As It Happened: Cork v Kerry, Munster senior football final

Who’ll prevail in today’s showdown in Páirc Uí Chaoimh?

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THE REBELS AND The Kingdom in the last Munster senior football final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh before the stadium is re-developed. We’re going to follow the action all the way.

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Result: Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12

Here’s how Cork start today:

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
5. James Loughrey (Mallow)
6. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)
7. Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven)
8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
10. Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig)
11. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
12. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)
14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
15. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

And here’s the Kerry team named to start:


1. Brian Kelly – Killarney Legion
2. Marc Ó Sé – An Ghaeltacht
3. Aidan O’Mahony – Rathmore
4. Shane Enright – Tarbert
5. Paul Murphy – Rathmore
6. Killian Young – Renard
7. Fionn Fitzgerald – Dr Crokes (C)
8. Anthony Maher – Duagh
9. Johnny Buckley – Dr Crokes
10. Stephen O’Brien – Kenmare
11. Bryan Sheehan – St Marys
12. Donnchadh Walsh – Cromane
13. Paul Geaney – Dingle
14. Declan O’Sullivan – Dromid Pearses
15. James O’Donoghue – Killarney Legion

We’re ten minutes away from throw-in here at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Here’s the Cork subs today:

David Hanrahan, Jamie O’Sullivan, Tomas Clancy, Conor Dorman, Andrew O’Sullivan, Ruairi Deane, Colm O’Driscoll, Mark Collins, Colm O’Neill, John Hayes, Donal Og Hodnett.

And here’s the Kerry subs:

Brendan Kealy, Peter Crowley, Darran O’Sullivan, David Moran, Michael Geaney, Mark Griffin, Kieran Donaghy, Kieran O’Leary, Barry John Keane, Jonathan Lyne, Daithi Casey.

Meath’s Cormac Reilly is the referee here for today’s game.

We’re getting set for action.

Cork 0-2 Kerry 0-2: 4 mins – Bright start all round as Cork race into a two point lead through Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding before Kerry hit back through James O’Donoghue and Johnny Buckley.

Cork 0-3 Kerry 0-2: 7 mins – Half a goal chance for Cork’s Barry O’Driscoll but he shoots low and wide under pressure. Good news for Cork is that a free is awarded and Goulding taps over the free.

Cork 0-3 Kerry 0-3: 8 mins – It’s all square again after O’Donoghue taps over a free for Kerry.

Cork think they’ve hit the front through Daniel Goulding but the umpire waves it wide and Cork aren’t happy with that decision.

Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-3: 12 mins – No mistakes on the Kerry side as James O’Donoghue shows a quick turn of pace to evade Michael Shields and point off his left. Kerry backed by a big wind in the opening period.

Yellow card for Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony.

Kerry 0-5 Cork 0-3: 15 mins – First point of the day for Kerry’s Paul Geaney as they extend their lead.

Ruairi Deane is in as a blood sub for Cork for Fintan Goold.

Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-3: 17 mins – Another stunning point for Kerry, again off his left from Paul Geaney.

Couple of wides on the Cork side from Brian Hurley and Paul Kerrigan. They trail by three.

Worry for Cork as Ruairi Deane, who’s had previous knee problems, goes down with an injury.

Fintan Goold is back on for Cork for Deane, who looks like he will be stretchered off.

The game resumes after that lengthy stoppage. A tough break for Deane as Anthony Maher kicks wide for Kerry.

Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-3: 23 mins – Kerry completely on top with quick deliveries into their forward line and they profit from that tactic again as O’Donoghue lays off to Buckley who lofts over a terrific point. That all stemmed from Aidan Walsh being robbed in possession upfield by Stephen O’Brien.

Good chance for Kerry to extend their lead but O’Donoghue screws a free badly wide.

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James Loughrey and Fionn Fitzgerald

Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-3: 26 mins – Sheehan knocks over a free to stretch the lead for a Kerry team that are in complete control.

Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-3: 27 mins – O’Donoghue on target again with another really stylish point for Kerry.

Goal chance for Kerry for O’Donoghue after being fed by Geaney but his low shot is saved smartly by Ken O’Halloran.

Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-3: 31 mins – That’s excellent play from Kerry, great creative work by Geaney and O’Donoghue to set up Stephen O’Brien to launch over a super point.

Kerry 0-11 Cork 0-3: 32 mins – Kerry are running riot as the ball is offloaded to Sheehan from Buckley and he smashes a shot over the bar.

Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-3: 34 mins – Kerry are so on top. Maher flights in a ball to Geaney who gets past Cadogan and fires over off the outside of his right boot.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-3: 35 mins – This is turning into a rout as Declan O’Sullivan bangs over another point.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-4: 35 mins – Excellent kick from the sideline from a free by Goulding. Cork badly needed that point.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-5: 38 mins – Great run by Paul Kerrigan creates the chance for Fintan Goold to punch over a point for Cork.

Half-Time: Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-5

Two Cork changes at half-time, Colm O’Neill and Colm O’Driscoll in for Pa Kelly and John O’Rourke.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-6: 37 mins – Brian Hurley taps over an early free for Cork after Colm O’Neill was tripped.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-7: 38 mins – Goulding taps over a free after Goold is fouled for Cork.

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-8: 40 mins – Great start to the second-half by Cork as Goulding converts a ’45.

Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-8: 41 mins – Sheehan knocks over a ’45 for a really vital score for Kerry.

Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-8: 43 mins – Stephen O’Brien is fouled by the Cork defence and O’Donoghue curls over the free.

Big chance for Kerry to put the game to bed as O’Donoghue offloads to O’Brien and he smashes a shot against the bar.

Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-8: 45 mins – Class stuff by O’Donoghue as he skips clear for another point for Kerry.

Sub: Mark Collins is on for Cork for Barry O’Driscoll.

Kerry 0-17 Cork 0-8: 46 mins – Sheehan curls over a sublime free for Kerry.

Kerry 0-17 Cork 0-9: 47 mins – Cork pull a point back courtesy of Hurley from a free.

Kerry 0-19 Cork 0-9: 49 mins – O’Donoghue again on the mark for Kerry and that’s followed up by a quality point by Donnchadh Walsh.

Subs: Peter Crowley on for Aidan O’Mahony for Kerry while Jamie O’Sullivan replaces Tom Clancy on the Cork team.

Sub: Darran O’Sullivan on for Kerry for Stephen O’Brien.

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John OÕRourke and Thomas Clancy with Aidan OÕMahony

Kerry 0-20 Cork 0-9: 56 mins – Johnny Buckley on the mark as Kerry get another point.

Subs: John Hayes in for Cork for Aidan Walsh while Kerry bring in David Moran for Bryan Sheehan.

Kerry 0-20 Cork 0-10: 57 mins – Cork pull a point back through Daniel Goulding.

Kerry 0-21 Cork 0-10: 58 mins – Excellent point for Kerry from Johnny Buckley.

Kerry 0-22 Cork 0-10: 59 mins – What a performance by James O’Donoghue for Kerry. He brings his return for the day to 0-8.

Half a goal chance for Cork as Brian Hurley unleashes a blistering drive that Brian Kelly beats away in goal for Kerry.

Kerry 0-23 Cork 0-10: 60 mins – That’s 0-9 now for O’Donoghue, another quality point by the Legion club man.

Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-10: 62 mins – This is turning into some hammering. O’Donoghue notches his 10th point of the day for Kerry.

Subs: Kerry bring in Kieran O’Leary and Barry John Keane for Walsh and Geaney. Cork replace Noel Galvin with Tomas Clancy (Fermoy).

Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-11: 64 mins – Brian Hurley knocks over a free for Cork.

Sub: Kieran Donaghy on for Kerry for Buckley.

Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12: 69 mins – Brian Hurley rises high to punch a Goulding delivery from a free over the bar.

Red card for Cork’s John Hayes.

Full-Time: Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12

All over and it’s a great day for Kerry as they run out comfortable winners by 12 points. They’ll go forward to the All-Ireland quarter-finals with confidence now. Cork head for the qualifiers and difficult challenge ahead for them to turn it around.

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