ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION I: KERRY 0-15 DUBLIN 1-10
Bryan Sheahan kicked six points for All-Ireland champions Kerry as they held on to get the win over Dublin in Killarney on Sunday.
It was a game loaded with incidents with Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons getting red in the final minute while fellow Dubs Denis Bastick and Philly McMahon getting black earlier on. Kerry also lacked discipline, with Paul Murphy and Jack Sherwood sent from the field with black cards.
But the Kingdom still clung on for the victory after having trailed 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time. They led 0-14 to 0-8 in the last 15 minutes but Dublin hit back and a tally of 1-2 for half-time substitute Bernard Brogan brought them back to 0-15 to 1-10 at full-time but it wasn’t enough.
In the first-half Dublin hit the ground running and got their first point within seconds of the throw-in courtesy of Ciaran Kilkenny. Michael Geaney replied for Kerry and then Johnny Buckley put them in front but Dublin went on the rampage.
Wing-back Jack McCaffrey began the onslaught and even despite Bastick’s black for dragging Kieran Donaghy to the ground the Dubs reeled off five of the the next six points. Stephen O’Brien stopped the rot for Kerry to leave them trailing 0-6 to 0-4 with ten minutes left in the half but Dean Rock got a free for Dublin.
Sheahan added two points but then Murphy also saw black – he dragged Jonny Cooper to the floor. Dublin led 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time but Kerry had a flying start to the second-half and kicked the first four scores.
They got the first four points before Brogan opened his account to put two between the teams with 42 minutes played. McMahon was shown black when he stopped Buckley in his tracks and then Keane put six between the sides as Kerry led 0-14 to 0-8 with 15 minutes remaining.
But Brogan was finding his range and he kicked a point before he found the net in the 61st minute to set up a grandstand finish. However, Kerry held on with Fitzsimons seeing red for an off the ball incident.
Scorers for Kerry: B Sheahan 0-6 (4f, 1 ‘45'), J Buckley 0-2, S O’Brien 0-2, BJ Keane 0-2, M Geaney 0-1, P Geaney 0-1, D Moran 0-1
Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 1-2, J McCaffrey 0-2, D Rock 0-1 (1f), C Kilkenny 0-1, K McManamon 0-1, T Brady 0-1, S Carthy 0-1, E O’Gara 0-1
KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; A Maher, D Moran; M Geaney, B Sheehan, J Buckley; S O’Brien, K Donaghy, P Geaney. Subs: K Young for Murphy (35 mins, black card), BJ Keane for M Geaney (half-time), T Walsh for P Geaney (59), S Enright for Kilkenny (61), A Fitzgerald for Sheahan (64), P O’Connor for S O’Brien (69), P Crowley for Sherwood (69, black card).
DUBLIN: S Currie; M Fitzsimmons, R O’Carroll, D Daly; J Cooper, P McMahon, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, S Carthy; T Brady, D Rock, C Kilkenny; K McManamon, E O’Gara, C Costello. Subs: C O’Sullivan for Bastick (15 mins, black card), B Brogan for Costello (half-time), P Andrews for Rock (46), N Devereux for McMahon (54, black card), B Fenton for Brady (57), E Lowndes for Cooper (64)
Referee: Eddie Kinsella
Report: Daragh Small