All Ireland Memories: Dublin v Kerry 2007 Semi Final

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In 2007 Dublin were a team on the rise, but faced in form Kerry in another of our All Ireland Memories

Dublin 0-16
Kerry 1-15

It was Kerry’s day in the next in our series of All Ireland Memories. But it was an enthralling Football Championship Semi Final from start to finish. The Munster champions needed all their experience and craft to get over the line. With 20 minutes to go they were six points clear and looked very much in the driving seat.

Dublin drove at Kerry for the remainder of the game, getting within a solitary score. But the vital score to draw level never came. And many believe that could have changed the game completely.

Kerry got off to a 0-03 to 0-00 lead But then failed to score for 23 minutes. During that time Dublin took charge. By the half hour mark they lead by 0-06 to -0-4, and just kept that lead at the break by 0-08 to 0-07.

The goal changed the game for the Kingdom

With five minutes of normal time on the clock, Dublin had quietened Kerry and clawed back within a point. it could have been even worse for Kerry had Ray Cosgrove not seen his goal attempt go wide. Kerry turned it up again and pulled three clear. Dublin responded once more and again pulled back to within a point. But a 73rd minute Kerry score sealed the tie for the Munster Champions

Kerry:

D Murphy; M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan, P Reidy; T Ó Sé (0-01), A O’Mahony, K Young; D Ó Sé, S Scanlon; Declan O Sullivan (1-03), E Brosnan (0-02), P Galvin (0-02); C Cooper (0-03, 1f), K Donaghy, B Sheehan (0-03, 1f).

Kerry Subs:

T Griffin for D Ó Sé (21), D ÓSé for Griffin (58), S O’Sullivan (0-01) for Galvin (62), Darren O Sullivan for Brosnan (65).

Dublin:

S Cluxton; D Henry, R McConnell, P Griffin; P Casey, B Cullen (0-02), B Cahill (0-01); C Whelan, S Ryan; C Moran, A Brogan (0-03), B Brogan (0-01); J Sherlock, C Keaney (0-04, 0-02f), M Vaughan (0-05, 0-04f).

Dublin Subs:

R Cosgrove for Sherlock (41 mins), D Magee for B Brogan (54), T Quinn for Vaughan (69).