51), E O’Gara for Cahill (57), E Fennell for Bastick (63).

Kerry — B Kealy; M O Se, T O’Sullivan, K Young; T O Se, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; D Walsh, Darran O’Sullivan; K Donaghy, C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary. Subs: P Galvin for O’Leary (24), BJ Keane for Walsh (51), D Bohan for Brosnan (63).

Ref — J McQuillan (Cavan)

 

Cluxton kick the signal for Dublin party

All-Ireland SFC final: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

IN a most remarkable gesture of sportsmanship, Tomás Ó Sé handed Stephen Cluxton the match-winning ball following yesterday’s final whistle. The Dublin goalkeeper shook his fallen opponent’s hand but subsequently booted the ball away as he made his way to the dressing room away from his team’s wildest of celebrations. If Cluxton was going to be sentimental about a crowning achievement for 10 years’ worth of service to the cause, it was going to be in private. To score the winning point to end 16 years without an All-Ireland title is one thing but as a goalkeeper it created an almost perfect dichotomy with the fate that befell his predecessor Paddy Cullen against Kerry 33 years ago. It was fitting too that nobody in a Dublin jersey yesterday had lost to Kerry in the championship more than the Parnells man (2001, 04, 07, 09).

Two minutes into injury-time and several seconds after Kevin McManamon had been fouled by Barry John Keane to win the free, Cluxton stepped up and took aim. Watching the kick sail over for what was his second point of the day, he briefly acknowledged its success before rushing back to his unattended goal-line. With it, unbridled and joyful delirium washed over the Dublin-dominated Hill 16 as they knew Joe McQuillan’s last blast was to soon follow. And it did, confirming a first defeat for Kerry against Dublin in 34 years.

Jack O’Connor’s men will be left wondering just where it all went wrong for them. Colm Cooper’s third point of the day in the 63rd minute had them four points to the good (1-10 to 0-9) and, with Dublin showing little in the way of retaliation, seemingly almost home and hosed. One point down at the break (0-6 to 1-2), Kerry bossed the majority of the second half with Bryan Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan and Cooper doing the lion’s share of the damage. The quality of their football at such a critical juncture was ominous. Darran O’Sullivan won three frees in a row, only one of which wasn’t converted, as the ghosts of Dublin’s demise against Cork last year threatened to haunt them again. But then came the lifeline. Intercepting a Declan O’Sullivan pass, namesake Cian found Alan Brogan clear on the right with his team-mate McManamon for company.

The substitute made light work of O’Sullivan’s attempt to redeem himself to fire the ball past Brendan Kealy and send Dublin supporters into raptures. In the after-glow and driven on by the massive home presence in the 82,300 capacity crowd, the Dublin forwards then forced Tom O’Sullivan into an errant pass. Diarmuid Connolly quickly found Kevin Nolan and he shot confidently to tie up the game. Now gaining little purchase in the centre, Kerry found themselves trailing when Bernard Brogan received a Michael Darragh Macauley pass to split the posts. A towering Kieran Donaghy point in the final minute levelled matters for the sixth time in the game but the parity was short-lived as the menacing McManamon drew the foul from Keane.

A deserving triumph? There is no such thing in sport just as Kerry discovered there is no sure thing. For the first 40 minutes, they were second best as Dublin hounded them, refusing them the opportunity to impose themselves on the game. Kieran Donaghy’s switch to midfield had taken Dublin by surprise and it wasn’t until the 11th minute that they won their first kick-out. Kerry were winning in midfield but it wasn’t identifiable on the scoreboard in the opening 15 minutes. Two excellent Alan Brogan points in retort to Declan O’Sullivan’s opener was a justified reflection on the flow of play. The discipline of the Dublin defence was superb throughout, even if they couldn’t get a paw on Darran O’Sullivan when he sliced through to set up Cooper for Kerry’s 19th-minute goal. It was a fantastic move, indicative of the excellent championship O’Sullivan had, but most importantly it was a score that wasn’t followed up on.

Rather, Dublin responded four minutes later through a Bernard Brogan free when Aidan O’Mahony upended Barry Cahill. Dublin also had a goal chance in the 25th minute but Kealy was equal to Alan Brogan’s point-blank shot after his brother palmed down a ball to him. Paul Galvin had entered the fray for Kieran O’Leary just seconds later, although his opening minutes weren’t remotely auspicious. After Donaghy had beaten Rory O’Carroll in the air only to have his goal-bound shot blocked by O’Sullivan, Cluxton and Brogan fired over frees after Galvin fouled Paul Flynn and Connolly respectively. He repaired some of the damage with the last score of the half, taking a Cooper pass to point, but was counting his blessings a minute later when Brogan kicked wide after he had been deemed to illegitimately tackle Ger Brennan.

