Dublin played like a team that was mourning the departure of U2 today as they rolled over and died against Kerry.
The final score at Croke Park was 1-24 to 1-07.
But the score belies the fact that there have been some memorable tussles between the two great GAA teams over the years.
Today’s lopsided defeat marks the fifth time the two teams have met this decade, and the fifth time the men from the capital have failed to win. However, that nature of today’s defeat was so thorough and so embarrassing that their fans booed them off the field and began to leave the stadium at half-time.
Bank Holiday Monday in Ireland was meant to be Dublin’s big chance to put the green and gold hoodoo behind them. They failed miserably. Kerry attacked them immediately and scored a goal almost directly from the start. They took off from there and proceed to play a mesmerizing half of football, out muscling, outplaying and outscoring them by 1-14 to 0-03.
The second period was a mere procession as Kerry played exhibition football, while Dublin tried to restore a little pride for the fans who hung around. Though the men from the Kingdom have won nothing after today’s victory, the message they are sending out to the remaining teams is clear and concise, underestimate us at your peril.
Results between Dublin and Kerry this decade:
Kerry 1- 24 Dublin 1-07 All-Ireland quarter-final 2009
Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 All-Ireland semi-final 2007
Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 All-Ireland quarter-final 2004
Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 quarter-final replay 2001
Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 All-Ireland quarter-final 2001
70s/80s: Different decade, different rivalry
The 70s and 80s was a very different decade for this rivalry. Names like Kevin Heffernan, Mick O’Dwyer, Jimmy Keavney, Mikey Sheehy are but a few of the legends that graced the game and enhanced their legacies through magic moments in games between the two teams.
The two sides dominated All-Ireland title wins in the late 70s and early 80s in a golden time for football. Kerry won the Sam Maguire in 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, while Dublin won the All Ireland title '74, '76, '77 and '83. Ten years of uninterrupted Kerry or Dublin wins was only hijacked by Offaly, who denied Kerry an historic five-in-a-row when Seamus Darby scored a last minute goal to break Kerry hearts. Here are the results between the two teams from that fantastic decade:
What Dublin would give to have a manager like Heffernan today. Dublin last won the All Ireland in 1995, while Kerry have remained consistently strong and won or played in the last five All Ireland finals.
Where go The Dubs go from here?