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Kerry and Mayo to fight it out again after thrilling draw

Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 after comeback by 14 man Mayo team

Published 24/08/2014 | 17:43

Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Ger Cafferkey
Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Ger Cafferkey
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24 August 2014; Kerry and Mayo supporters in the Hogan Stand. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; Declan Slattery, from Claremorris, Co. Mayo, ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, left, and Mayo manager James Horan shake hands after the game ended in a draw. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during the National Anthem. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; Kerry's James O'Donoghue celebrates after scoring his side's only goal of the game while Mayo's Colm Boyle shows his disappointment. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; Mayo's Colm Boyle after the game ended in a draw. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
EARLY START: Francis O'Connor snr and jnr of Pallas, Listowel, travelled early and support the strikers. Photo: Tony Gavin
24 August 2014; Supporters stand for the National Anthem before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
24 August 2014; Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Jason Doherty, left, and Ger Cafferkey, Mayo. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

A brilliant second-half fight back by 14-man Mayo means that these two will have to do it all again in Limerick next Saturday.

In an enthralling All Ireland semi final, Mayo, who had Lee Keegan sent off in the first half, battled back from four points down at half-time to earn a deserved draw in Croke Park.

Indeed, James Horan’s men led by five points at one stage following a scintillating attacking display in the second half.

They were leading by four in the 68th minute when James O’Donoghue collected a pass from Kieran Donaghy and smashed the ball home to make it a one-point game.

Kieran O’Leary showed great composure when he fired over the equalising point and then the Kingdom missed two chances to win the match right at the end when.

Mayo v Kerry in pictures 

Brian Kelly, Kerry, in action against Cillian O'Connor, Mayo

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O’Donoghue picked the ball up 40 yards from goal and made some space for himself but his left-footed shot grazed the side of the post, and with the last kick of the game, Bryan Sheehan saw his 60-yard free come up just short.

It had looked like it would be a routine win for Kerry when they went in at the break 0-9 to 0-4 up with a numerical advantage following Lee Keegan’s 33rd minute dismissal.

But Cillian O’Connor and Mayo had other ideas.

The Mayo forward was inspirational as he led the the team's charge.

 

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