Jim Gavin’s Dublin footballers resumed their dominance in the National Football League, comfortably beating Kerry 2-17 to 0-11 in front of over 24,000 in Croke Park on Sunday.
This was an emphatic success for the Dubs, their fifth on the bounce in this league campaign and puts them on the cusp of a league final meeting with Galway on Sunday 1 April.
In front 1-8 to 0-8 at the break, Dublin outscored Kerry 1-9 to 0-3 in the second half to kill off this contest.
Kerry could only muster 0-3 in the second half as their radar was off in front of goal and a Dublin rearguard spearheaded by the outstanding Jonny Cooper offered no easy routes for the Kingdom forwards.
Dublin’s breakthrough for their first goal came in the 20th minute. Niall Scully got the vital touch to flick the ball home after Shane Carthy’s shot looped up into the air.
The second goal arrived courtesy of Ciaran Kilkenny in the 42nd minute, a scrambled finish after good approach work from Paddy Small and Colm Basquel.
Scorers for Dublin:
Ciaran Kilkenny 1-03, Niall Scully 1-01, Dean Rock 0-04 (3f), Paddy Andrews 0-03, Colm Basquel 0-02, Jonny Cooper, Cormac Costello, Philly McMahon, Paddy Small 0-01 each.
Scorers for Kerry:
David Clifford 0-4 (2f), Kevin McCarthy, Micheál Burns 0-02 each, Sean O’Shea, Paul Geaney, Michael Geaney 0-01 each.
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