Two Donegal teams were defeated as they battled it out against the Kingdom of Kerry on a green and gold Sunday in Croke Park yesterday.
Donegal had taken Dublin by storm the night before and the streets had been a sea of green and gold which yesterday swooped through the turnstiles at Croke Park.
Donegal Minors were the first to take to the pitch.
Thousands of Donegal fans lined the pitch, supporting the players who fought their hardest against an athletic Kerry side.
The young team proved both their worth and potential as the game progressed.
When the final whistle blew, Kerry had taken the title with the minors being beaten 0-17 to 1-10.
However, the Kerry victory was well-earned having fought off a gaining Donegal side who powered ahead, gaining points in the final minutes.
The Donegal team came within a point of the Kerry team as they fought to regain their lead in the crucial countdown.
Supporters steadied themselves for the senior game and waited for the Donegal Senior team to take to the pitch.
As Amhrán na bhFiann began to play, fans in Croke Park, across the nation and in countries across the world sat at the edge of their seats hoping that today would be the day that Jim McGuinness and his teams would bring the Sam Maguire, once again, back to Donegal.
However, Donegal supporters were shocked when Kerry’s Paul Geaney netted in the opening minute.
Donegal fought back with three Michael Murphy frees to draw level at 0-06 to 1-03 by half-time.
Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy’s goal in the 52nd-minute drove Kerry four clear, and the Donegal men attempted to win the game back with a late exchange of scores from Christy Toye and Bryan Sheehan.
A scramble in the Kerry goalmouth in the final minutes resulted in Colm McFadden hitting a post.
A Donegal team who fought hard and gave it their all but Kerry won their 37th All-Ireland Senior Football Championship crown with a 2-09 to 0-12 win over Donegal at Croke Park.
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