Dubs go extra mile for win
Dublin 4-9 Kerry 1-11
Dublin graduated to the senior ranks of New York football with a win over a Kerry side that ran out of steam when extra time arrived.
The sides were tied at 1-10 to 2-7 at the end of regulation but the Dubs were strongest down the final stretch. They outscored their opponents 2-2 to 0-1 in the two 10 minute periods of added time, with Peter Hatzer and Declan Reilly the scorers in chief.
That was a common theme over the course of the game as Reilly helped himself to a hat-trick in a real captain’s display while corner forward Hatzer accounted for 1-8 of the total.
The game was of the physical nature throughout, with Jason Kelly and Hatzer accounting for 11 points combined over the course of the game from placed balls.
Kelly opened the scoring from a free in the second minute, then added a point from play six minutes later. The game was held up shortly after for a full blown Donnybrook (excuse the pun) when at least two players should have gone, one from each side, the Dub for striking with the fist, the Kerry man for kicking.
If four had gone no one could have complained either. As it was Andy Gray and Cian O’Connor were given yellows and the game continued.
Kerry added a goal to their total in the 11th minute when Kelly fired to the net after Anthony Sullivan did most of the spade work. Dublin took the heat and started to claw their way back.
Declan Reilly was fouled for a free that Hatzer fired over, then he had his second when Fergal Powell was fouled. With five minutes left in the half the free taker went out to the 50 yard line to take another dead ball. His long drive was going wide right, but Eoghan Loughnane punched it back into play.
Reilly took it and drove a thunderbolt to the net and the sides were level. When Reilly burst in on goal moments later he was tripped from behind by Eoghan O’Mahoney who was carded, and Hatzer put his side in front 1-3 to 1-2.
Kerry did have a clear-cut goal chance before the break but the final pass to Sullivan as he careened in on goal was behind him and the chance went for naught.
Kerry had the first three points of the second half to go back in front. Niall O’Shea had the best of the bunch when Damien O’Sullivan made a timely interception at the defensive end to start the attack that O’Shea finished expertly.
The corner forward was also guilty of three misses in the opening quarter of the half, however, and they would come back to haunt.
Dublin had three of the next four points to again tie the game with Hatzer scoring all. The first came from play after a sweet passing move while the other pair was both from frees.
Kelly added a Kerry point on the run but it was cancelled out immediately and then some. Dublin moved the ball down the field quickly for the kickout.
Sub Sean Purcell received it on the right and sent a 40 yard shot high goal wards. It dropped to the left of the square where Mark Connolly fisted it goal wards across to the right.
Declan Reilly dived to fist it to the back of the net for a 2-6 to 1-7 lead. Kelly again narrowed the lead to one before a period of time passed when both sides were guilty of over playing the ball and over zealous tackles.
O’Shea finally had the leveler when he fired over a free when he was fouled on the left side of the posts. Time was ticking down when Dublin capitalized on an opportunity for victory when Purcell was fouled 30 yards out. Free taker supreme Hatzer stepped up to score and leave Kerry in trouble.
The Kingdom escaped, however momentarily, when Kelly was fouled and he found his feet and then the range to push the game into extra-time.
The first period of extra time clinched the victory for Dublin. It began with a penalty which Reilly expertly converted after Purcell was fouled.
The sides swapped points, but then Dublin had goal number four. A long ball into the danger area from Sean McGrath was annexed by Hatzer and he made no mistake.
The second period had an icing on the cake point from Hatzer again, while Kerry couldn’t get anything going in the way of the goal they so badly needed.
Dublin: 1 Alan Reilly, 2 Sean McGrath, 3 Adam Keaney, 4 Colm Larkin, 5 Barry McKiernan, 6 Donal McGlynn, 7 Robbie Carter, 8 Andy Gray, 9 Keith Moran, 10 Declan Reilly (3-0), 11 Niall Coughlin, 12 Eoghan Loughnane, 13 Peter Hatzer (1-8), 14 Mark Connolly, 15 Fergal Powell (0-1).
Kerry: 1 Jer O’Sullivan, 2 Steven Conway, 3 Shane Coffey, 4 Danny Kennelly, 5 Eoghan O’Mahoney, 6 Damien O’Sullivan, 7 David Langan, 8 Anthony O’Sullivan (0-1), 9 Michael Brennan, 10 Mike Lenihan, 11 Cian O’Connor, 12 Darren Courtney, 13 Jason Kelly (1-6), 14 Kyle Corkery, 15 Niall O’Shea (0-3).
Man of the match: Peter Hatzer (Dublin).
Referee: Tommy Fahey.