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Mayo and Kerry meet in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final at Croke Park.

Gavin Cummiskey Sun, Aug 24
 
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  • 14:34
    "The bottom line of winning a senior All-Ireland has become merciless and that brutal world Mayo inhibit," wrote Christy O'Connor in today's match programme.
  • 14:35
    "Yet they're still searching, always coming back for more. And as Donal Vaughan and his team-mates believe, they won't stop trying until they do win an All-Ireland. And if they don't win one, this group still won't stop trying until they can't try anymore."
  • 14:36
    The problem is, as it always has been, is Kerry.
  • 14:36
    Gavin Cummiskey here in Croke Park for the afternoon, evening and night.
  • 14:37
    Kerry currently leading Mayo in the minor semi-final - 1-9 to 1-7.
  • 14:38
    Plenty of Mayo folk around the lower decks already. They got here somehow... http://www.irishtimes.com/b...
  • 14:38
    Kerry people tend to make a weekend of it. Come up the night before.
  • 14:39
    The big issue, pre-game, is Declan O'Sullivan.
  • 14:40
    And whether we will see the Dromid Pearses man at all today. The hamstring is an unforgiving strain.
  • 14:42
    The whispers have him primed for the last 20 minutes but Mayo intend to have this contest sorted by then.
  • 14:43
    But it's hard to know which Mayo will show. Some think last year's decimation of Donegal was their peak, others feel they will keep on coming until the job is done.
  • 14:43
    Here's our GAA corr, Seán Moran's, take on it all... http://www.irishtimes.com/s...
  • 14:45
    Kerry have streaked away in the minor - they now lead 1-13 to 1-7. Jack O'Connor - now over the under-18s - is up striding the line.
  • 14:45
    Jack hasn't been below the Hogan since the nightmarish 2011 final endgame.
  • 14:46
    As Christy said of Mayo: Jack is still searching, always coming back for more.
  • 14:50
    Kerry win the minor semi - 1-14 to 2-7. Jack O'Connor is back in September.
  • 14:57
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  • 14:58
    see...Jason Gibbons into midfield and Alan Freeman at full forward instead of Andy Moran.
  • 14:59
    Donal Vaughan at centre back with Tom Cunniffe at corner back. Chris Barrett is dropped.
  • 14:59
    Andy Moran is certain to come in for the last 20 mins. Around the same time Kerry mgr Éamonn Fitzmaurice unloads his array of All Star subs.
  • 15:00
  • 15:00
    Declan O'Sullivan (hamstring), Bryan Sheehan (knee), Kieran Donaghy (old age) and Darran O'Sullivan (who knows?) all benched until further notice.
  • 15:01
  • 15:02
    It's 20 years since Kerry won a minor All-Ireland. Dublin or Donegal in the way. Imagine Dublin v Kerry minor and senior finals?
  • 15:09
    James O'Donoghue last out of the dressing room. Rumours of his shoulder injury may be greatly exaggerated.
  • 15:09
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  • 15:11
    They are all out. Declan O'Sullivan and Bryan Sheehan moving away. Sheehan's left hamstring is heavily strapped.
  • 15:18
  • 15:19
    There's O'Donoghue coming out last for team pic. Kerry need him to be right.
  • 15:21
  • 15:23
    Cillian O''Connor captains Mayo today.
  • 15:23
    Andy Moran benched.
  • 15:28
    Ed Coughlan puts Mayo through a last second warm-up.
  • 15:29
    Round of applause now for Albert Reynolds. 1932-2014.
  • 15:30
    It gets worse for Kerry - Alan Fitzgerald replaces Darran O'Sullivan on the bench.
  • 15:31
    Kerry into the Hill. Keith Higgins strolls up to James O'Donoghue. That's the match up to follow folks...
  • 15:32
    Stephen O'Brien points after 20 seconds. Kerry lead.
  • 15:33
    Aidan O'Mahony is miles out the field on Aidan O'Shea. Kerry man fouls the Mayo man of Kerry parentage.
  • 15:33
    Alan Dillon levels it up.
  • 15:35
    Cillian O'Connor's first free is to the right of the posts. From the hands, he puts it over. Mayo lead. 0-2 to 0-1. 4 mins played.
  • 15:37
    Higgins has O'Donoghue bottled up, no space, no an inch. He still shoots, he still points. 0-2 each.
  • 15:38
    O'Donoghue to Paul Geaney. Wide. But Kerry are shooting from all angles.
  • 15:39
    David Moran, son of Ogie, sweeps the ball over the bar. Kerry lead.
  • 15:40
    Shane Enright has a hold of Cillian O'Connor but it doesn't matter. Mayo's marksman ties it up. That sort of game.
  • 15:42
    Cillian O''Connor rounds the Kerry goalkeeper but Brian Kelly wraps an arm around him, he stumbles, he shoots. Side netting. Chance gone. O'Connor pleads for a penalty. David Coldrick is not impressed.
  • 15:43
    Keeping with the tit for tat nature; Paul Geaney blazes a shot into the empty section of Hill 16.
  • 15:44
    Kerry creep in front. Johnny Buckley score. 0-4 to 0-3 with 12 minutes played. It's cold in Croke Park today. And windy. But mostly just cold.
  • 15:46
  • 15:49
    It's not a dirty game, nor is it clean, with the fouling more out of necessity than malice.
  • 15:50
    Donegal v Dublin will have more edge next week.
  • 15:51
    20 mins and Declan O'Sullivan is in. Stephen O'Brien is out. Now, about that hamstring. Johnny Buckley skewers a free well wide.
  • 15:53
  • 15:54
    Declan O'Sullivan gives away his second ball in quick succession. Odd game.
  • 15:54
  • 15:56
    The Meath watcher in the press box is convinced Michael Geaney's time is up. Error upon error. D Walsh points. Kerry by a point.
  • 15:56
    James O'Donoghue is down.
  • 15:57
    James O'Donoghue is down holding his shoulder. It was a crackign hit by Aidan O'Shea to loosen the ball from the Legion man's hand.
  • 15:57
    He's hurt but regains his feet, moans to the ref and walks on.
  • 16:00
    Donal Vaughan pulls on the ball, wipes out James O'Donoghue, Kerry free. Paul Geaney puts them 0-5 to 0-4 up. Game has slowed.
  • 16:02
    Cillian O'Connor has missed 1-3. He's scored 0-3. Just saying. Michael Geaney coughs up more possession. Gets it back. Scores. Kerry by two. five minutes to half-time.
  • 16:03
    Lee Keegan, off the post, Mayo 0-5 to Kerry's 0-7.
  • 16:04
    That's how you do it. David Moran drives the ball over the bar in traffic. Kerry by 3 now.
  • 16:05
    Coldrick gives Lee Keegan a red card. Good night. He won a free and threw a soft boot at Johnny Buckley. Letter. of. the. law. Well done ref.
  • 16:05
  • 16:06
    Guy typing Mayo tweets can use CAPS.
  • 16:07
    But it is a disaster. An unnecessary disaster. It wasn't a sending off offence. Kerry have a four point lead. It's nearly half-time.
  • 16:07
  • 16:08
    Colm Boyle wide.

