Wednesday 14 November 2018

Down's 100pc record v kerry

Martin Breheny

1960: Down 2-10 Kerry 0-8

(All-Ireland final)

Down's first All-Ireland senior title was also the first time Sam Maguire crossed the Border.

The Mourne men's triumph was achieved in easier-than-expected circumstances with an eight-point victory over defending champions Kerry.

It was Kerry's biggest ever All-Ireland defeat in a final up to then, although Offaly went a point better (1-19 to 0-13) in the 1972 replay.

Two second-half goals by Down clinched the 1960 final, launching what was regarded as one of the best sides in football history.

Down -- E McKay; G Lavery, L Murphy, P Rice; K Mussen (capt), D McCartan, K O'Neill; J Carey, J Lennon; S O'Neill, J McCartan, P Doherty; T Hadden, P O'Hagan, B Morgan. Sub: K Denvir for Lennon.

Kerry -- J Culloty; J O'Shea, N Sheehy, T Lyons; Sean Murphy, K Coffey, M O'Dwyer; M O'Connell, J O'Connor; Seamus Murphy, T Long, P Sheehy (capt); G McMahon, John Dowling, T Lyne. Subs: Jack Dowling for John Dowling, J Brosnan for McMahon, D McAuliffe for Lyne.

1961: Down 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

"Being beaten in 1960 was a lesson for Kerry in how times were changing, but it wasn't heeded," recalled Mick O'Dwyer.

"Once again, there was a sense that everything would come right for us, just as it always seemed to. Physically, Down were much stronger and we reckoned that they must have done some weight training, which would have been unheard of in other parts of the country."

The match was level at half-time, but Kerry scored just one point in the second half, while Down kicked seven points.

Down went on to win the final, beating Offaly before an attendance of 90,556, a record for a GAA game.

1968: Down 2-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland final)

The scoreline did not reflect Down's superiority. A goal from a free late on by Brendan Lynch cut the margin to two points, but Down had been the dominant force for most of the game.

Goals by Sean O'Neill and John Murphy sent Down on their way to a 2-7 to 0-5 lead at half-time, an advantage which proved more than enough to give a Joe Lennon-captained side their third championship win of the decade over the Kingdom.

Down -- D Kelly; B Sloan, D McCartan, T O'Hare; R McConville, W Doyle, J Lennon (capt); J Milligan, C McAlarney; M Cole, P Doherty, J Murphy; P Rooney, S O'Neill, J Purdy. Subs: L Powell for Lennon, G Glynn for Powell.

Kerry -- J Culloty; Seamus Murphy, P O'Donoghue, S Burrows; Denis O'Sullivan, M Morris, Donie O'Sullivan; M O'Connell, M Fleming; B Lynch, P Griffin (capt), E O'Donoghue; T Prendergast, DJ Crowley, M O'Dwyer. Subs: P Moynihan for Prendergast, S Fitzgerald for Burrows.

1991: Down 2-9 Kerry 0-8

(All-Ireland semi-final)

Down had to wait 23 years after 1968 to return to the All-Ireland final, which they achieved with their fourth championship win over Kerry.

The Ulster champions trailed by a point at half-time, but Kerry managed just one point in the second half and were sunk by a late scoring burst, including a second goal from Peter Withnell.

It was Pat Spillane's last game for Kerry and he later reflected: "I spent the last 20 minutes of my Kerry career at full-forward. I could have sat down in an armchair because with Kerry persisting with a short passing, running game I saw virtually nothing of the ball."

Down, with current manager, James McCartan at left full-forward, went on to win the All-Ireland, beating Meath in the final.

Down -- N Collins; B McKernan, C Deegan, P Higgins; J Kelly, DJ Kane, P O'Rourke; B Breen, E Burns; R Carr, G Blaney, G Mason; M Linden, P Withnell, J McCartan. Subs: L Austin for Burns, A Rodgers for Withnell.

Kerry -- C Nelligan; S Stack, T Spillane, K Culhane; S Burke, C Murphy, M Nix; N O'Mahony, A O'Donovan; J Cronin, P Spillane, J O'Shea; P Dennehy, M Fitzgerald, T Fleming. Sub: D Lyne for Murphy.

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