The game at a glance
Published 19/09/2011 | 05:00
Man of the match
Kevin McManamon (Dublin)
He may have only been on for the final 19 minutes but he made a huge impact. His goal turned the game Dublin's way and his strong, direct running caused all sorts of problems for the Kerry defence, including forcing them into conceding the late free from which Stephen Cluxton kicked the winning point.
McManamon's goal in the 63rd minute. The title seemed all wrapped up in Kerry colours as they led by four points but that goal reignited Dublin, who scorched their way to the finish line, adding three points to Kerry's one.
The manner in which Dublin banished the haunting memory of so many disappointing days when they finished poorly, often squandering big leads. Yesterday, their last seven minutes were by far their best.
Joe McQuillan did a good job. Unusually for any game -- let alone an All-Ireland final -- there were no frees until the sixth minute. Seven players were booked but most were for clumsy tackles in a game which was played in a good spirit.
What they said
Pat Gilroy (Dublin Manager)
"We've done an awful lot of work on our mindset. We've got huge
benefit out of doing things a certain way. Some people who know a lot
about the mind have been really helpful, they've done exceptional
stuff with us, to be honest, and we'd be very grateful to them."
Jack O'Connor (Kerry manager):
"I'm not going to be hanging any guy out to dry, but of course the goal was a huge momentum changer
because we couldn't see Dublin getting it back on points. We were quite solid at the back, we had kept it tight at the back all day."
Wides: Dublin 9 (6); Kerry 8 (5)
Frees: Dublin 21 (11); Kerry 23 (13)
Yellow cards: Dublin 5 (P Flynn 12, R O'Carroll 23, G Brennan 44, K McManamon 56, C O'Sullivan 61); Kerry 2 (A O'Mahony 22, B Sheehan 39).
Red cards: Dublin 0; Kerry 0
Sam Maguire begins the celebration circuit in Dublin for the first time in 16 years; Kerry face a long winter wondering how they lost a game they appeared to have secured when they led by four points just past the hour mark.