Monday 27 January 2020

Three is magic number

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

Kevin Heffernan's theory about any All-Ireland where you beat Kerry being worth two may be underselling it a bit in the context of tomorrow's final.

The godfather of modern Dublin GAA had many of his defining battles as both a player and a manager with the Kingdom, though none could be said to have quite as much riding on it as the 15th meeting of football's traditional superpowers in the game's showpiece.

Jim Gavin's team stand on the brink of immortality, one win away from achieving what no inter-county team in either football or hurling have managed in the 135-year history of the GAA.

Standing between them and confirmed greatness is a young Kerry team who have inherited the responsibility for stopping Dublin achieve what Kerry themselves narrowly failed to do in 1982, when Seamus Darby scored the most famous goal in GAA history.

It is over a decade since Kerry last beat Dublin in the Championship, stretching back to the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final.

And though they have 37 All-Ireland titles in their illustrious football history, none would taste as sweet as a victory tomorrow.

The stage is set for one of the defining matches in GAA history.

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