    Half-time in Croke Park:
    Kerry 0-9
    Mayo 0-5

    (Lee Keegan red card)
  • 16:08
    Time for some tea.
  • 16:17
    Had a look at sending off again there. Buckley gave Keegan a wee puck in the stomach and he retaliated. Coldrick (the ref) didn't want to show the red but he did anyway. It's a bad call.
  • 16:18
    Brolly, on RTÉ, is critical of Mayo's set-up; in that

    52,495 souls have descended on Jones' Road today.
  • 16:19
    Brolly: Mayo have funneled too many bodies into defence. It has allowed Kerry the room to breath.
  • 16:20
    The Rose of Tralee is out on the pitch. She seems nice. I like her tiara.
  • 16:20
    She's being interviewed by Boyzone.
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  • 16:21
    Ah God Kerry twitter person, no need for that.
  • 16:21
    She's from Mayo.
  • 16:22
    The Rose of Tralee is from Mayo and Kerry are playing Mayo. That's symmetry that is.
  • 16:22
  • 16:23
    I think Joe.ie will find that the referee thought it was a sending off. But thanks for the vine. Wish I knew how to do that.
  • 16:23
  • 16:24
    Rose of Tralee (from Mayo) is gone, replaced by the teams. Second half is away. Tom Parsons replaces Jason Gibbons.
  • 16:25
    James O'Donoghue hammers the first nail in Mayo's coffin. Five point game now. Mayo are down to 14, Lee Keegan red card for kicking.
  • 16:26
    Alan Dillon point.
  • 16:26
    Declan O'Sullivan red card.
  • 16:27
    Looks like I'm interviewing James Horan afterwards (reaction on the team that comes second). He was an angry man after the Cork victory. He'll be demonic after this. Unless....
  • 16:28
    There is hope. Cillian O'Conor free makes it a three point game. Mayo crowd rustle up a few chants, that fade into this grey Dublin day.
  • 16:30
    Kerry 0-11, Mayo 0-8. Another O'Connor free. They need a goal (and a few points). Traditionally, the side with the most scores wins these tussles. Fact.
  • 16:31
    Ok, that's a roar. 52,495 in the big house.
  • 16:33
    It's a two point game thanks to Colm Boyle's point. And Michael Geaney has been pulled with Bryan Sheehan (and heavily strapped knee) arriving to kick some frees.

