Kerry and Galway served up another thrilling encounter at Croke Park this afternoon in the replay of the All-Ireland Football Final, with the Kingdom coming out on top, beating the Tribesmen 0-17 to 1-10. It was a fascinating match once again with the turning point coming in the 17th minute as Galway lost influential midfielder Kevin Walsh at a crucial stage of the game. Up until then, Galway were well in control, particularly after Declan Meehan scored a fabulous goal after great movement from Padraig Joyce and Paul Clancy. However, Kerry finished the stronger in the first half and went in two points up, leading 0-08 to 1-03.
They seemed to lose their way somewhat in the second, hitting six consecutive wides in 12 minutes and surrendering their lead but a MacGearailt point settled their nerves and they regained control of the game. Galway reintroduced Walsh in the 53rd minute but, despite scoring a point, his arrival back on the field never had the desired effect. Kerry continued to create better scoring opportunities as the game went on and never looked like surrendering their lead. In the last twenty minutes, Kerry outscored Galway eight points to three and it was in this final period that Kerry worked their hardest for a well-deserved victory.
Filed by Amanda Fennelly