In the spotlight: Kerry players celebrateas a supporter rushes onto the pitch after the final whistle in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Goal a moment of vintage opportunism from Kerry cult hero

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring Kerry’s second goal  with team-mate James O’Donoghue during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Evolution of master species still brings out a familiar result against Donegal

Donegal’s Leo McLoone is challenged by Aidan O’Mahony of Kerry in 2012’s All Ireland senior football championship quarter-final in Croke Park, which the northerners won en route to an All-Ireland title. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Until two years ago, Donegal had never even played Kerry in the All- Ireland championship. Now, they will meet them in both minor (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Anthony Thompson of Donegal stretch for the ball during the All-Ireland semi-final in which Donegal emerged victorious. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Reaching final is testament to this side’s honesty and hunger for success

Donegal’s Eamon McGee gets ahead of  Tony Kernan of Armagh during the All-Ireland football quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Full back believes self pity is useless as he prepares to face Kerry in All-Ireland final

Rory Kavanagh of Donegal in action against Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Kavanagh kicked a big point during his side’s recovery late in the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A red card and injury has meant a slow summer for the Donegal man

Donegal’s Neil McGee in the semi-final against Dublin last month. “Like a lot of teams we are together a long time.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

That Donegal are ‘back again’ has surprised many but not iron-man full-back

Paul Durcan in action against ace Dublin forward  Bernard Brogan in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Keeper’s restarts and shot stopping have drawn comparison with role revolutionary Stephen Cluxton

Jim McGuinness celebrates with Michael Murphy at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: /Morgan Treacy/Inpho

McGuinness puts kingdom’s success down to attention to detail and dedication

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