Dublin’s drive for five postponed as Kerry hold out for draw
By COLIN BARTLEY
DUBLIN have to wait another two weeks to see if their drive for immortality happens.
The drive for five is on hold after Dublin and Kerry played out a 1-16 to 1-16 draw.
Johnny Cooper’s red for a second yellow card just before half-time, like Richie Hogan’s in the hurling two weeks, had a massive impact on this game.
Kerry down by five points, and after missing a penalty and having a shot saved on the line, looked out of ideas.
Kerry, in the second half, needed to shut down Dublin and pressurise the four-time champions, but Dublin are not the four-time champions for nothing and showed remarkable composure to go point for point with Kerry for the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Kerry decided to use the extra-man in a sweeper role in defence, but really it made the man-over redundant. Dublin for 20 minutes were the team who looked like they had the extra-man.
Jack McCaffery seemed to pop up from the half-back line at will to create havoc and get two important points for the Dubs.
Then bang, on 56 minutes Kerry substitutes Tommy Walsh found Cillian Spillane inside the 21. Spillane cut inside the defence and left Dubs keeper Stephen Cluxton fixed to the spot as the ball was cut to the bottom corner of the net.
On 61 mins Kerry drew level and after swapping points, Kerry took the lead for the first time on the stroke of 66 mins.
On the stroke of 70 mins, hawk-eye was called upon for a shot that looked like Dublin’s equaliser. Níl said Hawk-eye. But then tension, seven-minutes to be added, Kerry a point ahead.
Diarmuid Connolly, on as a sub, missed from 40 metres out. Kerry struggled to clear their lines from a kick out, and from a Kerry turnover Dean Rock levelled on 74 minutes.
With 20 seconds left on the clock, Dublin got a free on the sideline 35 metres out under the Cusack Stand. Dean Rock missed the kick left and wide. And that was it.
Kerry and Dublin meet again in two weeks time.