After an amazing All Ireland semi-final, we have put together a team of the week from Kerry and Dublin. Kerry bow out of the championship at the hands of Dublin for the fourth successive time, while for Dublin they will face Mayo on the 18th of September in the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. The team is below:
1 Brian Kelly (Kerry) – Had some mixed results with his kick outs but kept a clean sheet against the Dubs. Made a fine save from Philly McMahon in the first few minutes.
2 Shane Enright (Kerry) – Man marked Bernard Brogan and to be fair he did an excellent job on the corner forward.
3 Jonny Cooper (Dublin) – Outstanding by Cooper who filled the full back role left vacant by Rory O’Carroll yet again. Was given the task of marking Paul Geaney in the second half and he came out on top.
4 Philly McMahon (Dublin) – Again, like Cooper stuck to his task well, was unlucky not to get a goal and kept James O’Donoghue quite when he was introduced in the second half.
5 Killian Young (Kerry) – Quite good in defence and going forward. One of the Kingdom’s better performers on the day.
6 Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin) – Played the familiar sweeper role. Was excellent at intercepting plays from Kerry attacks.
7 James McCarthy (Dublin) – Made some errors but was steady enough once he settled into the game. The 70 minutes of action will surely bring him on and increase his match fitness.
8 Brian Fenton (Dublin) – A leading contender for footballer of the year according to odds. Scored a nice point, Jim Gavin will be hoping there is more in him for the final.
9 David Moran (Kerry) – Moran was the stand out player in midfield. His high fielding was exemplary.
10 Paul Murphy (Kerry) – Was given the task of marking Ciaran Kilkenny and to be honest he won the battle. He kept Kilkenny scoreless and didn’t allow him to get on the ball as much as he did in previous games.
11 Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) – Connolly was again excellent for Dublin, scored some points ( 0-03 in total)
12 Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin) – Didn’t get on loads of ball as in previous games but he still was good in probing gaps in the Kingdom’s defence.
13 Dean Rock (Dublin) – Rock kicked 0-12, mostly from frees to be said, however it just goes to show the importance of a top class free taker in the game.
14 Paul Geaney (Kerry) – Kerry’s best forward by far, Dublin defence were happy to see him substituted on 67 minutes.
15 Kevin McMenamon (Dublin) – A hero so often when Kerry and Dublin meet. McMenamon contributed 0-02 from play in a man of the match performance.