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Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the Munster SFC semi-finals. Kerry travel to Cusack Park to face Clare in Peter Keane’s first championship game in charge, while Limerick – fresh from their shock win over Tipperary – take on Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Both ties throw-in at 7pm. Here’s how the teams are named to start:

Kerry team 

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)

2. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
3. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)

5. Gavin Crowley  (Templenoe)
6. Jack Sherwood (Firies)
7. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

8. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)
9. Adrian Spillane (Templenoe)

10. Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil)
11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare)
12. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

13. David Clifford (Fossa)
14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
15. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

Clare team 

1. Stephen Ryan

2. Gordon Kelly
3. Cillian Brennan
4. Kevin Hartnett

5. Sean Collins
6. Aaron Fitzgerald
7. Dean Ryan

8. Gary Brennan
9. Cathal O’Connor

10. Kieran Malone
11. Eoin Cleary
12. Jamie Malone

13. Cian O’Dea
14. Cormac Murray
15. Gavin Cooney



1. Mark White (Clonakilty)

2. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
3. James Loughrey (Mallow)
4. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)

5. Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)
6. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
9. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)

10. Eoghan McSweeney (Knocknagree)
11. Ruairi Deane (Bantry)
12. John O’ Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

13. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
15. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)


1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen)
2. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen)
3. Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen)
4. Paul Maher (Adare)

5. Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins)
6. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West)
7. Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh)

8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans)
9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels)

10. Adrian Enright (Fr Caseys)
11. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
12. Michael Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)

13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans)
14. Seamus O’Carroll (Castleknock)
15. Jamie Lee (Newcastle West)

Four late changes for Colm Collins’s Clare. Conall O hAinifein, David Tubridy, Sean O’Donoghue and Davy O’Halloran come into the Banner side for Dean Ryan, Cormac Murray, Kieran Malone and Gavin Cooney.


Kerry play as selected.

The national anthems are underway in Pairc Ui Rinn and Cusack Park. We’re moments away from throw-in at both venues.

Cork 0-1 Limerick 0-0

John O’Rourke gives the Rebels the lead.

Clare 0-0 Kerry 0-0

The Banner are playing a two-man full-forward line with Cian Darcy operating as a sweeper. 

Cork 1-1 Limerick 0-0

The Rebels have the start they want in Pairc Ui Rinn. Hurley’s goal moves them four in front.

Clare 0-0 Kerry 0-1

Wet conditions in Cusack Park as David Moran kicks a fine score on the run for the visitors. 

Cork 1-3 Limerick 0-0

Eoghan McSweeney extends the Cork lead to six. 

Clare 0-0 Kerry 0-2

Paul Geaney opens his account after being set-up by David Clifford.

Clare 0-0 Kerry 0-3

Clifford adds a point of his own after a super run by Sean O’Shea.

Cork 3-4 Limerick 0-0

Electric start by the Rebels inside the opening 13 minutes. 

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue is booked.

Cork 3-5 Limerick 0-0

Mark Collins tags on a free.

Clare 0-0 Kerry 0-3

16 minutes gone and David Moran is black-carded. He’s replaced by Mark Griffin. Kerry have blown two goal chances in the first quarter.

Cork 3-6 Limerick 0-0

All six Cork forwards are on the scoreboard and the game isn’t 20 minutes old yet.

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-3

David Tubridy’s free brings Clare within two.

Since Moran’s enforced departure, Clare have gained a foothold at midfield. 

Cork 3-7 Limerick 0-0

23 minutes gone and the Treaty are yet to register a score. 

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-4

Clifford swings over a free for Kerry.

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-5

O’Shea’s free extends the lead to four. Clare are flooding the half-back line with bodies to deny Kerry scoring chances from play.

Cork 3-7 Limerick 0-1

Seamus O’Carroll finally opens the Limerick account after 26 minutes. 

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-6

O’Shea with another free.

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-7

Kerry are starting to motor now. O’Donoghue steals the ball back and feeds Stephen O’Brien who sets-up Diarmuid O’Connor for their seventh score of the evening. 

Cork 3-7 Limerick 0-2

The visitors pull another point back but they’ve given Cork a serious head-start.

Clare 0-1 Kerry 0-8 

Clifford extends the lead to seven after a fine score. O’Donoghue gave the ball inside, he’s been excellent so far.

Clare 0-2 Kerry 0-8 

Eoin Cleary scores the Banner’s second point.

Clare 0-2 Kerry 1-8

O’Donoghue’s bullet leaves the Kingdom firmly in control after Clifford’s assist.

Cork 3-8 Limerick 0-2

Cork miss a penalty but Collins curls over a free moments later.

Half-time scores

Cork 3-8 Limerick 0-2
Clare 0-3 Kerry 1-9

Cork 3-10 Limerick 0-2

Collins adds another point.


Clare 0-3 Kerry 1-11

O’Shea’s free moves Kerry 11 clear. The handicap coming into today was 12 points, will they beat it?


Clare 0-4 Kerry 1-12 

Sean O’Shea’s free extends the lead.

Cork 3-11 Limerick 0-3

Donal O’Sullivan, the Limerick goalkeeper, swings over a 45.



Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-4

McSweeney with another one from play for the Rebels.

Cork 0-4 Kerry 1-13

Adrian Spillane pops up with a fine score.


Clare 0-5 Kerry 1-13

Cathal O’Connor adds his name to the scoresheet for Clare.


Tommy Walsh replaces James O’Donoghue, who has had a very good game.


Clifford is booked.


Cork 3-14 Limerick 0-5

O’Sullivan slots over another 45 for the visitors.


Clare 0-6 Kerry 1-14 

Clifford adds a score in response to Eoin Cleary’s free.


Two goals inside the opening five minutes for Cork’s Brian Hurley today.

Brian Hurley strikes a penalty that was saved Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO


Clare 0-8 Kerry 1-14

Jamie Malone and Cleary (free) add a score apiece. 


Cork 3-16 Limerick 0-6

Kevin O’Driscoll with the latest for Cork.


Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-6

Stephen Sherlock puts Cork 20 points in front as we approach stoppage-time.


Clare 0-9 Kerry 1-14 

David Tubridy curls over a fine score to reduce the margin to eight points.


Clare 0-10 Kerry 1-14 

Malone with the Banner’s fourth point in-a-row. They’re finishing really strongly here.

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RED CARD! Kerry’s Mark Griffin is sent-off after picking up two yellows.


Cork 3-18 Limerick 0-6

McSweeney again for the Rebels. 


Cork 3-18 Limerick 0-6 – FT


Clare 0-10 Kerry 1-14 

Play is stopped at Cusack Park as a Clare player is being stretchered off following a nasty clash of heads.



We’ll have 11 minutes of added time after that lengthy delay.


Clare 0-11 Kerry 1-14

Malone scores again and the gap is down to six.


BLACK CARD! Tommy Walsh receives his marching orders.


Clare 0-12 Kerry 1-15

Jason Foley and Eoin Cleary trade scores.


Clare 0-12 Kerry 1-15 – FT

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