2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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The 2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 113th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

Kerry defeated Galway after a replay. There was controversy over the decision to hold the replay on a Saturday, instead of the usual Sunday. Since then games on days other than Sundays have become commonplace.[1] Kerry ultimately triumphed over Galway by a scoreline of 0 – 17 to 1 – 10.[2]

Match 1[edit]

2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 24 September 2000
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee Brian White (Waterford)
1999
2001

Summary[edit]

The men from the Kingdom took on the Tribesmen on Sunday (24 September 2000) in Croke Park, Dublin in the battle for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title. The last time the two teams met in Croke Park in an All-Ireland Final was in 1965 -That game was won by Galway. However, this time the game ended in a draw. Galway trailed for most of the game and it wasn’t until three minutes from the end that they levelled the game after working tirelessly throughout to reduce the deficit. They could have been out of it altogether as at one stage they trailed a rampant Kerry team by seven points in the first half. They persevered though and in the end were rewarded with a draw. They could have easily won it but for 3 chances in the end, all fell gratefully into the hands of Kerry goalkeeper, Declan O'Keeffe. For Kerry, it was a Jekkyl & Hyde performance, a rampant show in the first half to sheer relief in the end. The final score was 0-14 points each. It was the first time since the 1992 All-Ireland Final that both sides failed to score a goal.[3][4]

Match details[edit]

Kerry
Green & Gold Shirts/White Shorts/Green Socks
0-14 - 0-14
(final score after 70 minutes)
Galway
Maroon & White Shirts/White shorts/Maroon Socks
Manager: Paidi Ó Sé

Team:
Declan O'Keeffe (GK)
Mike Hassett
Seamus Moynihan (Capt.)
Michael McCarthy
Tomás Ó Sé
Éamonn Fitzmaurice
Tom O'Sullivan
Darragh Ó Sé
Donal Daly
Aodán Mac Gearailt
Dara Ó Cinnéide
Noel Kennelly
Mike Frank Russell
Liam Hassett
John Crowley


Substitutes:
Peter O'Leary (GK)
Maurice Fitzgerald
Denis O'Dwyer
Killian Burns
Tommy Griffin
Enda Galvin
Mossie Lyons
Kenneth Dillon
Stephen O'Sullivan

Half-time:
0-09 - 0-06

Competition:
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
(Final)

Date:
15.30 BST
Sunday, September 24, 2001

Venue:
Croke Park, Dublin

Attendance:
 ?

Referee:
Pat McEnaney (Muineachán)

Match rules:
70 minutes.
Replay if scores still level.
Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Manager: John O'Mahony

Team:
Martin McNamara (GK)
Tomás Meehan
Gary Fahey
Ray Silke
Declan Meehan
John Divilly
Seán Óg De Paor
Seán Ó Dómhnaill
Joe Bergin
Paul Clancy
Tommy Joyce
Michael Donnellan
Derek Savage
Pádraic Joyce (Capt.)
Niall Finnegan


Substitutes:
Pádraig Lally (GK)
Richie Fahey
Jason Killeen
Kevin Walsh
Micheál Ó Callaráin
Shay Walsh
John Donnellan
Kieran Comer
Lorcán Ó Callaráin

Match 2[edit]

2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Final Replay
Date 7 October 2000
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance 64,094
2001

Summary[edit]

The replay of the 2000 All-Ireland Senior Football Final took place in Croke Park on Saturday, 7 October at 4:00pm. It was the first time since 1996 that the decider went to a replay. It wasn't the disjointed game of the 24th, that was replayed on the hallowed turf of Croke Park amidst the chants and jeers of the 64,000 strong crowd, rather a close, man-marked, point-for-point contest, that the pundits had predicted preceding the first game. The first half was a paradox of brilliant football and wide shooting. Declan Meehan broke through Kerry's defense, in the 6th minute, to score one of the best goals of the championship. Galway's one point lead boded ominous for Kerry but they rallied and began to pick their points amidst a shower of wides. The most definitive injury of the half was that of Kevin Walsh who had to be replaced by Joe Bergin. The occasion once again got to young Bergin as he didn't exert a major influence in the middle of the field and this led to Kerry's domination of this area especially after Maurice Fitzgerald replaced Noel Kennelly in the 27th minute and played as a third midfielder. As the team broke for half-time the score was 0-09 to 1-04 in favour of Kerry. A light drizzle fell in the second half. Fitzgearld settled into his position with the professional role familiar to all from the 97 season. Kevin Walsh was re-introduced for mid-fielder Sean O'Domhnaill to combat Fitzgearld's influence but he never played as dominant a part in the game as he had prior to his earlier injury and indeed the drawn game. The deteriorating pitch surface took its toll as players began to slip and slide along the Cusack sideline but with minutes left to play Kerry had opened their lead to 4 points and it stayed that way at the end.[5][6]

Match details[edit]

Kerry
Green & Gold Shirts/White Shorts/Green Socks
0-17 - 1-10
(final score after 70 minutes)
Galway
Maroon & White Shirts/White shorts/Maroon Socks
Manager: Paidi Ó Sé

Team:
Declan O'Keeffe (GK)
Mike Hassett
Seamus Moynihan (Capt.)
Michael McCarthy
Tomás Ó Sé
Eamon Fitzmaurice
Tom O'Sullivan
Darragh Ó Sé
Donal Daly
Aodhán Mac Gearailt
Dara Ó Cinnéide
Noel Kennelly
Mike Frank Russell
Liam Hassett
John Crowley


Substitutes:
Peter O'Leary (GK)
Maurice Fitzgerald
Denis O'Dwyer
Killian Burns
Tommy Griffin
Enda Galvin
Mossie Lyons
Kenneth Dillon
Stephen O'Sullivan

Half-time:
0-09 - 1-04

Competition:
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
(Final Replay)

Date:
15.30 BST
Saturday, October 7, 2001

Venue:
Croke Park, Dublin

Attendance:
64,094

Referee:
Brian White (Loch Gorman)

Match rules:
70 minutes.
Extra time if scores still level.
Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Manager: John O'Mahony

Team:
Martin McNamara (GK)
Tomás Meehan
Gary Fahey
Richie Fahey
Declan Meehan
John Divilly
Seán Óg De Paor
Kevin Walsh
Seán Ó Dómhnaill
Tommy Joyce
Pádraic Joyce (Capt.)
Michael Donnellan
Derek Savage
Paul Clancy
Niall Finnegan


Substitutes:
Padraig Lally (GK)
Ray Silke
Jason Killeen
Joe Bergin
Micheál Ó Callaráin
Shay Walsh
John Donnellan
Kieran Comer
Lorcán Ó Callaráin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breheny, Martin (6 October 2000). "Sunday `not a fun day'". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 
  2. ^ Kenny, Tom (14 April 2011). "The men who first brought Sam to Galway". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Kerry beat us in 2000 by 0-17 to 1-10, but the following year we won, beating Meath by 0 – 17 to 0 – 8. 
  3. ^ "Kerry claim All-Ireland title". BBC Sport. 7 October 2000. 
  4. ^ Milton, Alan (26 September 2000). "Drawn final was not even half a match". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 
  5. ^ "Kerry claim All-Ireland title". BBC Sport. 7 October 2000. 
  6. ^ "Kerry triumph in fruitless replay". Irish Times. 7 October 2000. Archived from the original on November 20, 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2013.