And a great commentary that is. A few other things always stand out for me to want to know more from that game, Kerry 4 ahead, TOSé hits great pass to KYoung, takes out the whole Dublin swarm defence, Young in loads of space to swing a shot, gives it to Gooch, who is not in space, and running away from goal to a worse angle.
Nothing against KY but considering what happened near the end of the final last year, plus the fumble and intercepted pass that allowed the Dublin counterattack for the goal in 2011 (with Kerry backs up field) he must curse the sight of blue and navy. Played a super game this year in the semi though.
Also from the 2011 final, if we had lost we'd be asking why oh why didn't Kevin go to punch the ball for that goal chance from the Barry Cahill pass?
How on earth did BBrogan overrun the pass from (whoever) that went over his head (and MOSés head) near the end? He clearly misjudged it and its easier not to. Catch and turn there, certain point, possibly even a goal chance.
If MDMA had got that point to go 2 up I wonder what would have happened? Kerry get a point, then all-out Dublin defending deep to hang on? Kerry win a free to equalise? Sure worked out better!
Who would have won the replay? Almost certainly Kerry. We had much better prep for the final than them.
The MCCauley interceptions that set up attacks for the goal and Nolans point were exceptional pieces of work that never got the credit, even when he has done similar in the biggest games since. I always remember the harping on about "Kerry mistakes", starting with ItMustBeSaid, and Wee Bitterín on the radio.
Dublin got virtually no luck whatsoever in the 15-20 minutes of the 2nd half up til the KY fumble etc. That they didn't panic, and maintained shape and intensity is a great testament to the prep, leadership, and what was learned during that year, and from 2010.
Otherwise Kerry had that sewn up, one more point ahead we would surely have had to commit more to attack, and get picked off. The goal coming right then made all the difference. A couple of points would only have made Kerry go deeper, then we can't get a goal, and Kerry keep their noses in front.
The fact that Kerry pushed up to kill the game gloriously after the Gooch point, was the main thing that allowed the goal chance. Without that the cover would have been there. They had no need to push half-backs up (Young a fullback?) at 4 ahead. I think finally they lost a bit of focus, thought they had it in the bag, and that can be fatal because mentally it's very hard to get it back.