Dublin, who were more than good for their one-point lead, carried on in the second half where hey left off in the first with Brogan punishing Sheehan for holding back Macauley and Bastick kicking successfully following an exchange with Bernard Brogan. That put Dublin 0-8 to 1-2 up but for the next 20 minutes Dublin were outscored 0-1 to 0-8. Aside from Bernard Brogan and McManamon half-chances and the former’s free for handling on the ground by Eoin Brosnan, it was all Kerry. Four of their eight scores came from placed balls, one from Cooper and three from Sheehan, one of them a 45 after Cooper cleverly kicked a ball against Michael Fitzsimons’ feet in the 54th minute.

That put Kerry ahead for the first time in the second half and two more frees followed, courtesy of indiscretions on Darran O’Sullivan. Cooper’s point, the end product of a move instigated by Anthony Maher beating Macauley for a Cluxton kick-out, appeared to spell doom for Dublin. A good thing for them they couldn’t read it.

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (5f); K McManamon 1-0; A Brogan, S Cluxton (2f) 0-2 each; D Bastick, K Nolan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (2f); B Sheehan 0-4 (2f, 1 45); K Donaghy 0-2; Declan O’Sullivan, P Galvin 0-1.

Subs for Dublin: P McMahon for McCarthy (46); K McManamon for Flynn (51); E O’Gara for Cahill (57); E Fennell for Bastick (63).

Subs for Kerry: P Galvin for O’Leary (24); BJ Keane for Walsh (51); D Bohan for Brosnan (63).

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

 

Dublin end 16-year wait for Sam

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

Dublin ended their long wait for an All-Ireland title in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, as goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicked the winning point in added time to ensure Sam Maguire stays in the capital for the first time in 16 years. Pat Gilroy’s side trailed by four points with seven minutes left and looked set for further heartache, but they dug deep and defied the odds to pull off a stirring comeback in the closing stages. Just when it looked like their race was run, second half sub Kevin McManamon scored a brilliant goal seven minutes from the end. When Kevin Nolan followed it up with the equalising point with five minutes left, the momentum had suddenly and dramatically swung in their favour.

Inevitably, Kerry came back, but the Dublin defence stood firm, showed remarkable discipline in the tackle – having given away far too many frees in the 15 minutes before that – and moved the ball down the other end of the field, where Diarmuid Connolly’s industry opened up space for Bernard Brogan to land his sixth point of the game. But there was more drama to come…Kieran Donaghy looked to have sent the game to a replay when he dropped over a monster of a point from play a minute into added time. The script was written, it appeared, and it looked like Kerry would spoil the Dubs’ big day.

We hadn’t reckoned with the resolve and the character that Gilroy’s side now have in abundance. They went for the win, sensing the chance to make heroes of themselves. And how they did. McManamon was still full of running in the tension-filled, dying minutes and he was rewarded for his industry when he was awarded a free just inside the ’45. Cluxton, who has experienced more heartache than most in his 10 seasons in the Sky Blue jersey, stood up and fulfilled a Dublin dream that was 16 years in the making. “We’ve been to hell and back this year,” Dublin captain Bryan Cullen said when he became the first Dublin captain since John O’Leary to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.

This was a taste of heaven, Dublin’s 23rd All-Ireland title and their first win over their great rivals Kerry in the Championship since 1977. For Kerry, there is bitter taste of a second year without an All-Ireland title for the first time since 2003 and further question marks over whether this is the end of the team that has dominated the game for the last decade. Those questions probably do an injustice to Dublin, who can now become a real force after winning an All-Ireland title with a side that is young in years and lacking big game experience. Not that it showed. Gilroy’s players have always had question marks hanging over them since they were destroyed by 17 points by Kerry in the 2009 All-Ireland final. This, though, is a very different team both in character and confidence. When everyone in Croke Park expected them to capitulate in the last 10 minutes, they came back stronger, calling on the spirit that saw them beat Donegal in similarly trying circumstances.

Kerry made their first incision in the Dublin defence inside the second minute. Darran O’Sullivan’s searing pace was key, as the Glenbeigh man created space for Declan O’Sullivan – stationed at full- forward – to fist over the bar. Dublin’s defending was typically intense in the opening 10 minutes, with Nolan making a vital interception in the eighth minute when Donnchadh Walsh was played through on goal. Having soaked up the early pressure, Dublin went in search of scores and it was their most experienced player, Alan Brogan, who came up trumps, sending over two points from play to nudge Dublin into the lead.

