SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
All-Ireland SFC final replay
Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, 6pm
If, after extra time, Dublin and Kerry can't be separated again, then it's back to Croker for game three on Saturday, 28 September.
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and on the RTÉ News Now app from 4.30pm.
Live commentary on Saturday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1 from Daragh Maloney and Oisin McConville. Joining Jacqui Hurley and Darren Frehill for analysis will be Alan Brogan, Conor McManus and Colm Cooper.
Seán Bán Breathnach will present the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta coverage of the replay live from Croke Park. Pádraig Ó Sé will be the commentator, with analysis from Coman Goggins.
The Sunday Game Live from 5pm on RTÉ 2, presented by Joanne Cantwell, will have commentary from Ger Canning and Kevin McStay and analysis from Ciarán Whelan, Stephen Rochford and Pat Spillane.
Coverage on Sky Sports Arena from 5pm and on GAAGO. Due to the TV rights contract, viewers in Great Britain must watch the All Ireland final via Sky Sports and the SkyGo app.
RTÉ News Now will carry full Irish Language commentary on Saorview 21, Virgin Media 200, Sky 521, Eir 500 or rte.ie/newsnow, or on the News Now App (Ireland-only).
For more on how to watch the All-Ireland worldwide, click HERE.
Highlights of the final, including the Football Team of the Year announcement, on The Saturday Game, RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 10pm. Joining Des Cahill for reaction will be Colm O'Rourke, Sean Cavanagh and Tomás Ó Sé.
Marty Morrissey will be live from the winner's hotel.
Saturday will be a fine and dry day everywhere. Most places will get good spells of warm sunshine. Winds will be light and variable generally, and even some sea breezes near coasts. For more go to met.ie.
WHO WILL LEARN THE MOST AND ALL THAT?
It has been another wait of a fortnight as we again try to decipher what might happen in a football replay. This is the third such fixture since 2000 - a rare enough occurrence on the GAA landscape.
Indeed it was Kerry (2000) and Dublin (2016) who were victorious on those two occasions a second day out was required.
Back in '16 there was much talk from past Dublin players that Mayo had ‘poked the bear' and that the replay would be won comfortably by the Dubs. It didn’t work out that way, with Jim Gavin's men prevailing by only the bare minimum.
There’s no such poking three years on and it’s fair to say that media outlets are finding it hard to fill their pages and screens with relevant content.
The stock question ahead of a replay not surprisingly hones in on which team can improve the most?
In assessing the drawn game, you could make a case that Dublin had up to eight players who didn’t hit the heights. Brian Fenton, Paul Mannion and Michael Darragh were among those who will feel they can contribute more. Kerry had less players operating below their capabilities, though a failure to get more out of their inside-forward line did frustrate their supporters.
Also, did the Kingdom put the handbrake on when victory was in sight? On the flip side, credit must go to the Dubs for the tenacity and grit they showed in levelling things up late on. They were the team – 14 men and all - that clearly wanted to win it in those dying moments.
Shot selection on both sides left a little to be desired – too many speculative efforts not in keeping with the attacking riches that both possess.
Indeed, grading the respective forward lines on their good days would see little between them when marks are totted up.
And then you had the sending off of Jonny Cooper. History has shown us that teams can often make the disadvantage work for them. The Dubs, at a crucial period in the second half, pulled five clear, repelling a Kingdom surge just after the break. You would have banked on them to finish the job.
But then Tommy Walsh trundled on for Kerry to give them a whole new set of problems and he played his part in Killian Spillane’s goal on 56 minutes. A compelling 20 minutes of action followed where the Munster champions proved their bench are more than up to the task.
Will Jonny Cooper be tasked again with keeping tabs on David Clifford?
There is room for improvement on both sides and with a dry, warm evening forecast on Saturday, there is no reason to suggest we won’t have an enthralling contest.
Since 1972, we’ve had five replays and the second day out has been higher scoring.
This will be the 31st championship meeting between the counties since they first met in 1892. Kerry have won 17 times to Dublin's 10 while there were three draws
Top scorers so far in 2019
Dean Rock (1-36)
Cormac Costello (1-31)
Paul Mannion (0-24)
Top scorers so far in 2019
Sean O’Shea (1-48)
David Clifford (0-24)
Paul Geaney (2-13)
DID YOU KNOW
- Kerry have never lost an All-Ireland final they have played in in years ending in 9.
- Dublin have yet to win a final in a year ending in 9.
- The last All-Ireland final to be played on 14 September was in 1947. That was the year of the Polo Grounds decider, where Cavan defeated Kerry.
- So far in this decade, we have had four All-Ireland finals that have gone to a replay in football and hurling. The man-of-the-match award in those games went to players who did not start the drawn game – Kilkenny's Walter Walsh in 2012 hurling replay, Clare’s Shane O’Donnell in 2013 hurling replay, Kilkenny’s Kieran Joyce in 2014 hurling replay and Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons in 2016 football replay
WHAT THEY SAY
Aidan O'Rourke - 2002 All-Ireland winner with Armagh and RTÉ analyst
"Replays are always about who has learned most and if the learnings can be implemented. Kerry learned that their attack can seriously hurt the champions and that their revised kick-out strategy made an impact. They must also believe they can hold Dublin's key men again.
"Dublin, however, have learned that they are vulnerable and that nothing short of the best version of themselves can protect their legacy."
Kevin McStay - former Mayo player and Roscommon manager and now RTÉ analyst
"The old rule of thumb is who has the most room for improvement and the answer is both teams. My sense would be Dublin have the greater capacity for improvement.
"I did think the first game would be tight and I was surprised it was a draw. The replay from this starting point is Dublin are absolutely in driving seat and they could push on to have a much better performance in the replay and go on to finally, finally accomplish the five-in-a-row. I make them firm favourites for replay."
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