Dublin get past Kerry to reach the All Ireland Football Final in a thrilling encounter that leaves players and supporters breathless.
With a little over five minutes remaining Kerry held a two point lead over Dublin in a game where play had ebbed and flowed. A line ball taken by Brian Mullins went to Anton O'Toole whose pass was deflected to Tony Hanahoe who played it on to David Hickey who struck the back of the net. Now Dublin were ahead by a point 2-11 to 1-13. When a Kerry free was plucked from the air by Dublin full back Sean Doherty, it began a move that ended with Bernard Brogan scoring Dublin's third goal. A Tony Hanahoe point was the final score in an enthralling clash.
Looking back at a match that is considered by many to be an all-time classic, there is much to surprise us now. The attendance of 55,000 was the largest crowd for a football semi-final since 1961. Dublin had a player manager Tony Hanahoe who wore those faded shorts of his. The pace and physicality of a game played by amateur sportsmen is remarkable. Keep an eye out for Kerry goalkeeper Paudie O'Mahony having to clamber the advertising hoarding to retrieve the ball to restart the game. Kevin Moran future Manchester United centre-half was at centre back for Dublin. Keeping supporters off the pitch was an issue during the game never mind after it in those days.
The final score was Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13.
The highlights shown here are taken from the live broadcast of the All Ireland Football Semi Final 21 August 1977. The commentator is Michael O'Hehir.