All-Ireland Football Finals

All the latest as Donegal and Kerry come head-to-head in both the minor and senior finals

John O'Sullivan Sun, Sep 21
 
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    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times GAA live blog on a beautiful sunny, Sunday afternoon. Conditions are ideal at Croke Park. Shortly we’re going to catch with the Minor Final between Kerry and Donegal, the same two counties that will square off to see who’ll be taking home the Sam Maguire.

    Kerry’s Eamon Fitzmaurice and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness announced the following sides during the week.

    KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Killian Young; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue.

    DONEGAL:  Paul Durcan; Éamonn McGee, Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath; Anthony Tompson, Kael Lacey, Frank McGlynn; Neil Gallagher, Odhrán Mac Niallais; Christy Toye, Leo McLoone, Ryan McHugh; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Colm Anthony McFadden.

    The two counties have never met before in an All Ireland Final and indeed only once previously in the Championship (2012), a quarter-final in which the Ulster county prevailed by 1-12 to 1-10.

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    By the way an update on the Minor final to which we'll turn shortly is that Kerry lead Donegal by 0-4 to 0-3.
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    While people watch today's events at Croke Park, some are lucky enough to be present.
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    Some supporters are very far away but equally committed to the cause.
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    You had men wearing jeans for an Armagh club football match but we prefer the old men in caps.
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    20 mins Minor Final: Kerry 0-6 Donegal 0-5
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    Irish Times photographer Eric Luke dug this picture out from the archives.
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    Blue skies over Croker for the Minor match.
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    Love this picture. Sums up GAA matches. Get there early. Have the sandwiches on hand along with a sup, the programme out for a leisurely read and the radio on.
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    Same people go to a great deal of effort to get their point across on match day.
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    26 mins Minor final: Kerry 0-8 Donegal 0-6
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    We'll be following the Minor Final, blow for blow, in the second half.
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    Into added time in the first half of Minor Final: Kerry 0-8 Donegal 0-6
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    Half-time Minor Final: Kerry 0-8 Donegal 0-6
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    Cheeky picture
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    The crowds are making their way to their seats at Croke Park
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    Supporters can be found in the strangest places
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    Tradition, the Kerry Seniors come out to soak up the atmosphere and catch a little bit of the Minor match.
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    Right time to go in the second half of the Minor match
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    Kerry 0-8 Donegal 0-6
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    Kerry sub Jordan Kiely draws a foul.
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    Killian Spillane hits a post.
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    Anyone with a ticket?
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    Kiely with a neat turn and finish. Kerry 0-9 Donegal 0-6
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    Lorcan Connor through on goal for Donegal but fumbled the ball under pressure from Matthew Flaherty. Barry O'Sullivan underlines the nature of the miss when he posts a fine point down the other end of the pitch for Kerry.

    Kerry 0-10 Donegal 0-6

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    That's a poor wide from Donegal following Lorcan Connor's pointed free. Kerry 0-10 Donegal 0-7
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    Kiely fouled again. He's rpoved a real handful since coming on at half-time.

    Yellow card for Stephen McMenamin.

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    Killian Spillane lands the free. Kerry 0-11 Donegal 0-7
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    McMenamin fouls Kiely for the second time in a minute.
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    40 minutes gone.
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    Kerry: Robert Wharton for Brian Sugrue
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    Kerry manager Jack O'Connor animated on the sideline after a poor miss.
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    It's an end to end contest but the quality is sporadic.
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    John Campbell with a neat finish for a point. Kerry 0-11 Donegal 0-8
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    Donegal's Jamie Brennan hits a post after a fine run. Down the other end Liam Carey tags on a point for the Kingdom, a fine solo effort.

    Kerry 0-12 Donegal 0-8

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    The atmosphere is picking up. The crowd becoming more of a factor as the game slews from one end of the pitch to the other. More missed opportunities than chances taken at the moment.

    Donegal: Gavin McBride for Ethan O'Donnell.

