2008 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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2008 All-Ireland Football Final
Event 2008 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 21 September 2008
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee Maurice Deegan (Laois)
Attendance 82,204
2007
2009

The 2008 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 121st All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

Background[edit]

Kerry and Tyrone defined the decade. Since 2000, they had hoovered up titles in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007 (Kerry) and 2003, 2005 (Tyrone). This led to Martin Breheny calling the 2008 final the "most decade-defining clash since Dublin v Kerry in the late 1970s".[1]

2008 was the first final between two teams who had been beaten in their Provincial Championship. Kerry were reigning champions and were gunning for three-in-a-row. Tyrone had looked dead and buried after being knocked out of their Ulster quarter-final by Down after extra-time in a replay but had bounced back through the rear door.[2][3]

Tyrone had beaten Wexford in their semi-final, while Kerry had beaten Cork after a replay in their semi-final.[4][5][6]

Match summary[edit]

Tyrone beat Kerry by four points to claim their third All-Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breheny, Martin (3 September 2008). "The snarl-off for Sam: Two big dogs of the decade - Kerry and Tyrone - are primed for Croker day of reckoning". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Murray, Shane (21 September 2008). "Kerry 0-14 Tyrone 1-15 matchtracker". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Way cleared for intriguing football final". Hogan Stand. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Tyrone 0-23 Wexford 1-14". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 31 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 31 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Cork 3-07 Kerry 1-13". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 25 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 31 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.