Kerry V Dublin 1924 All-Ireland Football Final.

On April 26th 1925 Kerry and Dublin lined up for the 1924 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. Kerry had not won an All-Ireland trophy for ten years.

The year before Dublin beat Kerry 1-5 to Kerry’s 1-3. Kerry had refused to play the game over the non-release of political prisoners, but with a general amnesty declared the game was played on the 28th if September.

Previously Dublin had made objections concerning Dick Fitzgerald. Who referred the Dublin Mayo semi final and the Dublin supporters claimed he was biased in favour of Mayo.

Therefore by the time the match was played there was no love lost between the two teams. The final insult just before the match came from the Dublin Captain Paddy McDonell stating that “ Kerry hadn’t an earthly chance of beating them.”

This did not frighten Kerry, their trainer Dr Eamon O`Sullivan and team captain Phil O`Sullivan were confident that Kerry would win another championship. They were hungry for another All-Ireland.

Admission to the covered stand was five shillings, heavy rain fell all that morning but by the start of the game the rain had cleared and the sun was shinning.

The Killarney Pipes band lead in Kerry and the Dublin Transport Workers Brass and Reed Band played in front of the Dublin team.

The 1924 All-Ireland Final turned out to be one of the toughest and nail biting finals for years. Neither team gave any quarter and it was catch and kick from end to end. Kerry looking for amends to the previous year and Dublin’s pride.

It was 20 minutes before the first score came. Dublin got a free 40 yds out from the Kerry goal and Synott sent it over the bar. Kerry attacked but missed a number of frees until an inch perfect ball from Con Brosnan into the Dublin square and Bill landers rose to punch a point for Kerry.

Dublin pressed hard and Synott once again put them in front but Kerry equalised with a brilliant point from 40yds by John Baily. Kerry’s exceptional midfielder Con Brosnan kicked another point to give them the lead at half-time. 0-3 to 0-2.

When the throw out was taken in the second half Dublin immediately pressured Kerry, Pat McDonnell and Johnny Murphy played excellent football and from 50yds McDonnell scored a brilliant point to level the sides.

As the second half wore on neither side could get the upper hand as both teams gave it everything they had got. Everybody thought it was going to be a deserved draw.

However Kerry where single-minded to achieve victory as they battled for a breakthrough. Paul Russell, solid as a rock kicked the ball repeatedly into the Dublin half, Landers caught one of them but narrowly shot wide of the post.

Then Kerry stormed through the Dublin Midfield and Baily pulverised the Dublin defence with a brilliant goal. But it was not to be the whistle had gone and Bialy’s goal was disallowed.

It was a free in, 20yds from the Dublin goal and Brosnan shot Kerry into a one-point lead, delighting the Kerry supporters. Then the game took on an end-to-end battle at one time Jack Sheehy made an almost impossible save to deny a Dublin goal.

Kerry where on the attack when the final whistle was blown and the two exhausted teams shook hands and congratulated each other. Kerry had beaten the reigning All-Ireland Champions 0-4 to 0-3. After ten years they where once again The Kingdom.

Next morning The Irish Times reported:

“During the period of the second half Dublin’s aggression the magnificent work of Kerry’s back line roused spectators to a high pitch of excitement, and I really think the game was won and lost during those hectic minutes. Barrett and Co. slashed back the invading tide as the Kerry cliffs brave the Atlantic’s wildest storms and soon the Kingdom men were looking for victory at the other end.”

Man of the match was Con Brosnan, the Moyvane Wizard.

The Team back from the wilderness 1924: Jack Sheehy, Phil Sullivan (Captain), Joe Barrett, Jerry Moriarty, Johnny Murphy, Paul Russell, Jack Walsh, Con Brosnan, Bob Stack, Jackie Ryan, John Joe Sheehy, Mundy Prendiville, John Baily, Jimmy Baily, Bill Landers.


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