However, on 19 minutes Kerry scored the kind of goal they are always capable of. Darran O’Sullivan lit the touchpaper with another jet-heeled run, shifting into top gear and racing through Dublin’s defence before picking out Kerry’s supreme finisher, Cooper, who picked his spot brilliantly, giving Cluxton no chance. Tight to this point, suddenly gaps started opening at either end. Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy had to make a brilliant save to deny Alan Brogan, who had been played in by his brother, Bernard’s clever knock down. Two minutes later, and it was Kerry’s turn to cause havoc in the Dublin defence. Donaghy, who started at wing-forward, switched with Declan O’Sullivan on the edge of the square and was found with a superb, diagonal ball. Donaghy beat Rory O’Carroll to the high ball and turned sharply, but his shot was blocked by a last-gasp Cian O’Sullivan touch.

Paul Galvin had been brought into the Kerry attack for Kieran O’Leary at this stage, but his entrance didn’t seem to have the effect manager Jack O’Connor would have hoped. Indeed, Dublin hit three points in a row to take over. Bernard Brogan struck a brilliant score from play and added a free, while Cluxton also landed a free from nearly 50 yards out. Dublin led by 0-6 to 1-1 when Galvin made his first real impression, sweeping up the loose ball after Bryan Sheehan’s free fell short and popping over the bar to leave one between the sides at half-time.

Denis Bastick had Dublin three points clear within five minutes of the restart, but it was then that the Kingdom began to click, hitting four points in a row to reclaim the lead by the 50th minute. Bernand Brogan briefly arrested the slide with a point from a free, but it was then that Kerry landed another four points without replay in a nine-minute spell, Bryan Sheehan punishing Dublin’s indiscipline with a string of frees, while Colm Cooper dropped over two more points, the second ensuring he finished as top scorer in the 2011 Championship. It was then that Dublin did what was least expected of them, as McManamon’s goal sparked a never-to-be-forgotten comeback that culminated in Cluxton kicking the winning point in added time.

Dublin Scorers: B Brogan 0-6 (0-4f), K McManamon 1-0, S Cluxton 0-2 (0-2f), A Brogan 0-2, D Bastick 0-1, K Nolan 0-1.

Kerry Scorers: Colm Cooper 1-3 (0-2f), B Sheehan 0-4 (0-3f), K Donaghy 0-2, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, P Galvin 0-1.

Dublin: S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarty, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: P McMahon for J McCarthy (46), K McManamon for Paul Flynn (51), E O’Gara for B Cahill (57), E Fennell for D Bastick (63)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; D O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary. Subs: P Galvin for K O’Leary (24), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (44-45), BJ Keane for D Walsh (51), D Bohan for E Brosnan (63)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

Attendance: 82,300

Team News

The Kerry Team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Final on Sunday 18th September is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Killian Young Renard 3. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 4. Tom O’Sullivan, Rathmore

5. Tomas Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 6. Eoin Brosnan Dr Crokes 7. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

8. Anthony Maher Duagh 9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

10. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar 11. Declan O’Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada, 12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks 15. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

Subs: 16. Tomas Mac a’tSaoir, An Ghaeltacht, 17. Daniel Bohan, Austin Stacks, 18. Paul Galvin, Finuge, 19. Shane Enright, Tarbert, 20. James O’Donoghue, Legion, 21. Barry John Keane, Kerins O’Rahillys 22. Padraig Reidy, Scartaglin, 23. Peter Crowley, Laune Rangers 24. Tommy Griffin, Daingean Uí Chúis, 25. Johnny Buckley, Dr Crokes 26. Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmet’s 27. Seamus Scanlon, Currow, 28. Niall O’Mahony, Spa , 29. Daithí Ó Geibheannaigh, Daingean Uí Chúis, 30. Adrian O’Connell, St Michaels/Foilmore 31. Daithí Casey, Dr Crokes.

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Physical Coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Click here for profiles of the Kerry players

Dublin XV v Kerry in the All-Ireland Football final, Sunday, 18 September at 3.30pm:

Stephen Cluxton, Cian O’Sullivan, Rory O’Carroll, Michael Fitzsimons, James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Kevin Nolan, Denis Bastick, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Paul Flynn, Barry Cahill, Bryan Cullen, Alan Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.

