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Kerry And Mayo Have To Do It Again After Croker Classic

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After the pair drew another All-Ireland semi-final, there was something that had to be said…


Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.