This Sunday the 1st of September, Dublin take on Kerry in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park at 3.30pm. Both sides have been the best teams in the country this championship season and rightfully take their place in the showpiece of the 2019 GAA calendar.
The question on everybody’s lips is can Dublin become the first side to lift the Sam Maguire for a record fifth time in a row?
Kerry know all about drives for five with their failed journey in 1982 to make history. Will Kerry be the team to deny Dublin this weekend? Peter Keane’s first campaign in charge has injected life along with an infusion of young talent.
Both sides overcame battle tested teams in the last round to book their place in this years final. With a two week break both panels will be raring to go!
Current title holders Dublin beat a spirited Mayo in the semi-final 3-14 to 1-10. James Horan’s Mayo shut up shop in the first half and stopped the Dubs playing their expansive attacking football.
However Jim Gavin rallied his troops in the second half who kicked into fourth gear and blew away the Westerners, to book their place in the final.
The other finalists in ‘The Kingdom’ Kerry beat a tricky-Tyrone side by three points last time out to set-up a meeting with Dublin.
A vital goal coming from Stephen O’Brien in the second half proved to be the decider. The final score-line read 1-18 to 0-18.
Dublin’s Jim Gavin is considered the best manager in the game who has won it all. Winning a total of five league medals, five Leinster championship trophies and you guessed it, five all-Ireland’s. He will now aim to make history by winning five in a row.
The former Dublin footballer played for his county over a 10-year period from 1992 to 2002.
From he came into the Dublin set-up in 2012 Gavin has transformed the culture and almost turned the team into a professional outfit. When its alls said and done this current squad will be looked back on as a dominant force and possibly greatest ever.
Kerry under the guidance of Peter Keane in his first campaign in-charge have reached an All-Ireland final which is quite remarkable!
The Dublin v Kerry rivalry is considered one of the biggest rivalries in the sport. While Dublin have the most Leinster titles and Kerry are the standard bearers in Munster, they are also the two most successful teams in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship having won 65 championship titles between them.
With Stephen Cluxton’s excellent kick-outs Jonny Cooper, Jack McCaffery and James McCarthy will be able to set up the attacks.
Dublin have the experience of Midfielder Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny, Dean Rock and young-blooded Con O’Callaghan to rely on going forward.
Kerry are opened at the back in defense which could be exposed by the Dubs. Gavin Crowley will be the man in-charge to patrol the lines and keep everyone at the back in check.
The youth of Sean O’Shea and David Clifford mixed with established figures such as Stephen O’Brien and Paul Geaney have also supplied scores when it counted for the Kerry cause.
Both teams have players to come off the bench to have an impact with Dublin’s Philly McMahon, Diarmuid Connolly and Kerry’s Tommy Walsh and Jack Sherwood.
Dublin to score a goal in each half-8/11
David Clifford & Con O’Callaghan both to score a goal-11/1
Kerry to lead at half time & Dublin win by 7 or more points-12/1
Kerry win & over 41.5 total points-12/1
Dean Rock & Sean O’Shea to score a goal-22/1
Dublin to win without conceding a goal-5/2
O’Callaghan to score both a goal and a point-6/4
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