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Watch: Tempers Flare After Clifford Kicks Last Second Levelling Free For Kerry

Watch: Tempers Flare After Clifford Kicks Last Second Levelling Free For Kerry

Dublin and Kerry have renewed their rivalry in typically dramatic fashion at the start of 2020, with the two playing out a tense draw in Croke Park this evening.

The sides were nip and tuck throughout, with David Clifford and Dean Rock (from a penalty) exchanging goals in the opening period. Dublin would lead by a point at the interval, but it was Kerry who were ahead for the majority of the second half.

Their cause was aided by the dismissal of Eric Lowndes in the 58th minute for a black card followed by a yellow, and The Kingdom would lead by a point at this stage.

However, Dublin would retake the lead in injury time. A free from Dean Rock in the 96th minute looked like it had won the game for Dublin, but Kerry would be given the opportunity to find an equaliser.

They were awarded a free on the 45', but it would be moved up after James McCarthy kicked the ball away. David Clifford stepped up to take the dead ball, but tempers would flare between the sides after he slotted the ball over the bar.

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Not what we want to see at the end of a game, although it does point to a fierce rivalry developing between these two teams.

What was lost in the aftermath was a nice show of respect from Dean Rock, with the Dublin free-taker coming over to acknowledge Clifford after he secured the draw for his side.

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Gary Connaughton

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