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Kerry forward Stephen O'Brien cleared to play in the All-Ireland final against Dublin

Stephen O'Brien celebrates his goal against Tyrone last Sunday. Picture by Philip Walsh.
Andy Watters

KERRY forward Stephen O'Brien has been cleared to play in the All-Ireland final against Dublin.

The Kenmare clubman – who scored a match-winning 1-2 against Tyrone in last Sunday’s semi-final – brought his tally of black cards for the season to three when he was penalised for a foul on Peter Harte late in the game.

That meant he faced an automatic one-match ban but last night the Kerry County Board successfully appealed the black card O’Brien received against Meath in the Super 8s clearing the way for the fleet-footed attacker to play against five-in-a-row-chasing Dublin on 1 September at Croke Park.

Kerry manager Peter Keane explained: “You don't want to see any fellow miss out on the playing of the big day and Stephen has been very good for us this year and over the last few years he's been a key player for Kerry.

"This year in particular he's been playing very well for us."

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