Dublin produced a big finish against Kerry as they were crowned All-Ireland champions for the 31st time.

Two injury-time points clinched a tense 1-15 to 1-13 victory at Croke Park and a record ninth All-Ireland medal for the Dublin trio of Stephen Cluxton, Michael Fitzsimons and captain James McCarthy.

Here is how we rated the players...


Stephen Cluxton – 8

100% from kick-outs, the Dublin stopper also nonchalantly clipped over points at either end of the first half. His run of 13 clean sheets was ended but it was still a near-faultless performance from the stalwart.

Eoin Murchan – 7

Produced one big turnover on Stephen O’Brien during a first half where defences were on top, while a huge tackle on the hour mark denied Killian Spillane a shot at goal.

Michael Fitzsimons – 8

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Was left on his backside by David Clifford during the first half, only for his team-mates to bail him out, but shaded an incredible battle with the Kerry captain and finished the stronger.

David Byrne – 6

Set the tone with a strong tackle on Paudie Clifford after the throw-in and mopped up breaking ball. Caught flat-footed for Kerry’s goal, he scrambled back onto the goalline but couldn’t prevent Paul Geaney from netting.

James McCarthy – 6

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The history-making captain made some vital interventions, from breaking down kick-outs to winning back possession inside the Kerry half. Somehow escaped a yellow card until the 59th minute.

John Small – 7

Physical in defence and ever the willing runner, his pass set up Brian Fenton for a first-half point while he was prominent during Dublin's big finish.

Lee Gannon - 7

Snuffed out a couple of inside balls during the first half, and also produced a big tackle to dispossess opposite number Gavin White and launch a Dublin counter that yielded a point. Booked for clattering into Shane Ryan and was outmuscled by Paul Geaney for a point before departing on 48 minutes.

Brian Fenton – 8

Arrowed over excellent points in both halves as Kerry were punished for backing off the talismanic midfielder. A performance full of high fielding and powerful running.

Brian Howard – 7

Excellent on his own kick-outs and got back to clear Paul Geaney’s early goal chance. Thought he had David Clifford boxed in, only for the Kerry forward to find Geaney with a sublime pass. Grabbed the first score of the second half and looked to be cramping when he departed with six minutes left.

Paddy Small – 7

Scored the crucial second-half goal via a big deflection, but also tracked back with some big moments in defence, collecting a yellow for a crafty foul on Stephen O’Brien. Set up Paul Mannion for an equalising point and, with the Dublin management looking to replace him, gave the Kerry defence the slip with four minutes remaining to kick them in front.

Paul Mannion – 8

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Top-scored with five points, four from play including the go-ahead score in injury-time. Rewarded the work of his team-mates by finishing off two counter-attacks and kept his head during a tense finish.

Ciarán Kilkenny – 6

Drafted into the starting line-up as expected. Got on plenty of ball but struggled at times to unlock Kerry’s defence. Won a big turnover which led to the opening score of the second half. Replaced by Niall Scully on 53 minutes.

Cormac Costello – 6

Well-shackled by the Kerry defence. Booked for belting Tom O'Sullivan off the ball, with the free then brought forward for dissent. Hooked on 53 minutes for Niall Scully.

Con O’Callaghan – 6

Mixed day in attack but saw plenty of involvement. Poor decision-making cost Dublin a first-half score and then rattled the crossbar after the restart. A nice pass while off balance set up Colm Basquel for a point on 54 minutes.

Colm Basquel – 8

Dispossessed Gavin White in the lead-up to Dublin’s goal, one of a number of key contributions. Scored a good point off his left to snap a three-point streak from Kerry and finished off a slick move on 54 minutes, while he kept his composure when teeing up Mannion late on after Dean Rock’s effort was parried back into play.


Jack McCaffrey – 7

Had a point chalked off when the referee deemed advantage over but made a big impact when introduced. A lovely ball inside teed Paddy Small up for a point with four minutes left.

Niall Scully – 6

Great recovery prevented Tom O’Sullivan from getting a shot away.

Seán McMahon – 6

Heavily involved in Fenton’s late go-ahead point, having come short to win Cluxton’s kick-out.

Cian Murphy – 6

Dean Rock – 6


Shane Ryan – 8

Rock-solid under the high ball and found a team-mate with all but three of his kick-outs despite fierce Dublin pressure. Provided an extra body outfield and one roaming run created a point for Paudie Clifford.

Graham O’Sullivan – 7

Plenty of involvements around the middle and kept a close eye on Ciarán Kilkenny. Was hit high by James McCarthy on the hour mark, leading to a booking for the Dublin captain.

Jason Foley – 6

Was invited to carry the ball forward and looked comfortable in possession, but struggled to get to grips with Mannion.

Tom O’Sullivan – 7

Frustrated Cormac Costello and provided plenty of support in attack. Was played in to oceans of space during the closing stages but his left-footed shot fell short of the target.

Paul Murphy – 6

Raced back and got a hand to Paddy Small’s shot, only to deflect it past his goalkeeper for Dublin’s goal. Replaced on 56 minutes.

Tadhg Morley – 7

Kept Con O’Callaghan quiet for long spells, including a vital block on 26 minutes. Was saved by the crossbar in the second half when the Dublin forward finally gave him the slip.

Gavin White – 6

A key moment was White being turned over for the Dublin goal. He was guilty on occasion of carrying the ball into traffic, but also made some driving runs and created a chance for David Clifford late in the first half.

Diarmuid O’Connor – 7

Picked John Small’s pocket during the first half before sparking a Kerry counter that David Clifford wasted. Also made a vital steal on Jack McCaffrey late on.

Jack Barry – 7

Some fantastic fielding from kick-outs and held his own against Fenton. Couldn’t resist a few extra steps when teed up by David Clifford on 24 minutes and was penalised for overcarrying. Replaced with four minutes to go.

Dara Moynihan – 6

A performance full of running. Got back to provide cover in defence and made some lung-busting runs up the wing. Taken off on 57 minutes.

Sean O’Shea – 7

Top-scored for Kerry with 0-05, two coming from play during the first half. O'Shea was central to their attacking play and grabbed scores at vital times, drawing his side level in injury-time only for Dublin to have the final say.

Stephen O’Brien – 7

Never stopped battling and was heavily involved at both ends of the pitch. Made a crucial early interception when Kerry were hit on the break.

Paudie Clifford – 7

Had some joy when dropping deep and creating space for his fellow forwards during the first half. Hit three points in 10 minutes during a second-half purple patch.

David Clifford – 6

A mixed day for the Kerry captain, who was restricted to three points. Scored with his first touch and found Paul Geaney with an exceptional pass for their goal, but was guilty of some poor wides, particularly late on.

Paul Geaney – 7

Scuffed an early goal chance and saw another shot hit the post before finding the net in first half injury-time. Showed good strength to hold off Lee Gannon and fist a point on 42 minutes. Replaced with seven minutes remaining.


Brian Ó Beaglaíoch – 6

Galloped forward in injury-time but took far too much out of the ball and was crowded out.

Adrian Spillane – 6

Almost made an immediate impact but hesitated in front of goal and got turned over by Murchan.

Micheál Burns – 7

Scored a superb late point despite the close attention of two Dublin defenders, and made a fine block to deny Basquel at the other end.

Killian Spillane – 6

Mike Breen – 6