Monday, February 28, 2011

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

The second of the Allianz Spring Series matches got underway in Croke Park on Saturday night in front of a good sized crowd. Dublin were for once favourites to beat Kerry, but had to wait until injury time to score the winning point and survive a last kick of the ball free for Kerry that went wide.

Goals were a feature in this game with Dublin taking their chances and Kerry not doing so. In fact Kerry were woeful with some scoring attempts that went miles wide. The majestic Colm Cooper did keep Kerry in the game with some super points, but otherwise they were wasteful and perhaps should have won. See full match report from Irish Independent here.

On this evidence Dublin will be difficult to beat this season. They have scored three goals in each of the last two games, so tighter marking might stop them - I felt all three of Dublin's goals were soft goals to concede. As for Kerry - they played well, but fell short. I did admire some of their slick passing and fielding, and of course Cooper's scores. It was also a bit awe-inspiring to see so many players with dozens of All-Ireland medals between them on the pitch (none on the Dublin side).

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