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Another year, another clash between Cork and Kerry in the Munster SFC.

Kerry’s dominance in this province has possibly eroded the sharpness in the rivalry between these two sides, but Cork have enjoyed a lot of buoyancy in recent times.

They’ve already bagged promotion out of Division 3 and they certainly gave Peter Keane’s side a scare in last year’s Munster final.

They’re meeting in the semi-final this time around with a final date with Tipperary up for grabs at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Stay tuned for the team line-ups in the coming minutes with throw-in to come at 4pm.

Here’s the Cork team in text form

1. Micheal Martin (Nemo Rangers)

2. Sean Powter (Douglas)
3. Maurice Shanley (Clonakilty)
4. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)

5. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
6. Sean Meehan (Kiskeam)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
9. Killian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig)

10. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
11. Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg)
12. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

13. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
21. Paul Walsh (Kanturk)

Kerry: S Ryan, J Foley, T Morley, T O’Sullivan P Murphy, P Crowley, G White D Moran, D O’Connor B Ó Beaglaíoch, S O’Shea, R Buckley T Brosnan, D Clifford, D Moynihan.

Brian Ó Beaglaíoch replaces Stephen O’Brien.

Conditions are dreadful in Cork and the ball is going to be greasy. Throw-in is coming up shortly. 

1 min: Cork 0-0 Kerry 0-0

And we’re off in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. A bit of a needle between David Moran and Ian Maguire before the throw-in but we’re off the mark now.

 2 mins: Cork 0-0 Kerry 0-0

Mark Collins underhits a free that looked pretty scoreable, and Kerry go on their first attack up the pitch.

3 mins: Cork 0-0 Kerry 0-0

Some info on the match-ups 

4 mins: Cork 0-0 Kerry 0-1

David Clifford swings the ball over off his left to open Kerry’s account. Tony Brosnan earns a free shortly after which Seán O’Shea fails to connect with and Cork keeper Michael Martin gathers the ball with ease.

10 mins: Cork 0-0 Kerry 0-1

As expected, the ball is proving very slippery in the opening minutes. A lot of tackles going in and physical excanges.

Brosnan tries an attempt at the posts but doesn’t catch the kick properly as Kerry end up with a ’45.

12 mins: Cork 0-1 Kerry 0-1

Mark Collins launches a pass into Brian Hurley, who takes the mark and duly pops the ball over the bar.

We’re at level pegging after 12 minutes.

13 mins: Cork 0-1 Kerry 0-2


Martin reacts to get down low and keep out a goal bound shot from Brian Ó Beaglaíoch.  The rebound spills to Ronan Buckley who kicks Kerry’s second point of the game.

17 mins: Cork 0-1 Kerry 0-1

Tadhg Morley takes a heavy hit from John O’Rourke who was trying to come and challenge for possession in front of the Kerry goal, but came in too fast on the wet surface.

18 mins: Cork 0-2 Kerry 0-2

Collins doubles both his own and Cork’s tally with a lovely shot from distance to make it a draw game at the first water break.

21 mins: Cork 0-2 Kerry 0-3

Another point for Clifford. Cork come back down the pitch with a move that results in a goal chance for Hurley.

He overplays the ball slightly and gets blocked down.

Plenty of drama in the opening exchanges, and Cork will be very happy that they’re proving to be a match for Kerry at this stage.

23 mins: Cork 0-3 Kerry 0-3

Cork gobble up two Kerry attacks as Sean Powter charges forward to curl the ball over the bar.

It’s all square once again.

24 mins: Cork 0-3 Kerry 0-4

Dara Moynihan puts his name on the scoresheet to provide a response for Kerry. O’Shea looked to have pointed from a narrow angle but he shoots it wide under pressure.

27 mins: Cork 0-3 Kerry 0-5

Clifford brings his tally to three points with a free after Brosnan was fouled.

The rain is bucketing down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, making it very hard to get the fundamentals right.

Killian O’Hanlon kicks Cork’s first wide.

27 mins: Cork 0-4 Kerry 0-5

Cork had a free taken away for remonstrating with a player, but they win the ball back again from the throw-up and another free is awarded.

No indiscipline this time as Collins taps it over to stay hot on Kerry’s heels.

35 mins: Cork 0-6 Kerry 0-5

O’Hanlon slots the equaliser from a ’45 before Cork take the lead through Kevin O’Donovan.

One minute of added time to be played.

 Cork 0-6 Kerry 0-5

We probably didn’t see this coming before throw-in but Cork have adjusted well in the wet conditions to dictate the final stages of that first half.

Kerry were sloppy with some of their attempts at the posts while Cork have made more of the chances they’ve created.

They hit the last three scores to take that one-point lead into the break. Can they sustain this in the second half?

36 mins: Cork 0-6 Kerry 0-6

No changes to either side for the second half. The rain is still falling badly as Brosnan ties up the game for a fifth time.

Cork 0-6 Kerry 0-6


Clifford unleashes a bullet at the Cork goal, but it fizzes wide of the post. That would have been an early candidate for goal of the year had it hit the net.

Cork 0-6 Kerry 0-6

We can actually hear the rain falling and the monsoon conditions also interfered with the TV signal as well.

