GAA | Kerry stage second half comeback to beat Tyrone

Kerry will face Dublin in the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final.

The Kingdom have come from behind to beat Tyrone by 1-18 to 0-18 in today’s semi-final at Croke Park.

Tyrone led by four at half-time, but Kerry improved dramatically after the break, with Stephen O’Brien scoring the only goal of the game.

O’Brien – who was named as the man of the match – was dismissed late on for a black card having been booked earlier in the game, and will now miss the final barring a successful appeal.

Tyrone were the dominant team in the first half, entering the dressing rooms with a 0-9 to 0-5 advantage at the interval before the hugely disappointing crowd of 33,848.

The Kerry forwards were given little time on the ball, with Peter Keane’s men converting just five of 14 shots in the opening 35 minutes.

Cathal McShane was giving Jason Foley all sorts of problems, and Tyrone were winning the majority of the breaks around the middle.

The Red Hand found a good balance between attack and defence in the first half, and were getting plenty of joy from Niall Morgan’s kick-outs as the half wore on.

Kerry looked off the pace, and vulnerable in defence.

Keane introduced Gavin White and Jack Sherwood at half-time, and Tommy Walsh made a massive impact following his introduction in the second half.

David Clifford also kicked five points for the Munster champions as they forced a nine-point turnaround.

The decisive moment came in the 56th minute.

Paul Geaney held the ball up cleverly before showing great vision to pop a hand pass inside to the onrushing O’Brien, who kept his cool to side-foot a left-footed finish past Niall Morgan.

His goal gave Kerry a 1-12 to 0-12 lead, and the Munster champions never looked back.

The Kingdom will now contest their 58th All-Ireland final, and their first in five years.

You can relive all the action as it happened here.