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    There are 48 minutes gone.
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    Liam Carey with a super long range point. Kerry by five points. Kerry 0-13 Donegal 0-8
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    Kerry goalkeeper Shane Ryan lands a point with a placed ball. Kerry 0-14 Donegal 0-8
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    GOAL: Jamie Brennan. Wonderful finish. Game on. Kerry 0-14 Donegal 1-08
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    There are seven minutes left. Kerry 0-14 Donegal 1-09
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    Great save by Kerry goalkeeper Shane Ryan to deny Connor.
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    Free to Donegal. Chance to put the minimum between the teams.  
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    Connor has done just that, Kerry 0-14 Donegal 1-10
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    Hands up who thinks there'll be extra time.
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    Ciaran Diver on for Niall Harley for Donegal
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    Tom O'Sullivan with a fine point, good strike from the left corner back. Kerry 0-15 Donegal 1-10. Diver misses an easy chance down the other end of the ptich. Is that the game's pivotal moment.
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    Kiely point. Fine solo effort. Kerry 0-16 Donegal 1-10
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    Kerry three ahead 30 seconds left
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    Four points from the Kerry subs.
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    Kerry's Micheal Burns voted man of the match.
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    Spillane neat pick-up and superb point. Kerry 0-17 Donegal 1-10
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    It's over. Kerry are the 2014 All Ireland Minor Football champions and deservedly so.

    Full-time: Kerry 0-17 Donegal 1-10

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    It's Kerry's 12th Minor Football title.
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    Donegal showed charcater in the way they came back but a failure to take chances over the 60 minutes proved their undoing.
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    Kerry's Micheal Burns, man of the match: "We have been waiting 20 years for this. We knew that we had the team to win it. Jack (O'Connor) gave us the belief. I can't put it in to words. It's unbelievable".
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    That's All Ireland titles for Jack O'Connor at Senior and Minor
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    Tom Markham Cup going back to the Kingdom. Will Sam Maguire be keeping it company on the trip south.
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    It's very hot pitch-side.
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    Celtic hedging their bets despite the presence of Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager.
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    Animals must dread All Ireland final day.
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    Not sure about the fish finger sandwich though.
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    Not sure that the match programme means anything these days in the GAA. Surprised if Donegal start as listed.
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    Here come Kerry
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    Donegal are out
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    Manchester United fans shouldn't watch Match of the Day tonight. Leicester City 4 Man Utd 3. Utd were 3-1 up.
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    There are 12 players within two shots of the lead at the Welsh Open including Ireland's Shane Lowry who is one back after 10, albeit one over for his round today.
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    John Rogers Please don't sully this fine day with updates from that soap opera called the Premiership!
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    Nearly time to end all the ifs, buts and maybes and get on with the game. A little over 10 minutes to throw-in.
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    Jim McGuinness animated in the Doengal huddle reinforcing a few final points.
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    President Michael D Higgins meeting the teams.
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    Referee: Eddie Kinsella from Laois.
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    Late changes: Darach O'Connor and Rory Kavanagh in for Donegal. Christy Toye and Paddy McBrearty omitted.
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    Like I said earlier no surprise.
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    Parade time.
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    Joe Brolly's voice now sounds like elevator music....my championship is obviously going on too long. He's talking a thousand words to the minute in a single breath.
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    Ciaran Whelan going for Donegal. That's where he's going next year on holiday then.
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    Colm O'Rourke goes for Donegal. Brolly will too.
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    National anthem
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    Show time.
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    Donegal playing into Hill 16
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    Rory Kavanagh in to midfield
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    Kerry turnover possession
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    Donegal give up the ball. Three players slip.

    GOAL: Paul Geaney.

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    Geaney catches high ball on the edge of the square, pirouettes and finishes allowed the ground into the far corner.

    Kerry 1-0 Donegal 0-0

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    Geaney again but he can't keep it in pay. His first goal in the Championship for the UCC Siegerson captain. He's a teacher based in Cork.
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    Johnny Buckley hits the upright, Geaney turns it back to Kieran Donaghy who puts it over the bar.

    Kerry 1-01 Donegal 0-0

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    Donnchadh Walsh high tackle on Leo McLoone. Michael Murphy puts the free over the bar. Kerry 1-01 Donegal 0-1
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    Neil McGee picking up James O'Donoghue
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    Paul Geaney with Kerry's second wide.
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    Donegal are getting a lot tighter in defence.
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    Stephen O'Brien overcarries
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    11 mins: Murphy with a second free. Kerry 1-01 Donegal 0-2
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    Donaghy fouled by Anthony Thompson. Geaney tags on the free. Kerry 1-02 Donegal 0-2
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    That's a good start to the game for the Dingle man.
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    Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan lucky not to conede a goal as he rushes out rashly to contest a high ball. It bounces wide.
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    15 mins: Murphy kicks his third free. Kerry 1-02 Donegal 0-3
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    Didn't think that was a line ball to Donegal.
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    David Moran with a hopeful punt into the Kerry full forward line. Frank McGlynn gets a touch and it's a 45.
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    Murphy and three Kerryman exchanging pleasantries.
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    Moran's effort drops short.
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    Donaghy definitely fouled. Poor refereeing. It's has to be said again. Kinsella's had a poor five minutes.
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    Jeez that's another soft free given to Donegal.
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    Yellow card for Kerry's Stephen O'Brien. Donegal getting every decision. Paul Murphy harshly penalised for a collision with Ryan McHugh. Colm McFadden point from free.