This is just going to be an arm wrestle to the end.

43 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-6

Cork stole the lead back through O’Hanlon when the signal was gone.

Cork subs: Collingwood’s Mark Keane is in, as is Luke Connolly, who was a notable omission from the starting team.

46 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-6

Sniff of a Kerry chance as the ball comes back into play off the post. But Brosnan is smothered quickly to lose possession. 

Kerry sub: Dara Moynihan is replaced by Stephen O’Brien. John O’Rourke and Colm O’Callaghan were the players to make way for those earlier Cork changes.

49 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-6

Uncharacteristic miss from Clifford from a free. Kerry know they’re in a big fight now. Cork are well in this contest.

Another Kerry change: Killian Spillane comes in for Tony Brosnan.

52 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-6

Ronan Buckley is dismissed with a black card as Kerry continue to struggle.

53 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-6

Cork still lead at the final water break. Incredibly, both sides have only scored one point each since half-time.

Meanwhile, Michael Hurley has been replaced by Paul Walsh.

56 mins: Cork 0-7 Kerry 0-7

Substitute Spillane gets the equaliser as he fists the ball over the bar. It sets us up for a grand stand finish.

The rain has stopped but that’s still a very wet surface out there.

56 mins: Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-7

A lot of patient build-up play results in Collins drawing a free from Gavin White.

He puts it over himself to bring his tally to 0-3 and Cork are in front again coming into the final 10 minutes of normal time.

62 mins: Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-8

The referee brings play back for a Kerry free after initially allowing advantage.

O’Shea steps up to take the free from the ground and coolly splits the posts with his effort.

Are we heading for extra-time? Remember, this is do or die territory. Whoever loses today is out of the championship.

64 mins: Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-9

Kerry lead!

O’Shea showing real leadership when the need was greatest. Just moments after converting that equalising free, he kicks another point to put the Kingdom ahead.

68 mins: Cork 0-9 Kerry 0-10

Kerry go two in front. Killian Spillane makes a burst to put himself and space and drills the ball high and over the bar.

Luke Connolly reduces the gap to one seconds later with a lovely effort off his right boot.

68 mins: Cork 0-9 Kerry 0-10

Black card for David Moran! A second black card for Kerry after Ronan Buckley’s dismissal.

70 mins: Cork 0-9 Kerry 0-10

Three minutes of additional time as Cork frantically look for an equaliser. 

72 mins: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10

Collins levels it from a free!!

It was right in front of the posts but he just about squeezed his shot inside to get the equaliser.

Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10

To extra-time we go. A late Mark Collins levels it after Sean Powter was fouled. Powter was initially blocked down but managed to win the ball back and drew the free from Gavin White.

71 mins: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10

Ian Maguire takes a knock from a challenge in the first minute of extra-time. But he’s back up on his feet again.

73 mins: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-11

Super point from Clifford!

What a score to get in extra-time. Brilliant technique to leave his booming shot hanging in the air before dropping in between the posts. Sublime.

77 mins: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-11


Another unusual miss for Clifford. Talk about going from the spectacular to the horrible. That was an opportunity you would normally expect him to get in his sleep. 

Kerry still hold that one-point advantage in extra-time.

78 mins: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-12

Spillane hits his third to give Kerry a two-point cushion.

Cork looked to have averted the danger when they managed a turnover, but Kerry won possession back and banked another point through the substitute who has really made his presence felt since his introductino.

Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-12

David Clifford is the 100 emoji. 

82 mins: Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-12

Great score from Connolly who just about manages to chip his free over the bar with the aid of the crossbar. Just one between them again.


Extra-Time Half-Time: Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-12

Just one between them at the break. Just one more burst of 10 minutes to go. We could yet be going to penalties.

Extra-Time Second Half: Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-12

We go again! One final stride to the end. 

82 mins: Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-13

Another hint of a goal chance there for Kerry but they come away with a point as Spillane gets his fourth.

The Kingdom restore that two-point advantage.

84 mins: Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-13

Tommy Walsh looks like he’s going to be deployed for Kerry. A massive card for any team to play who could make a huge difference to see Kerry home.

Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-13

Connolly nails another crucial free to make it a one-point game again.

That’s his third of the night and he’s made a huge contribution since his introduction. 

88 mins: Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-13

Kerry subs: Tommy Walsh and Paudie Clifford are in. Jason Foley and Diarmuid O’Connor come off.

89 mins: Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-13


Mark Keane looks to have won it for Cork

Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-13


Can you believe that? Cork have dumped Kerry out of the championship and booked their place in the Munster final at the same time after a late goal from Mark Keane.

Unbelievable result for Ronan McCarthy’s side.

Keane was quiet after coming in off the bench but when a contribution was needed, he delivered in abundance. Luke Connolly was surely going for a point with that last kick, but his effort dropped short and into Keane’s hands.

He didn’t waste a second as he rattled the ball into the back of the Kerry net.

Well, lads, we’ll have to leave it there.

Incredible result as Cork defeat Kerry in the Munster SFC semi-final. That’s another big gun making an early exit from the championship as Cork march on to the Munster decider.

Unbelievable drama!

Until next time, bye for now.

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