Date Time Competition Season
10 July 2022 3:30 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2022

Match Report

Kerry set up All Ireland Final showdown with Galway thanks to Sean O’Shea last gasp free

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.


1Evan Comerford Goalkeeper
2Eoin Murchan 20 Defender 34'
3Michael Fitzsimons 24 Defender 70+2'
4Lee Gannon Defender 1'
5John Small Defender 16'
6Jonny Cooper 19 Defender
7Seán Bugler Forward 6', 12'
8Brian Fenton Midfielder 41'
9Tom Lahiff Midfielder
21James McCarthy Defender 63'
11Brian Howard 10 Defender
12Ciarán Kilkenny Forward 47', 63', 69'
13Cormac Costello Forward 45'
14Dean Rock Forward 5', 23', 70+4'
25Lorcan O’Dell 15 Forward
16David O’Hanlon Goalkeeper
10Niall Scully 11 Forward
15Paddy Small 25 Forward 44'
17Ryan Basquel Forward
18Aaron Byrne Forward
19David Byrne 6 Defender 70+3'
20Sean MacMahon 2 Defender
22Ross McGarry Forward
23Andrew McGowan Defender
24Cian Murphy 3 Defender
26Eoghan O’Donnell Forward


1Shane Ryan Goalkeeper
2Graham O’Sullivan 19 Defender
3Jason Foley Defender
4Tom O’Sullivan Defender 7'
5Brian Ó Beaglaíoch Defender
6Tadhg Morley Defender
7Gavin White 21 Defender
8David Moran 26 Midfielder
9Diarmuid O’Connor Midfielder 49'
25Jack Barry Midfielder
11Seán O’Shea Midfielder 3'
1', 24', 70+3', 70+5'
12Stephen O’Brien 10 Forward
13Paudie Clifford Forward 51', 61'
14David Clifford Forward 7', 11', 19', 20', 35+4', 37'
15Paul Geaney 18 Forward 34'
16Shane Murphy Goalkeeper
10Dara Moynihan 12 Forward 43'
17Tony Brosnan Forward
18Killian Spillane 15 Forward
19Paul Murphy 2 Defender
20Micheál Burns Forward
21Joe O’Connor 7 Midfielder
22Jack Savage Forward
23Gavin Crowley Defender
24Jack O’Shea Defender
26Adrian Spillane 8 Midfielder 54'
  • 75'


  • 74'

    Dean Rock with a free for Dublin brought forward off a mark

  • 73'

    Sean O'Shea kicks a late free as Kerry lead in added time

  • 70'

    5 minutes added time

  • 68'

    Kilkenny levels the tie

  • 62'

    McCarthy and Kilkenny both point to make it a one point game again

  • 60'

    Paudie Clifford fists over for a three point lead for Kerry

  • 55'

    Sean O'Shea carded, the fifth Kerry player now in the book

  • 54'

    Adrian Spillane is yellow carded

  • 51'

    Adrian Spillane is in to replace David Moran

  • 51'

    Paudie Clifford gives Kerry a two point lead after Dublin have the momentum

  • 49'

    Diarmuid O'Connor the next Kerry player in the notebook

  • 47'

    All momentum with Dublin now as Ciaran Kilkenny makes it a one point game with a fisted point

  • 45'

    Cormac Costello hits the net to make it a two point game

  • 43'

    Paddy Small makes it a five point game again

  • 43'

    Dara Moynihan off the bench and kicks his first score of the day

  • 41'

    Brian Fenton kicks Dublin's first score since the 24th minute

  • 39'

    Dublin change Paddy Small in for Lorcan O'Dell

  • 37'

    David Clifford is on fire, Dublin cannot handle the Fossa man

  • 35'

    The second half gets underway

  • 41'

    Half Time in Croke Park, Kerry lead by five after a dramatic opening half, plenty of talking points from an enjoyable game loads more action to come

  • 39'

    Clifford meanders through the Dublin backline and kicks over for a five point lead

  • 35'

    Six minutes of added time to end this half

  • 34'

    Murchan and Geaney both carded after a brawl following the penalty save

  • 30'

    Evan Comerford saves the penalty

  • 27'

    Gavin White is dragged down and the referee gives a penalty

  • 24'

    Sean O'Shea takes his tally to 1-2 with a beautiful point from play

  • 23'

    The referee spots something close to the Kerry goal and awards a free in, Rock steps up and hits it over

  • 20'

    John Small black carded for pulling down Paul Geaney off the ball

  • 20'

    Clifford with a monster from open play inside the 45

  • 19'

    High ball drops into Clifford, he calls for the mark and slots over the close range free

  • 18'

    Kerry kick just their first wide of the game, their shooting pin point thus far

  • 16'

    John Small makes it a two point game

  • 13'

    Dublin's wide tally is adding up, four for them now in the opening quarter

  • 12'

    Bugler comes forward once more and another point for the wing back

  • 11'

    Clifford with his second point of the day, both him and Sean O'Shea causing hassle for Dublin

  • 8'

    Clifford goes into the book

  • 7'

    Tom O'Sullivan sprints forward and makes it a 3 point game

  • 7'

    David Clifford puts Kerry back on the board

  • 6'

    Sean Bugler makes it a one point game, Shane Ryan does well in the build-up to deny a goal

  • 5'

    Dean Rock points a close range free

  • 3'

    Sean O'Shea punishes Dublin's poor defending to finish low to the net

  • 1'

    Sean O'Shea kicks a brilliant equaliser

  • 1'

    Lee Gannon puts over the first point of the game

  • 1'

    The referee throws the ball up and we are underway for the Semi Final

  • Kerry win the toss and Dublin kick into the hill in the first half

  • Kerry have made a change Jack Barry replaces Dara Moynihan

  • Everything is on the line this afternoon, Kerry looking to reach another final winless since 2014, Dublin with a new generation looking to get back to their dominance of the sport once more

  • No indication yet that Kerry have made any late changes to their line up

  • Dublin make two late changes to their line up, James McCarthy and Lorcan O'Dell replace Niall Scully and Paddy Small

  • The weather is scorching the hallowed turf at Croke Park, a wonderful summer's day for this All Ireland Senior Football Semi Final, Kerry V Dublin throws in at 3:30pm

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
1-15 0-11
NFL Division 1
Fitzgerald Stadium

(Round 2)
NFL Division 1 South
Croke Park


Croke Park
Croke Park, Jones's Road, Dublin, D01 WY49, Ireland

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.