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Watch: Drama Galore As 14-Man Kerry Survive Late Monaghan Scare

It was far from easy but Kerry have booked their place in the Minor Football Final after a dramatic late showing sealed their win over Monaghan, despite being reduced to 14 men. We take you through all the major talking points from the breathless encounter.

There’s a new Geaney on the scene in Kerry

Kerry fans are used to hearing the name ‘Geaney’ in relation to top scorers but it was Dylan Geaney, a first cousin of Paul, that impressed in Croke Park today. The youngster was lively from the off, scoring five points in the opening half, three from play. He also floated a wonderful ball into the square in the last action before half-time but the Monaghan defender was fouled protecting his goal. Provided great link-up play with his fellow forwards and assisted in a number of other scores.

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Kerry’s audacious goal chance

On the five minute mark, Paul O’Shea found himself with little options inside and spotting that the Monaghan goalkeeper had strolled away from his line, he decided to chance an audacious effort on goal that very nearly paid off.

Ryan Farrellly was called into action again later in the half when Darragh Lyne sent a rasper of a shot his way.

David Mangan did eventually rattle Farrelly’s goal.

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Aaron Mulligan’s solo show for Monaghan

There was one player in particular that caught the eye for Monaghan with an inability to score average points. Aaron Mulligan scored four outrageous points in the first half, including this incredible effort.

His work rate was incredible and consistently made a nuisance of himself when he ran at the Kerry defence. At times he was found in his own half-back line winning possession. Mulligan worked himself into the ground and finished the game with six points.

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Dramatic closing minutes 

With eight minutes left on the clock, Kerry were reduced to 14 men but there was still six points between the sides. Then Monaghan were handed a lifeline through a goal by Jason Irwin.

Kerry tried to respond but Murphy could only watch his effort go wide. And then Monaghan struck again.

The Ulstermen were dealt a huge blow when Karl Gallagher was treated on the pitch and subsequently removed with a suspected dislocated shoulder. Paul Walsh was the ultimate hero for the Kingdom as he kicked over a late point to seal the win.

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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa Kennedy
Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter