All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final 20th September 2015: Dublin V Kerry 0-12-0-09 Match Report
Dublin are All Ireland football champions for the 25th time after defeating Kerry 0-12-0-9 in front of a capacity Croke Park crowd of 82,300.
One of the main talking points from the game that cast a shadow over Dublin’s win was the alleged eye gouging incident between Dublin player Philly McMahon and Kerry`s Kieran Donaghy. Television pictures that left it unclear what happened during the incident and will no doubt be scrutinised by the GAA.
Dublin started the final brightly scoring a point in the first minute after 17 seconds. Dean Rock had a golden chance to score a goal in the fourth minute, but was denied by Brendan Kealy the Kerry goalkeeper.
Kerry got themselves back into the game and at one stage managed to take the lead. As the rain became heavier the players on both sides struggled with the conditions with players slipping over and having issues handling the ball.
Dublin got themselves back into the game with a series of points and managed to get ahead of Kerry to lead 0-8-0-4 at half time.
Kerry started the second half scoring the opening two points. While at the other end Paddy Andrews missed a great chance for a goal his shot going agonisingly wide of the Kerry goalpost.
Less than five minutes later Dublin`s Bernard Brogan should have scored for the Dubs having his shot cleared off the line by the desperate Kerry backline trying to stay in the game.
Dublin continued to score consistent points and Dublin ultimately saw out the last minutes to deservedly win 0-12 – 0-9. Dean Rock and Bernard Brogan were Dublin`s top scorers who helped Dublin add to their score as they took the game away from Kerry.
James 0`Donoghue was Kerry`s top point scorer who tried to revive Kerry hopes. But they were in vain as the rest of the Kerry front line struggled to score constant points which ultimately cost Kerry the game. Meaning that the Sam Maguire cup returns to the capital once again for an impressive 25th time.
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