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McManamon breaks Kerry hearts again in thriller against Dublin

Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11

Published 01/09/2013 | 17:13

1 September 2013; David Moran, right, and Tomas O'Se, Kerry, in action against Diarmuid Connolly, left, and John Cooper, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; David Moran, right, and Tomas O'Se, Kerry, in action against Diarmuid Connolly, left, and John Cooper, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin's Paddy Andrews celebrates at the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Ciarn Kilkenny, Dublin, in action against Fionn Fitzgerald, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Kevin McManamon, Dublin, shoots to score his side's second goal despite Jack Sherwood, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Declan O'Sullivan, Kerry, in action against Diarmuid Connolly
Bernard Brogan, Dublin, sees his shot go past Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, but ultimately goes wide
1 September 2013; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates a second half point. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Declan O'Sullivan, Kerry, in action against Ger Brennan
Donnchadh Walsh, Kerry, is tackled by Dublin players, from left, Rory O'Carroll, Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy resulting in a penalty to Kerry
Donnchadh Walsh, Kerry, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton
A dejected Aidan O'Mahony, Kerry, following their side's defeat. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin's Eoghan O'Gara consoles Kerry's Marc Ó Sé after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin's Paul Flynn, right, and Eoghan O'Gara celebrate their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
James O'Donoghue, Kerry, shoots to score his side's third goal, from a penalty

Super sub Kevin McManamon tormented Kerry again as his late goal proved pivotal in a 3-18 to 3-11 victory over a gallant Kerry side in a classic at Croke Park

His goal changed the 2011 All-Ireland final in Dublin's favour and his goal was crucial in separating two outstanding football teams in one of the greatest games of all time.

The first half was a joy to behold with both sides throwing off the shackles and illustrating the undoubted talent both sides possess.

Kerry hit the onion sack three time in the opening period with Colm Cooper and James O'Donoghue purring but the Dubs still only trailed by two at the break.

The Dubs edged back into the game gradually in the second half but it was tit-for-tat until McManamon's heroics ensured they would take on Mayo in the All-Ireland final on September 22.

Jack McCaffrey's blistering pace set up Michael Daragh Macauley for the games opening point but that was quickly cancelled out by Declan O'Sullivan.

Pic Shows(L to R)Aisling, Niall, Brendan and Conor Murray. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
Pic Shows(L to R)Aisling, Niall, Brendan and Conor Murray. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
Pic Shows: The Lynch Family before the game. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
Pic Shows(L to R) Luke(19) and Conor(15) Mc Loughlin Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fans Rowly Duggan and his daughter Megan, 15, from Kill, Kildare. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Pic Shows: The Lynch Family before the game. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
1 September 2013; Dublin supporter Kieran Shields in the Hogan Stand before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey and his wife Yvonne during the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Former Dáil Deputy Sean Haughey before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin supporter Declan Healy, from Lucan, Co. Dublin, in the Cusack Stand before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fans outside Croke Park; l-r Nicole Boon, Emma Sheridan and Leonora McGovern, from Drumcondra. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 September 2013; A Dublin supporter in the Davin Stand before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; A group of Kerry supporters on Hill 16 before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fans outside Croke Park. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 September 2013; Dublin supporter Sophia Martin, from Blanchardstown, before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Dublin supporters on Hill 16 before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
1 Sept 2013; Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, centre, with l-r; David Keoghan, son in law, Dermot Cooke, Danny O'Connor and Nicky Byrne, make their way Croke Park. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fan Caitlín White, 3, from Coolock. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Kerry fan Lisa Sayers, from Kenmare, and partner Rob Fitzpatrick, from Rahey. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Pic Shows: Niaomh Fionnbara Under 11 camogie team from Cabra Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin yesterday Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fan Syvaine Egan, from Beaumont, Dublin, with pal Marion O'Brien, from Tralee, outside Croke Park. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fans outside Croke Park.; Julieann and sister Sarah Gahan, from Blanchardstown. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 Sept 2013; Dublin fans outside Croke Park. All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin v Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
1 September 2013; 4 year old Dublin fan Danny McElwaine, from Finglas, Co. Dublin, at the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; A Dublin fan celebrates after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin fans celebrate after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; A Dublin supporter celebrates. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin supporters celebrate during the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Dublin supporters on their way to the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2013; Dublin supporters on Hill 16 celebrate after Kevin McManamon scored his side's second goal. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Pic Shows: Niaomh Fionnbara Under 11 camogie team from Cabra Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
Pic Shows(L to R) Colin, Nessa and Peter Havarty. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
Colin, Nessa and Peter Havarty. Re: Fans arriving at Croke Park ahead of todays All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry v Dublin Sunday 01-09-2013. Pic: Collins Photos.
01/09/2013. Pictured are (LtoR) Danny Connor, Bertie Ahern and Diarmuid Cooke after Dublin beat Kerry in the All Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Dublin will now face Mayo in the final. Photo: El Keegan.
01/09/2013. Pictured are (LtoR)Sara Hall, Niamh Lawler and Claire Carolan from Killiney after Dublin beat Kerry in the All Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Dublin will now face Mayo in the final. Photo: El Keegan.
01/09/2013. Pictured are (LtoR) John and Rebecca Sheridan 3 from Stepaside. Rebecca is the niece of Dublin player Michael Darragh McCauley
01/09/2013. Pictured are (LtoR) Eimear Stafford from Portmarnock, Orla Wright, Portmarnock, Una O'Brien, sister of Dublin player Kevin O'Brien. Sinéad Henry from rathfarmham and Orna Murphy from Portmarnock after Dublin beat Kerry in the All Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Dublin will now face Mayo in the final in two weeks. Photo: El Keegan.
1 September 2013; Flags hang from a vacant shop on Dorset Street. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Bernard Brogan, who was scoreless from play in the quarter-final win over Cork, turned sharply and pointed before Diarmuid Connolly dissected the uprights.