    Kerry 1-02 Donegal 0-4

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    All Donegal's points have come from frees. Referee Kinsella's consistency will be interesting to note over the duration of the contest.  
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    If I was Fitzmaurice I would be unhappy with Kinsella.

    Good run from Darach O'Connor his shot from an acute angle blocked. Should have been a Donegal 45. Officials not covering themselves in glory so far.

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    Geaney point but should have been a goal. Great piece of fielding and he blasts the ball over the bar from six metres. Kerry 1-03 Donegal 0-4
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    McGuinness replaces O'Connor who had that goal chance with Christy Toye.
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    28 mins: Odhran MacNiallais with Donegal's first point from play. Kerry 1-03 Donegal 0-5
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    That's a poor miss from O'Donoghue.
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    Kinsella's lack of consistency in the way he's interpreting the tackle is leaving a lot of players frustrated and the crowd, both sets of supporters, howling in disgust. The game's long on perspiration but short on quality.
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    So far.
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    Having said that a good point from Karl Lacey. Donegal 0-6 Kerry 1-03
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    Another Kerry effort from medium range that drops short.
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    32 minutes. Handpasses: Donegal 101 Kerry 42.
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    Kerry, their lightning start notwithstanding have been mediocre and Donegal probably deserve to be in front. It's not been great fare though.
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    One minute of addtional time.
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    Lacey with a wide.
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    Yellow cards: Anthony Maher (Kerry) and Neil Gallagher (Donegal)
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    Half-time: Donegal 0-6 Kerry 1-03
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    Not sure where you start with that half. The general standard is average to poor. The shooting from both sides leaves a little to be desired. Referee Eddie Kinsella is an erratic presence that's not helping anyone settle. A lot of players shouting at him during the half. Donegal certainly got some soft frees but they probably deserve to be in front on the basis of the football played in the first 35 minutes.
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    Kerry have too many passengers in the forward line. Donaghy no real impact, O'Donoghue well marshalled. Kerry backs too deserve credit for keeping things tight.
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    Agree fully with Joe Brolly. To paraphrase. This game is horrible, almost unwatchable.
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    Colm O'Rourke finds it exhilerating. He's on his own there.
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    Donegal have taken six from eight chances, that's an impressive return.
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    Anyone pining for the Dubs and their brand of football? No............
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    Kerry back out.
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    Gosh just checked free count in first half. Kinsella awarded 10 to Donegal and just ONE to Kerry
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    John Rogers It's a game of defences so far. Not hugely enjoying to watch though the tactics of it is interesting. Here's hoping for a more open second half. One of the teams has to step up now and take control of this match.
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    Michael Geaney on for Stephen O'Brien.
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    Paul Geaney wide
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    Donaghy caused problems from high ball.
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    MacNiallais with a wide. Second half started with the same low grade football.
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    37: Murphy with the point of the match and his fourth, first from play. Superb strike. Donegal 0-7 Kerry 1-03
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    Paul Murphy replies for Kerry with a humdinger. Kerry 1-04 Donegal 0-7
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    John Rogers Good lord, what's wrong with me? The tactics of it ARE interesting.
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    Great effort from Moran but hits post.
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    Donegal continue to get soft frees. Bizarre.
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    Wides: Donegal 6 Kerry 5.
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    The standard of shooting has been poor. Paul Geaney misses again.
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    It's wrong to blame the referee Eddie Kinsella for what we're watching but his officiating certainly hasn't helped the spectacle. Murphy the latest to miss.  
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    McFadden with the latest wide. The winners won't care but whoever loses this match will be haunted by some of the shooting.
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    Michael Geaney with a wide from long range. Paddy McBrearty on for Ryan McHugh
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    Ryan McHugh man of the match against the Dubs. Substiuted today after 46 minutes.
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    Paul Murphy has been very good for Kerry.
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    If this is footballing chess, I'd rank it right up there for excitement with its sibling postal chess.
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    Kerry with 20 passes or more to create a chance and then Walsh slices it wide. Gosh this is dreadful. Barry John Keane on for goalscorer Paul Geaney.
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    John Rogers Hindsight is only mighty but how much did Dublin's poor performance make Donegal look good? How much did Mayo's lack of cop on (Donaghy hasn't been too important today) make Kerry look good? This is a poor match.
