Another O'Loughlin family day out at Croke Park to see the All-Ireland football semi-final between Dublin and Kerry. The seven point margin flattered Dublin in the end, but for me they were just about the better team throughout. Kerry were brilliant at times in the first half, but could not keep going for 70 minutes.
A huge crowd of nearly 82,000 enjoyed six goals in a thrilling game. I thought Kerry were hanging on and some of their players indulged in a lot of fouling and spoiling the game. For long spells Kerry made a lot of mistakes and didn't really seem up to the challenge. Yet somehow with just a few minutes to go the game was level. Two late goals won it for the Dubs.
Dublin well deserved the win and will now meet Mayo in the All-Ireland Final. This will mean divided loyalties in our house as my two daughters will be up for the Dubs, Roma of course will be supporting Mayo. I'll be up for Wicklow, despite the fact that they will not be in the final.
Now - how to get tickets for the final?