|10 July 2022
|Sam Maguire Cup
Sean O’Shea pointed a 55m free deep into added time, to see Kerry advance into the All Ireland Football Final, to play Galway, defeating the Dubs 1-14 to 1-13 in front of 73,602 at Croke Park.
O’Shea and David Clifford tormented the Dublin backline all afternoon, O’Shea with a crucial goal after 3 minutes, his tally of 1-4 and Clifford's 0-6 their biggest weapons.
Dublin died with their boots on in the second half, coming back to almost snatch it, neither team deserved to lose the Dublin young guns getting Championship minutes.
Dublin drew first blood with Lee Gannon pointing in the opening minute, the Kingdom swiftly replied with Sean O’Shea kicking 1-1, his goal a long kick by David Moran, Paul Geaney tipped it forward to O’Shea, the chance looked gone but the forward cut back outside and after defeating two Dublin backs, he hit low to the net.
Dean Rock and Sean Bugler made it a one-point game shortly after, but David Clifford and Tom O’Sullivan restored the three-point margin, Clifford would add another moments later as they started to settle into the tie, Bugler and John Small coming from defence to add points, but four wides in the opening quarter was not good enough by their standards, trailing 1-4 to 0-5 after 17 minutes.
Kerry kept the foot on the gas with two efforts from David Clifford, before John Small was black carded for a drag down on Paul Geaney, Rock and O’Shea exchanged points, before the half’s most talked-about moment would happen, Gavin White gathering a shot that cannoned off the post, brought down by Lorcan O’Dell and referee Paddy Neilan awarded the spot-kick to the Kingdom.
Evan Comerford in the Dublin goal was down for three minutes before O’Shea could step up, the spot-kick was weak as the Dublin keeper saved but again was down after O’Shea tried to kick home the rebound, Clifford would however score the final kick of the half, Kerry in the driving seat ahead 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval.
Clifford was quick to notch another shortly after the restart, but Dublin soon came right back into the tie, Brian Fenton with their first score since the 24th minute, Dara Moynihan came off the bench and waved the white flag just after, points by Ciaran Kilkenny and Paddy Small and a goal by Cormac Costello made it a one point deficit, 1-10 to 1-09 after 47 minutes.
Paudie Clifford added two points as Kerry tried to slow the tempo, but back came the Dubs, James McCarthy and two points from Kilkenny levelled the tie just before regulation time came to an end, five minutes were added on and in the third minute the momentum swung for Kerry, O’Shea fouled close to goal before taping over, Dublin had a mark at the other end which ended up being a close-range Dean Rock free as it was brought forward.
Just as it looked like extra-time was on the horizon, another foul saw O’Shea looking at the hill with a long-range free off the ground, back in 2011 Kerry lost to a Cluxton free into the hill, this time Kerry had their day O’Shea gliding the ball over the black spot, sending the stadium into raptures, the sea of Green and Gold coming alive, back in a final as Jack O’Connor’s record in Semi finals lives on.
|Croke Park, Jones's Road, Dublin, D01 WY49, Ireland