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Mon, 21st September 2015


For the third time in five seasons Dublin are All-Ireland senior football champions following their superb victory over Kerry on Sunday.

Three All-Irelands, five Leinsters, three National Leagues in recent times .... a remarkable haul from a remarkable bunch of players.

In very tricky weather conditions open, one touch, quick release football was always going to be close to impossible.

It was a day when resolute, determined defence was the hard currency and Dublin had it is large quantities as Jim Gavin's men put on an outstanding defensive display.

The impressive Brian Fenton opened Dublin's account inside 17 seconds and Dean Rock added a free soon after.

By the break Dublin were 0-8 to 0-4 clear.

Kerry showed glimpses of their capacity but overall their were outclassed by the brilliance of Jonny Cooper, Rory O'Carroll and Philly McMahaon.

McMahon also got forward to kick one of the points of the opening half while his half-back colleagues, especially Jack McCaffrey, had the Kingdom on the back foot as Dublin concluded the half on the up to lead by four points.

The introduction of Darran O'Sullivan in the second half lifted Kerry hopes as his searing pace began to haul the Kingdom closer.

But it was a day when an intercept, a half-back, winning a 50/50 ball brought supporters off the seats as Dublin proved the had learned the lessons of last year's defeat to Donegal.

Dublin saw the game out with great assurance as Kerry elected to go route one time after time while sub Alan Brogan brought all his experience to the game to kick an important point from play as Dublin ran out deserved winners.

SCORERS - Dublin: P Flynn, B Brogan (0-1f), D Rock (0-2f) 0-2 each, B Fenton, S Cluxton (0-1f), J McCaffrey, P Andrews, P McMahon, A Brogan 0-1 each. Kerry: J O'Donoghue 0-3, D O'Sullivan, P Geaney 0-2 each, J Lyne, B Sheehan (0-1f) each.

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Rory O'Carroll, Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, Cian O'Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, Denis Bastick; Paul Flynn, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciarán Kilkenny; Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan. Subs: Kevin McManamon for D Rock (ht), Michael Darragh Macauley for D Bastick (40), Michael Fitzsimons for J Cooper (49), John Small for J McCaffrey (53), Darren Daly for C O'Sullivan (61), Alan Brogan for B Fenton (67).

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Fionn Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Killian Young; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Colm Cooper, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Darran O'Sullivan for S O'Brien (HT), Bryan Sheehan for J Buckley (44), K Donaghy for P Geaney (50), Paul Galvin for D Moran (57), Paul Murphy for Aidan O'Mahony (BC, 59), Barry John Keane for J O'Donoghue (61).

REF: D Coldrick (Meath).

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