- @!@Dublin vs Kerry Live Stream GAA Football SFC Semi Final. Today sees the latest instalment of the rivalry that defines the GAA as Dublin welcome Kerry toMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2013View Source@!@Dublin vs Kerry Live Stream GAA Football SFC Semi Final.
Today sees the latest instalment of the rivalry that defines the GAA as Dublin welcome Kerry to Croke Park for the second All Ireland semi-final. In another era a meeting between these two sides at this stage would be seen as the real decider of the competition, but with a powerful looking Mayo side waiting in the final one team or the other will have to put in two massive performances to seal All Ireland glory.
The pretext for this game differs somewhat from most of the recent meetings between the two sides, in that Dublin are clear and justifiable favourites, although fans in the capital will no doubt be wary of that position having been famously stung in 2009 when a Kerry side whose demise had been greatly exaggerated sprang to life and put Pat Gilroy’s men to the sword.
Sunday, September 1
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship 2013 Semi Final
Dublin vs Kerry, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15:30 (Live on RTÉ)
There is little doubt that the form guide points very strongly towards Dublin ahead of this clash. Having disposed of Tipperary and Waterford with the expected ease in the early rounds, Kerry appeared to serve notice of their All Ireland credentials when putting on a scintillating show in the first half of the Munster final against neighbours Cork. The second half, however, reraised persistent questions about the Kingdom’s ability to put in a 70 minute display, as the Rebels came roaring back as Kerry wilted under the beaming sun in Killarney.
Having hung on for a two point win on that occasion, Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men repeated the trick in the All Ireland quarter-final against Cavan, slicing through the Breffni men to build up a nine point lead in the first half before stuttering in the second. Again, they got the win, but questions certainly need to be asked of the stamina of a side whose most prominent members are entering if not already in the twilight of their careers.
Dublin, by comparison, are a side with youth, pace and fitness most definitely on their side. In a campaign where seasoned veterans like Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly have occasionally flattered to deceive, it is youngsters Jack McCaffrey and Ciaran Kilkenny who have been outstanding.
Having abandoned the defensive system with which Pat Gilroy masterminded the 2011 All Ireland success, new manager Jim Gavin preaches from the pulpit of open, expansive and, above all, attacking football. Dublin’s success so far this year has been based on a platform of speed, with goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton looking to get the ball in play as quickly as possible, and with the wing backs breaking forward at pace, creating overlaps and numerical mismatches in the opposition defence.