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    Right in case any of you have forgotten given we haven't had a score for so long. Kerry 1-04 Donegal 0-7
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    Joe Gramms Bizarre
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    Oops. Keane point free. Kerry 1-05 Donegal 0-7
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    GOAL: Donaghy. Donegal goalkeeper with the misplaced kickout. Donaghy finishes cooly. Kerry 2-05 Donegal 0-7
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    Paddy McBrearty point. Kerry 2-05 Donegal 0-8
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    Paul Durcan will have nightmares about that kickout.
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    Maeve O'Sullivan I'm off to watch paint dry, puke football is alive and well!!
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    McBrearty with a second point in a minute. Kerry 2-05 Donegal 0-9
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    Shane Enright on for Fionn Fitzgerald
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    Neil McGee, three in a row from Donegal. Kerry 2-05 Donegal 0-10
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    Credit to Donegal. They've shown character but Kerry have fallen asleep.
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    Super point from Buckley. Kerry 2-06 Donegal 0-10
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    Declan O'Sullivan for Walsh
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    57 mins: Keane lands his second free. Kerry 2-07 Donegal 0-10
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    Durcan's kickoyts a liability.
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    We're in the final 10 minutes.
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    McBrearty shot drops short
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    Donaghy fists it over the bar. That's 1-02 for 'Star'. Kerry 2-08 Donegal 0-10
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    McBrearty puts another chance wide.
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    Yellow cards: David Walsh (Donegal) Michael Geaney (Kerry)
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    Maher with a self indulgent wide.
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    Dermot Molloy on for Rory Kavanagh
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    Molloy's first touch is a point. Kerry 2-08 Donegal 0-11
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    Toye with his first point of the match. Kerry 2-08 Donegal 0-12
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    Bryan Sheehan about to come on for Kerry; 12 wides for the Kingdom; will they regret that stat at the end?
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    Three and a half minutes left. Kerry trying to run down the clock.
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    Kerry trying to draw Donegal out.
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    O'Donoghue fouled. Handpasses. Kerry 138 Donegal 163.
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    Sheehan's first duty is to kick a 45 metre free. Lovely strike. Kerry 2-09 Donegal 0-12
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    Yellow card: Michael Murphy for a push on Declan O'Sullivan
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    Additional time
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    There'll be two
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    O'Donoghue fouled again. Kerry captain Kieran O'Leary on for Donaghy.
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    50 seconds left
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    Sheehan wide. Last chance saloon for Donegal.
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    Kdane gets a yellow card for kicking the ball away.
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    Frantic scramble in Kerry goalmouth. Hits post. Mad scramble. McBrearty shot saved. McFadden's effort scrambled away. Johnny Buckley black card.
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    Full-time: Kerry 2-09 Donegal 0-12
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    Kerry bridged a five year gap. Donegal lose a final for the first time.
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    That's a 37th All Ireland title for Kerry.
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    It's a Minor/Senior double for the Kingdom
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    Anthony Maher is man of the match.
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    Rose of Tralee on the tannoy
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    Credit to Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Great achivement. Kieran Donaghy: "The sweestest one yet. They're an incredible bunch of young lads. We have an incredible manager in Eamonn Fitzmaurice, who kept faith in us."
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    He has a dig at Joe Brolly.
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    Nice picture there as Jack O'Connor (Minor manager) and Fitzmaurice embrace on the pitch.
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    Fionm Fitzgerald and Kieran O'Leary recive the cup together; captain on the day and team captain. O'Leary to make the speech.
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    It was a poor enough final but Kerry won't care nor should they. The same can't be said of Donegal. That'll hurt because losing a match of that ilk will always inspire thoughts of what might have been.
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    Marc O'Se is a classy individual.
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    Kerry on their lap of honour.
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    Fitzmaurice: "Certainly a lot harder on the sideline. This definitely as sweet as being a player. Paul Geaney is very strong over his head. It's something we have worked on over the last few weeks not to be predicatable. We knew it was going to be very tight. Thankfully we came out on the right side of it."
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    Congratulations to Kerry, comiserations to Donegal and thank you for your input this afternoon. Join us next Friday when we'll be live blogging from the Ryder Cup at Gleaneagles.    
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    It'd be a good night to be in the Kingdom. In a GAA context it's over to the hurlers of Tipperary and Kilkenny.