Paths to the final

Dublin

Dublin 1-16 Laois 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)

Dublin 2-12 Wexford 1-12 (Leinster final)

Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Dublin 0-8 Donegal 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-14; Average Against: 0-13

Dublin’s Top Scorers

Bernard Brogan…….0-23

Dermot Connolly…..1-10

Alan Brogan………..0-11

Stephen Cluxton……0-10

Paul Flynn…………..1-4

Bryan Cullen………..0-5

Kerry

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-20; Average Against: 1-11

Kerry’s Top Scorers

Colm Cooper………..1-24

Bryan Sheehan……..2-14

Darran O’Sullivan….3-10

Declan O’Sullivan…0-14

Kieran O’Leary…….0-6

Kieran Donaghy……0-6

Last Championship Clash…

Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (2009 All-Ireland Quarter-final)

Dublin were well fancied after winning the Leinster title for the 5th successive year but were overwhelmed by Kerry right from the start. Kerry led by 1-6 to 0- 1 at the end of the first quarter and by 1-14 to 0-3 at half-time.

Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy; Marc Ó Sé, Tommy Griffin, Tom O’Sullivan (0-1); Tomas Ó Sé (0-2), Mike McCarthy, Killian Young; Darragh Ó Sé, Seamus Scanlon (0-1); Donnacha Walsh (0-1), Tommy Walsh , Paul Galvin (0-2); Colm Cooper (1-7), Declan O’Sullivan (0-3), Darran O’Sullivan (0-3).
Subs: Tadhg Kennelly (0-2), for Tommy Walsh; Paul O’Connor (0-2) for Donnacha Walsh; Sean O’Sullivan for Darran O’Sullivan; Aidan O’Mahony for Young; Micheal Quirke for Darragh Ó Sé.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Paddy Andrews, Denis Bastick, David Henry; Paul Griffin, Barry Cahill (0-1), Bryan Cullen; Ross McConnell, Darren Magee; Paul Flynn, Alan Brogan (0-3), Diarmuid Connolly; Conal Keaney (1-0), Bernard Brogan (0-3), Jason Sherlock.
Subs: Ciaran Whelan for Magee; Pat Burke for Sherlock; Cian O’Sullivan for Cullen; Alan Hubbard for Henry; Shane Ryan for Connolly.

Last Competitive Clash….

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15 (Allianz Football League, 26 February 2011), Croke Park.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, S Murray, A Hubbard; D Lally (0-1), J McCarthy, P Casey; D Bastick, B Cahill; P Flynn (0-1), K McManamon (1-1), D Connolly; T Quinn (1-0), B Brogan (0-4), E O’Gara (0-1)
Subs: MD Macauley (1-1) for Bastick; A Brogan (0-1) for Quinn; B Cullen for Connolly; G Brennan for McCarthy; P Andrews for Flynn.

Kerry: B Kealy; P Reidy, M Ó Sé, K Young; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan (1-5); D Moran (0-1), Darran O’Sullivan (0-2), D Walsh (0-1); C Cooper (0-6), K Donaghy, D Geaney.
Subs: K O’Leary for Geaney; J Lyne for T O Se; A Maher for Brosnan, A O’Connell for O’Mahony.

Dublin v Kerry: Championship History

This will be the 26th championship meeting between the counties since they first met in 1892. Kerry have won 17 times to Dublin’s six while there were two draws.

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

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)

Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland Finals

They have met in twelve All-Ireland finals with the score 8-4 in Kerry’s favour.

1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8

1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6

1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8

1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9

1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10

1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11

1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6

1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3

1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3

1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3

1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2

1892: Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3

BEN BROSNAN LEADS SCORING TABLE

Wexford’s Ben Brosnan has a five point lead at the top of the scoring ladder for the 2011 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship but could be caught on All-Ireland final day. Kerry’s Colm Cooper is best placed to overtake the prolific Wexford man as he is only five points behind. Dublin’s top scorer, Bernard Brogan is nine points behind Brosnan. Johnny Doyle (Kildare), who topped the scoring lists last year is in joint second place with Cooper.

Championship 2011 – Top Scorers

Ben Brosnan (Wexford)……..0-32 (32pts)

Colm Cooper (Kerry)…………1-24 (27pts)

John Doyle (Kildare)………..2-21 (27pts)

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)…4-14 (26pts)

Cian Ward (Meath)………….4-12 (24pts)

Ciaran Lyng (Wexford)………1-21 (24pts)

Bernard Brogan (Dublin).…..0-23 (23pts)

Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)……1-19 (22pts)

Donie Shine (Roscommon)…1-19 (22pts)

Daniel Goulding (Cork)…….2-16 (22pts)

GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND SENIOR ROLL OF HONOUR

Between them, Kerry and Dublin have won 58 All-Ireland titles as they lead the way comfortably at the top of the honours’ table. Kerry are seeking their 37th title while Dublin are chasing their 23rd crown. Kerry have won six titles since Dublin were last successful in 1995.

36 – KERRY (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009)

22 – DUBLIN (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4 – Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)