Kerry overwhelm Westerners
- Sep 18,2006
Sunday, September 17
BANK OF IRELAND ALL-IRELAND SFC FINAL
Kerry 4-15 Mayo 3-5
A dramatic All-Ireland final served up seven goals and contained a number of complex individual battles but essentially it was a simple affair. The best team in the country won the ultimate prize.
In many respects it was a complete footballing performance from Jack O
Barely a quarter hour had elapsed and it seemed as though the game was over to Croke Park
In the ninth minute the unmistakable Donaghy again caused havoc when he caught a Tommy Griffin high ball cleanly over the head of David Heaney, turned, and blasted spectacularly to the net. The fatal blows had been struck.
Mayo manager Mickey Moran had seen enough. Too much ball was being fed into Donaghy and he took immediate action. Centre back James Nallen was replaced by the towering David Brady with Heaney switching to the centre and Brady locating his sizeable bulk on the edge of the square.
It worked a treat, for a time. Brady immediately made his presence known with a forceful challenge on the 6
The focus changed and now Ciaran McDonald
Murmurs in the crowd but nothing to get too excited about, it was 2-4 to 1-0. Kerry quietly went down the other end and hit two points before Colm Cooper got in on the goal fest.
The Gooch found himself with space and only David Clarke to beat. The Dr Croke
The belief in this Mayo panel, which manager Mickey Moran and his sidekick John Morrison had been referencing all year, had spread to the stands by the interval. In the final regulation minute of the half O
Western fans were on their feet and a surreal sense of expectation hung in the air. It only got stronger when McDonald attempted an impossible point only for his shot to clip the top of a post and fall to O
Kerry stuck three more points on the scoreboard after the restart as McDonald
Indeed, any green and red vicissitude never found a footing in the second-half. Mayo gifted the scorekeeper an easy end to his shift, hitting only three Conor Mortimer frees.
The game descended into a series of mistakes for a period, but Kerry kept annexing the scoreline. In the 57th minute left wing back Aidan O
Last year, Darragh and Marc O Se took a wrong turn and ended up in the media lift with a host of reporters following the All-Ireland final defeat to Tyrone. Not a word was uttered, and the pain on their faces derived that none was sought. Talk flowed freely this year.
A first All-Ireland through the backdoor has perhaps now confirmed the greatness of a side that lay on the cusp of unfulfilled promise.
KERRY - D Murphy; M O Se, M McCarthy, T O
MAYO - D Clarke; D Geraghty, D Heaney, K Higgins; A Higgins, J Nallen, P Gardiner; R McGarrity, P Harte (1-0); BJ Padden (0-1), G Brady, A Dillon; K O
Referee: Brian Crowe (Cavan).
Frees: Kerry 7, Mayo 14.
Wides: Kerry 5, Mayo 4.
45s: Kerry 0, Mayo 1.
Booked: T O
Attendance: 82, 289.