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Peter Crowley Strikes Late To Give Kerry Deserved Win Over Dublin

Kerry 1-18 (21)

Dublin 2-14 (20)

A heavyweight clash ensued in Austin Stack Park, Tralee this evening as Dublin rolled into town to take on Peter Keane’s Kerry side in Round Three of the Allianz Football League.

The big news early on was that Dublin’s forwards’ coach, Jason Sherlock, travelled with the team after reports emerged nationwide yesterday that he had stepped away from the role due to his relationship with Jim Gavin becoming strained.

On the night it was Kerry who started the brighter pointing through Jack Sherwood on two minutes before Dean Rock and Sean O’Shea traded free kicks to leave the sides level at 0-02 apiece after seven minutes.

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Kerry edged in front through Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien but a couple of Rock placed kicks kept the All-Ireland champions within touching difference.

James McCarthy then pointed from play to leave a single point between the sides but Kerry responded in kind less than a minute later with a goal through O’Brien.


However, it took Dublin only two minutes to peg Kerry back with a goal of their own which was scored by Con O’Callaghan.

Kerry reacted brilliantly to the setback, scoring the next four points through O’Shea (two frees), Tom O’Sullivan and a booming point from Dara Moynihan.

With Kerry four in front, the Dubs knew they had to respond which they did five minutes before the break as Paul Mannion rattled the net. Further points were traded between Gavin O’Brien and McCarthy as Kerry went in at half-time two points in front.

Half-time score: Kerry 1-11 Dublin 2-06

Dublin reduced Kerry’s lead to one through midfielder Darren Gavin before a brace of Sean O’Shea frees coupled with scores from Moynihan and substitute, Tommy Walsh put Kerry five points in front.

Dublin hit the next three scores through Rock (x2) and McCarthy as they tried to eat into Kerry’s lead, but Sean O’Shea continued to be deadly accurate for the Kingdom as they held on to their lead.

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Things got worse for Dublin when they lost Mick Fitzsimons to a second yellow card after 63 minutes. However, three Dublin points on the trot from Brian Fenton, Mannion and Cormac Costello left the bare minimum between the sides as the game headed into injury time.

With the game deep into injury-time, Kerry conceded a free-kick which was converted by Costello to leave the sides level for the first time since the seventh minute.

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Just when it looked as though Dublin had snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat up stepped substitute Peter Crowley to kick the winner and give Kerry a fantastic home win over All-Ireland champions Dublin.

A great win for Kerry as they continue their 100% start to this year’s Allianz Football League.

Full-time score: Kerry 1-18 (21) Dublin 2-14 (20)


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