Kerry struck for a goal in the seventh minute when Donncha Walsh's beautiful reverse pass found James O'Donoghue who found the corner of the net.

Dublin almost responded in perfect fashion but Brogan flashed wide when released by Paul Mannion.

A sumptuous point from James O'Donoghue was followed by a second Kerry goal as sublime vision from Colm Cooper saw him pick our Donncha Walsh who slif the ball past Stephen Cluxton.

Dublin this time responded in the best possible fashion as Paul Mannion expertly flicked a tame Diarmuid Connolly point attempt to the back of the net.

A Cluxton free and a brace from Bernard Brogan saw the lead change hands as Dublin led by 1-6 to 2-2 aftre 16 minutes.

Colm Cooper equalised with a typically cool point before Kerry were awarded a penalty after Stephen Cluxton hauled down Donncha Walsh and O'donoghue converted it with aplomb.

Dublin substitute Pilly McMahon kicked a fortuious point that bounced over before Cian O'Sullivan and the Gooch swapped points to make it 3-4 to 1-8 after 22 minutes.

James O'Donoghue was wreaking havoc and kicked Kerry into a three-point lead.

Ciaran Kilkenny, who was anonymous in the first half hour, pulled a score back for the Dubs and they trailed by 3-5 to 1-9 at the interval.

Paul Galvin and Bernard Brogan traded points in the opening five minutes of the second half with thesecond half lull that has plagued Kerry this year failing to materialise.

Points from the Gooch and another from Galvin stretched the Kingdom's advantage to four by the 43rd minute but Dean Rock, who replaced Kilkenny, responded by pointing with his first contribution.

Bernard Brogan fluffed a decent goal chance but scored a free soon afterwards to make up for that tame effort.

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan raised white flags to draw the match level for the fourth time.

Dublin's tails were up and Diarmuid Connolly put Jim Gavin's men in front for the first time since the fourth minute with 20 minutes remaining.

Kieran Donaghy was summoned from the bench and he came on for Paul Galvin.

Cooper drew Kerry level after he was fould by Jonny Cooper but Rock restored Dublin's lead with 11 minutes left on the clock.

O'Donoghue restored parity for the sixth occasion in the game before Darran O'Sullivan scored from an incredibly acute angle.

Diarmuid Connolly assumed the responsibility to kick a free with his left foot and slotted it to leave things level with just two minutes to go.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but Kevin McManamon's attempt at a point flew over the head of Brendan Kealy and into the net.

Diarmuid Connolly popped up with the insurance point on the stroke of full-time.

Anthony Maher was sent-off for a second yellow in injury time and Eoghan O'Gara added a late goal as Dublin ran out seven point winners.

 

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