GAA | Dublin beat Kerry to complete historic five in a row

Dublin have beaten Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final replay.

The Dubs become the first county to win the Sam Maguire Cup five times in a row after their 1-18 to 0-15 win over the Kingdom in Croke Park.

It was level at half-time after an entertaining first half, but Eoin Murcan’s goal directly from the throw-in at the start of the second half proved decisive for Jim Gavin’s men.

Dublin made a blistering start to the replay, taking the lead inside the first minute, and leading until first half stoppage time.

It was an end-to-end opening 35 minutes, with plenty of eye-catching scores on both sides, and Paul Geaney’s late score made it 0-10 apiece at the interval.

Con O’Callaghan registered the opening score of the game after less than a minute, and the Dubs raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead.

Stephen Cluxton’s kickouts were perfect; he found his teammates with all 23 in the match.

Dublin were ruthlessly efficient; scoring all 10 of their first half scores from play, and failing to kick a single wide.

Kerry kept within distance of them, however, with David Clifford, Sean O’Shea and Paul Geaney keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

The Kingdom bagged the last two points of the half to go into the break level with the champions.

Jack McCaffrey had to be withdrawn at half time, with Diarmuid Connolly replacing the roving wing back for the second half.

However, Murchan’s superb goal – his first ever score in the Championship – within seconds of the restart sent the Dubs on their way to yet another All-Ireland title.

Peter Keane turned to his substitutes – including Tommy Walsh, James O’Donoghue and Jack Sherwood – in an attempt to turn the tide, but Dublin relentlessly chipped away at Kerry’s resistance as the half wore on.

Kerry responded well to Murchan’s goal, but Dublin never relinquished their lead, and were eventually comfortable six-point winners.

Incredibly, the Boys in Blue scored 1-17 from play, with the remaining score coming from a 45.

The full time whistle heralded jubilant scenes on the pitch and in the stands, as Dublin made the impossible possible at Croke Park.

You can relive all the action as it happened here.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; David Byrne (0-01), Michael Fitzsimons, Jonny Cooper; Jack McCaffrey, Eoin Murchan (1-00), John Small; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy (0-01); Niall Scully (0-01), Ciarán Kilkenny (0-05), Brian Howard; Paul Mannion (0-04), Con O’Callaghan (0-03), Dean Rock (0-03, 1 ’45′).

Subs: Diarmuid Connolly for McCaffrey HT; Philly McMahon for Murchan 54 mins; Cormac Costello for Scully 57 mins;Cian O’Sullivan for Byrne 67 mins; Kevin McMamamon for Mannion 67 mins; Michael Darragh Macauley for Howard 73 mins.

Kerry: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O’Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; David Moran, Jack Barry; Diarmuid O’Connor, Seán O’Shea (0-05, 3f), Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford (0-05, 1f), Paul Geaney (0-04), Adrian Spillane (0-01).

Subs: Gavin White for Adrian Spillane 51 mins; Jack Sherwood for Ó Beaglaoich 51 mins; Tommy Walsh for O’Connor 54 mins; Killian Spillane for Murphy 59 mins; James O’Donoghue for Barry 64 mins; Dara Moynihan for Crowley 71 mins.