Kerry V Kildare 1929 All-Ireland Final.

After an easy win over Mayo in the semi final it was another meeting with the mighty Kildare in the All-Ireland final.

The conditions were perfect, a beautiful sunny warm day and when the ball was thrown in the large crowd let out a mighty roar. Kildare were the fist to score after six minutes and showed that they were hungry for revenge.

Kildare scored another point from Paul Doyle but Kerry kept their cool and when the Kerrymen got going they oozed class. John Joe Sheehy kicked two excellent points and Jackie Ryan followed with another.

The Kingdom were getting stronger and stronger, John Joe Sheehy scoring another two points and after an unbelievable hand pass from Baily Sweeney knocked the ball into the net, the first time the Kildare goalkeeper, Reilly, had been beaten in the championship.

That goal proved to be a most valuable advantage as Kildare pulled their socks up and began to start playing. Martin scored a hard earned goal from 30 yards and soon afterwards just missed with another.

Kildare had Kerry on the rack and they knew it, they kept the Kerry defence at full stretch but the Kerry backs resisted to the last man. From a break Con Brosnan dashed past Fitzpatrick to score a much needed point.

But Kildare were not beaten yet, Paul Doyle scored a beautiful point and minutes later scored another and then another from Doyle. The score now was 1-6 to Kerry and 1-5 to Kildare; the tension was gripping each and everyone in Croke Park.

Both teams were driven to the last of their strength and energy and injuries began to mount on both sides. However the mighty John Joe Landers proved the man of the match with an incredible point from a pass from John Joe Sheehy.

Sheehy followed up with another point and that point was the victory point, the final score Kerry 1-8 to Kildare 1-5.

This was the first year that the Sam Maguire came to the County Of Kerry.

The 1929 All-Ireland Champions: Johnny Riordan, Joe Barrett (Captain), Jack Walsh, Dee O’Connor, Joe O`Sullivan, Tim O’Donnell, Paul Russell, Con Brosnan, Bob Stack, Miko Doyle, Jackie Ryan, John Joe Landers, John Joe Sheehy, Pedlar Sweeny, James Baily.


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