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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Tyrone triumph in Croker decider
ALL-IRELAND FOOTBALL FINAL
Brian Dooher lifted the Sam Maguire after Tryone's three-point win over Kerry
Tyrone claimed the All-Ireland title for the second time in three years with a superb 1-16 to 2-10 victory over Kerry in Sunday's final at Croke Park.

Kerry made the better start and Dara O'Cinneide netted for the Kingdom but Tyrone hit back and led 1-8 to 1-5 at half-time after a Peter Canavan goal.

The Ulster side dominated the second half although Tomas S reduced the gap to one point with a goal.

Tyrone stayed in control and went on to secure a deserved triumph.

Kerry got off to the perfect start with points from Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan.

But Ryan Mellon fired over twice to level the game before Kerry landed the first major blow on seven minutes.

Cooper supplied the pass for O'Cinneide, who slotted the ball past Pascal McConnell into the bottom corner.

Tyrone forward Owen Mulligan registered his point before Brosnan restored the three-point gap.

Brian McGuigan wasted a good goal opportunity for the Red Hands but his team were soon to show their class in front of goal.

Points from Mulligan, Dooher and two from Stephen O'Neill put Tyrone ahead for the first time.

Cooper equalised but Tyrone hit back with an injury-time goal, Canavan placing the ball inside the post after an intelligent lay-off from Mulligan.

We played 10 games and it has been a long, hard road
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte

McGuigan extended the lead before Darragh S pointed to leave the Ulster side three ahead at the break.

Tyrone's goalscorer Canavan was replaced at half-time by Collie Holmes.

Cooper claimed the first point in the second half but Mulligan replied before O'Cinneide sent the ball over for Kerry.

O'Neill scored two excellent points as Tyrone started to exert control while the Red Hands brought Chris Lawn on for Joe McMahon.

Mulligan made it five points between the sides but Darragh S reduced the deficit with a point.

And Tomas S made the gap just one point when he blasted the ball into the net from close range on 57 minutes.

Canavan was back on to replace Enda McGinley and he pointed before Cooper responded for Kerry.

O'Neill's free gave Tyrone a two-point cushion before Cooper scored his fifth point of the game.

McGuigan made it 2-10 to 1-15 with four minutes left and Red Hands half-back Philip Jordan scored his first point a minute before the end to seal a three-point success for Mickey Harte's men.

Tyrone: P McConnell; R McMenamin, J McMahon, M McGee; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan (0-1); E McGinley, S Cavanagh; B Dooher (capt) (0-1), B McGuigan (0-3), R Mellon (0-2); P Canavan (1-1), S O'Neill (0-4), O Mulligan (0-4). Subs: C Holmes for Canavan half-time, C Lawn for McGinley 48, Canavan for McGinley 52.

Kerry: D Murphy; M S, M McCarthy, T O'Sullivan; T S, S Moynihan, A O'Mahony; D S, W Kirby, P Galvin, E Brosnan, L Hassett, C Cooper, D O'Sullivan, Capt, D Cinnide. Subs: MF Russell for Hassett, Declan O'Sullivan for O Cinneide, E Fitzmaurice for Moynihan.

Referee: Mick Monahan (Kildare).




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