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Kerry finally end Dublin's run to claim league title in Croker

Dublin 1-16 Kerry 0-20

By John Campbell

All good things come to an end but not necessarily in the heart-stopping, spellbinding fashion in which Dublin surrendered their virtual ownership of the Allianz Football League in front of 53,000 fans at a captivated Croke Park yesterday.

A match that had ebbed and flowed throughout reached a gripping climax in the 5th minute of added time when Dean Rock miscued a long-range free when a draw looked certain.

Instead, today Kerry not only have the league crown in their possession but they have ended Dublin's 36-match unbeaten run extending over two years in league and championship fare. What's more, the Kingdom have rapped out a defiant All-Ireland Championship message that will certainly not be lost on teams such as Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan in particular.

Jack Barry, Jack Savage, Ronan Shanahan, Tadgh Morley and Jonathan Lyne are not household names yet but before the summer is out - a lot more will be heard from them.

And a league which has served up its share of haute cuisine fare provided a finishing dish yesterday that will leave a pleasant taste in the mouth for some time to come - certainly for the neutrals.

Scorers: Kerry: Geaney 0-8 (5f), Moran 0-3 (1 '45'), Walsh, Geaney (0-2 each), Savage, Murphy, Barry, McCarthy, Sheehan (0-1 each).

DUBLIN: Rock 0-6 (4f), Mannion 1-2, Reddin, Kilkenny (0-2 each), Flynn, McMahon, McCarthy, Connolly, (0-1 each).

Referee: Paddy Neiland (Roscommon).

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