Kerry have already booked in for the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final on September 18. Now it’s the turn of Dublin and Donegal to attempt to join them when they clash in the second semi-final in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30pm).
It will be preceded by the minor semi- final between Dublin and Galway at 1.30pm. Dublin are bidding to reach the All-Ireland senior final for the first time since 1995 while Donegal last qualified for the final in 1992.
Donegal have won five games to reach the semi-final while Dublin won four. Both Dublin and Donegal played Kildare, each winning by a point. Dublin have played in dozens of All-Ireland semi-finals over the years but this will be only Donegal’s seventh appearance, having previously been there in 1972-74-83-90-92-2003. They reached the semi-final via the All-Ireland qualifiers, as opposed to being Ulster champions in 2003, losing by four points to Armagh.
If Donegal win, they will set up a first ever All-Ireland final clash with Kerry while a Dublin win would see them facing the Kingdom in the final for the first time since 1985.
Kerry reached the final for the seventh time in eight seasons by beating Mayo on a 1- 20 to 1-11 scoreline in last Sunday’s semi-final.