    It's getting interesting...
  • 16:35
    Oh my. Alan Dillon slices a beauty over the bar. And here comes Andy Moran. One point game. Crowd are warming up this cold day.
  • 16:35
    Another great score. This time by Cillian O'Connor. Outside of the right boot, cuts it between the posts. 0-11 apiece. Where would you rather be?
  • 16:36
    Mayo can crack on now. Kerry are a young team. We need to see Aidan O'Shea step up and dominate.
  • 16:37
    Ok, really, Andy Moran is coming on for Alan Freeman. They love Andy Moran in Ballaghaderreen.
  • 16:38
    James O'Donoghue might have done enough to be footballer of the year. His kick pass to Donnchadh Walsh was sumptuous. Kerry lead. No they don't. Jason Doherty levels it up. 0-12 each.
  • 16:39
    Only joking on O'Donoghue for footballer of the year. The GAA journalists who left Diarmuid Connolly off the All Star list last year should atone by giving him the main prize in 2014. But O'Donoghue has been sensational all summer.
  • 16:40
    Not that it's summer anymore.
  • 16:40
  • 16:40
    O'Donoghue slips Colm Boyle, races through on goal but his shot is over the bar. That could have killed Mayo.
  • 16:41
  • 16:42
    This is some game. Declan O'Sullivan gets the ball, draws a free, slows the pace down. Smart man. Even on one leg.
  • 16:44
    Andy Moran levels it up. 0-13 for the pair of them. 54 mins played. Here comes Keith Higgins...
  • 16:44
    Tom Cunniffe is on O'Donoghue now. Just one man marker. 14 man Mayo are going for broke.
  • 16:46
    Penalty.
  • 16:47
    Seamie O'Shea powered through fed Vaughan but he's knocked over by Peter Crowley.
  • 16:47
    Crowley gets a yellow (the joke beign Keegan walked for a tiny kick). Cillian O'Connor steps up...a county holds it's breath. Pah.
  • 16:48
    Solid. Top left corner. Mayo, in their best groomsmen outfit, take a three point lead with 58 mins played.
  • 16:48
    Kieran Donaghy enters the fray. He's in midfield to win some ball. He does.
  • 16:49
    Composure. Mayo have it, Kerry don't.
  • 16:50
    Cillian O'Connor point. Makes it all seem so simple. Mayo lead by four. Kerry's last stand coming up...
  • 16:50
    There's a rare sight - a James O'Donoghue wide. Nine mins to play.
  • 16:52
    Barry John Keane is in for Buckley. Kerry have rolled all their dice. The manager's work is done.
  • 16:53
    Alan Dillon leaves the battle field to widespread applause. Cillian O'Connor, he of 1-8, makes it a five point game.
  • 16:54
    Peter Crowley fists it over the bar. He had options. Walsh was on the back post. But a point is a point is a point. Point.
  • 16:55
    Hawk eye says Andy Moran pointed so Andy Moran pointed. Mayo by five again. Five mins to go.
  • 16:55
    Donaghy soars, wins a free. Bryan Sheehan should nail it.
  • 16:57
    O'Donoghue goal from Donaghy high fielding. Just like the old times when Gooch lived.
  • 16:57
    Kerry 1-15
    Mayo 1-16

    2 minutes to go. Replay?
  • 16:58
    There belting into each other now. Donaghy is everywhere. But so is Colm Boyle
  • 16:59
    Injury time now.
  • 17:00
    Terrible wide by Tom Cunniffe. Kerry get the ball back.
  • 17:00
    2 mins still to play.
  • 17:00
    Drop it in.
  • 17:01
    Marc Ó Sé in attack. Kieran O'Leary lands a beauty to level it up. Time for a winner.
  • 17:01
    Ah Mayo.
  • 17:02
    James O'Donoghue shoots, WIDE. Off the post.
  • 17:02
    20 seconds
  • 17:02
    Time is up. Kerry free. 58 metres out. Bryan Sheehan. Of course.
  • 17:03
    It's short and Seamus O'Shea catches it. Game over.
  • 17:04
    Replay is next Saturday in Limerick at 5pm (Penn State are playing UCF at Croke Park in American Football).
  • 17:04
    Mayo had it and they gave it away but Kerry's resilience was magnificent to witness. Great to see Kieran Donaghy in championship.
  • 17:05
    To the Gaelic Grounds then.