Kerry and Mayo have to do it all over again after a thrilling draw in Croke Park this Sunday afternoon.
It ended 2-14 apiece after this instant classic at GAA HQ.
The sides will have to do it all over again next Saturday after this memorable encounter – a match that the football championship badly needed after one-sided quarter-finals.
There was talk in the build up that the Kerry full-back line was vulnerable and Mayo took advantage of this – scoring a goal in the fourth minute.
After a mix-up in the Kerry defence, Andy Moran provided a superb finish.
What a hit by Andy — Supergoal.@MayoAdvert #KerryvMayo Mayo starting powerfully.
— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) August 20, 2017
GOAL! Andy Moran fires Mayo in front with a brilliant finish! #Mayo #GAA #Kerry
— The Season Ticket (@_SeasonTicket) August 20, 2017
That's how you finish, take a bow Andy Moran #monMayo
— Michael O'Neill (@mikeycoyb) August 20, 2017
However, Kerry rose a green flag of their own after 12 minutes when Stephen O’Brien finished calmly after being played through by Kieran Donaghy.
GOOOOAL for Kerry! Stephen O Brien the scorer. The game is level! pic.twitter.com/Ge3wC61xW5
— Kerry GAA (@Kerry_Official) August 20, 2017
Awww Kerry with the goal!!! Game on!!!
— Lance Shevlin (@LanceShevlin) August 20, 2017
Stephen O'Brien is a class act!!! #GAA
— Derrick Lynch (@DLynchSport) August 20, 2017
Two goals in the opening 13 minutes at Croke Park. Moran for Mayo & O'Brien for Kerry! Mayo lead by two after 20 minutes. #GAAClips pic.twitter.com/ZDfZko79TD
— eir Sport (@eirSport) August 20, 2017
While Galway created goal chances against the Kingdom in the quarter-final, they couldn’t take those chances. Their Connacht rivals didn’t have the same trouble as Colm Boyle got their second three-pointer before Cillian O’Connor put them 2-4 to 1-4 ahead after 20 minutes.
Colm Boyle with a goal straight from Austin Gleeson's locker. End to end stuff. Mayo 2-4 Kerry 1-4.
— Gordon Manning (@Gordon_Manning) August 20, 2017
That was a lovely worked goal, go on Colm Boyle ?❤️
— Aisling Murray (@AislingFluich) August 20, 2017
With goals flying in, there was also an intriguing sub-plot to this semi-final: Aidan O’Shea playing in the full-back line to mark Donaghy.
Aidan O Shea on Kieran Donaghy is an absolute stroke of genius so far. Fine start for the Westerners. #honmayo
— Liam Aherne (@laherne84) August 20, 2017
So now we know why Aidan O' Shea is in full back..He has Donaghy in his back pocket! #thetoughest #aibgaa #aidanoshea #mayovkerry
— Jenny Mc Govern (@JennyQuillan) August 20, 2017
The RTE commentators seem somewhat obsessed with Aidan O'Shea but fail to mention Donaghy getting away from him on majority of occasions.
— Donnacha Curtin (@Le_Dooner) August 20, 2017
In a fascinating battle at GAA HQ, the sides were level at the break, 2-05 to 1-08.
Kerry opened the second half scoring but then Mayo upped it a gear. The Connacht side scored four points in a row with a fisted point from Tom Parsons after a quick free by Moran but Stephen Rochford’s men 2-9 to 1-9 ahead after 45 minutes.
However, just as it looked like the men from the west were in control, Kerry got their second goal. A run by David Moran split the defence and, after his shot was brilliantly saved by Clarke, Johnny Buckley finished the rebound to level the game again.
Goal for Johnny Buckley as he reacts quickest after a fine save from David Clarke to level things up at Croke Park. #GAAClips pic.twitter.com/6SlIoCAp1B
— eir Sport (@eirSport) August 20, 2017
The sides then shared the next four points, with Andy Moran bringing his personal tally to 1-05 to level the game at 2-11 apiece heading into the final quarter hour in Croker.
Cracking game this is between mayo and Kerry
— Darren Kelly (@D_K_15) August 20, 2017
Best game of Championship 2017. Neither team deserve to lose. #KerryvMayo #HonKerry
— Nell (@Nell496) August 20, 2017
It remained nip and tuck and when substitute Barry John Keane announced his arrival with a point, the game was level again, 2-13 each.
Paul Murphy then edged the Kingdom into the lead with a 69th minute effort to put Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men a single point ahead.
Then, with four out of the five minutes of injury time gone, Mayo levelled it again to secure a thrilling draw, with Paddy Durcan getting the crucial score to force another day out.
Getting way too into #KerryvMayo and I'm feeling guilty that I'm cheating on rugby
— Charlotte McCarthy (@Charlotte_McC19) August 20, 2017
A replay !!!
Fantastic match ???#KerryvMayo pic.twitter.com/biUqPd6z3D
— Carol ??☘️? (@rochagal) August 20, 2017
Mayo do themselves no favours. The greatest playactors in football. Great lads for holding their face when they get tackled! #KerryvMayo
— Cein Collins (@Ceinoo93) August 20, 2017
What a game of football #KerryvMayo
— Conor (@Conorp73) August 20, 2017
Would need to take out a mortgage to follow Mayo #anotherdraw #GAAalwayswins #KerryvMayo
— Talitha Horan (@talsara) August 20, 2017
kerry had many below par performances too Alan.
— mark fitzgerald (@leroy096) August 20, 2017
Honestly supporting Mayo must be like living in a soap opera
— Peter Hatton (@hatton_peter) August 20, 2017
After the pair drew another All-Ireland semi-final, there was something that had to be said…