Date Time Competition Season
7 May 2022 6:00 pm Munster Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Munster SFC: Strong second half powers Kerry to final

Sean O’Shea helped guide Kerry to a 0-23 to 0-11 point win, over rivals Cork in Pairc Uí Rinn this evening in front of 10,743 spectators.

The result sees Kerry make their way to the Munster Senior Football Final, O’Shea's 0-10 leaving Cork struggling to find scores to bring them back in the tie.

Cork did however look good in spells, Stephen Sherlock a standout performer, but still a gap in quality remains between the two.

The opening half was a heated battle with very little separating the teams at half time, Stephen Sherlock inform for Cork managing 0-6 of their first half tally, with Kerry holding firm at the break the forward line looking sharp again.

It was a tight opening start to the contest as David Clifford and Sherlock, exchanged two scores each with Cork not letting Kerry lead in the opening eight minutes.

The Kingdom came back into the tie with three scores to put them 0-5 to 0-2 ahead, after the 13th minute mark, but again Sherlock kept Cork within arms length, before Sean O’Shea restored a three point lead.

O’Shea extended the Kerry advantage, before Cork came back with three Sherlock points, with Cathail O’Mahony adding the other score. Kerry would take a two point lead into the break, with Diarmuid O’Connor and Tony Brosnan getting on the board, to make it 0-9 to 0-7.

The second half continued in a similar fashion, but Kerry’s engine ticked over in the final 20 minutes, rattling off score after score to make it a comfortable 12 points in the end.

O’Shea continued his scoring exploits after the restart with two quick frees, either side of an O’Mahony effort to steady the ship in the Kerry favour, but two back to back points for the Rebels, saw them trail by one after 48 minutes as they tried to put a foot back into the tie.

From here on in it was all the way of the Kingdom, kicking eight scores in a row to pull out a 0-19 to 0-10 lead by the 63rd minute. Eoghan Sweeney kicked Cork’s first score in 15 minutes just minutes later, a consolation score in the end as four more points without reply, saw Kerry into the final with a comfortable 12 point cushion.


1Míchéal Martin 16 Goalkeeper
2Kevin O’Donovan Defender 46'
3Maurice Shanley Defender 18'
4Kevin Flahive
5John Cooper Defender
6Rory Maguire Defender
7Matthew Taylor Defender
8Ian Maguire Midfielder
9Colm O’Callaghan Forward
10Daniel Dineen 11
23Sean Powter 17 Defender
12John O’Rourke 24 Defender 54'
13Stephen Sherlock Forward 1', 6', 15', 22', 25', 27'
14Brian Hurley 26 Forward
15Cathal O’Mahony 26', 40', 48'
16Dylan Foley 1
11Eoghan McSweeney 10 63'
17Tadhg Corkery 23 Defender
18Tommy Walsh
19Luke Fahy
20Cian Kiely Midfielder
21Shane Merrit
22Brian Hartnett
24Brian Hayes 12
25Mark Cronin Forward
26Damien Gore 14


1Shane Ryan Goalkeeper
2Graham O’Sullivan Defender
3Jason Foley Defender
4Tom O’Sullivan Defender
5Brian Ó Beaglaíoch 18 Defender
6Tadhg Morley Defender
7Gavin White Defender
8Diarmuid O’Connor 23 Midfielder 28'
9Jack Barry Midfielder
10Stephen O’Brien 20 Forward 59'
11Seán O’Shea Midfielder 13', 16', 19', 37', 43', 50', 52', 58', 63', 68'
12Adrian Spillane 21 Midfielder
13Tony Brosnan 17 Forward 10', 31'
14David Clifford Forward 4', 8', 56', 69'
15Paudie Clifford Forward 9', 60'
16Shane Murphy Forward
17Paul Geaney 13 Forward 57', 70+4'
18Paul Murphy 5 Defender
19Dylan Casey Defender
20Micheál Burns 10 Forward
21David Moran 12 Midfielder
22Jack Savage Forward
23Joe O’Connor 8 Defender
24Killian Spillane Forward
25Gavin Crowley Defender
26Stefan Okunbor Defender
  • 74'

    Paul Geaney adds another point as the referee blows for full time, Kerry advance to the final 0-23 to 0-11

  • 69'

    A mistake at the back sees Clifford add another free

  • 69'

    A mistake at the back sees Clifford add another free

  • 67'

    O'Shea on fire from the frees another for a ten point gap

  • 66'

    Michael Burns puts more distance between the two

  • 64'

    Eoghan McSweeney with a great point for Cork

  • 63'

    Sean O'Shea playing football in his backyard, another great point

  • 60'

    Paudie Clifford makes it eight

  • 59'

    Kerry pulling away Stephen O'Brien adds another

  • 58'

    O'Shea with another free

  • 57'

    Paul Geaney adds another for Kerry

  • 57'

    Clifford converts a short range free

  • 52'

    Sean O'Shea with another free

  • 50'

    Third change for Kerry, Paul Murphy in for Brian O Beaglaoich

  • 50'

    O'Shea adds a 45

  • 48'

    Another sub for Kerry, David Moran in for Adrian Spillane

  • 48'

    O'Mahony makes it a one point game

  • 48'

    Paul Geaney comes on for Tony Brosnan

  • 46'

    Kevin O'Donovan adds another for Cork

  • 44'

    O'Shea with another free

  • 40'

    O'Mahony adds his second

  • 37'

    First score of the half goes to Kerry, Sean O'Shea with another free

  • 36'

    Underway for the second half

  • 39'

    Half Time, Kerry lead 0-9 to 0-7

  • 35'

    Four minutes added on

  • 31'

    Tony Brosnan points

  • 28'

    Diarmuid O'Connor has Kerry ahead again

  • 28'

    Sherlock levels with another free

  • 26'

    Cathail O'Mahony follows it up with another from play

  • 25'

    Sherlock with his fifth point, a first from play

  • 24'

    David Clifford booked

  • 22'

    A change for Cork as Dylan Foley replaces Michael A Martin, goalkeeper for goalkeeper

  • 22'

    Sherlock with a fourth free

  • 19'

    O'Shea scores the resulting free

  • 18'

    Maurice Shanley goes into the book

  • 16'

    O'Shea adds a free for a three point Kerry lead

  • 15'

    Another Sherlock free goes over, Cork within two

  • 13'

    Sean O'Shea with the third score in a row for the Kingdom

  • 10'

    Tony Brosnan puts two between them

  • 9'

    Kerry go a point ahead with the other Clifford Paudie on hand to score

  • 8'

    Kerry back level thanks to a David Clifford free

  • 6'

    Sherlock converts a second free

  • 4'

    David Clifford levels

  • 1'

    Stephen Sherlock points a free after a couple of seconds

  • 1'

    The referee throws in the ball and we are underway!

  • Just minutes to throw in, a big crowd but not a sellout here

  • One change for Cork as Sean Powter replaces Eoghan McSweeney, Kerry as selected

  • Welcome to Pairc Uí Rinn, for the Semi Final of the Munster Senior Football Championship, as Cork host Kerry with a spot in the final resting in the balance, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will guide you through all of the action once the ball is thrown in

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Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.