Three sent off as Galway beat Kerry to retain the All Ireland Football title.

Galway and Kerry was a much anticipated All Ireland Football Final that turned out to be a tense tetchy affair. An attendance of 77,735 was in Croke Park to see the two teams meet for the fourth time in just over two years. Perhaps it was this familiarity that resulted in a scrappy game that saw some uncompromising play from both sides go unpunished by referee Mick Loftus in the first half. The better football was being played by Galway with points from Seamus Leyden and John Keenan contributing to a half time score of Galway 0-07 Kerry 0-04.

With seven minutes gone in the second half, Kerry brought the gap back to just one point with a Bernie O'Callaghan free. Galway were able to lift their game again though and when Seamus Leyden fisted a pointed to give them a total of 12 Kerry were unable to bridge the gap.  

The tension that had been bubbling away boiled over twenty minutes into the second half when John Donnellan pulled down Derry O'Shea both players traded punches before being sent off.  Kerry substitute John O'Shea only saw seven minutes of action before he was sent off.

Galway held on to maintain their dominance of Kerry and keep their All Ireland title.

The final score was Galway 0-12 Kerry 0-09.

Highlights shown here are taken from the All Ireland Football Final broadcast 26 September 1965.

The commentator is Michael O'Hehir.