Date Time Competition Season
24 July 2022 3:30 pm All Ireland Senior Football Championship 2022


Match Report

Kerry beat Galway to win 38th All Ireland title in Croke Park

Kerry are All Ireland Champions for the 38th time, coming from behind to defeat a valiant Galway side at Headquarters this afternoon.

David Clifford kicked 0-8 in a starring role for the kingdom as they ended an eight-year-long famine, to once again bring the Sam Maguire Cup to Kerry.

Galway will feel hard done as they looked the better, Shane Walsh deserving of an All-Star after his role today, Cillian McDaid another superstar for them, but it will be the Rose of Tralee playing here for the next year.

Shane Walsh was the catalyst for how Galway controlled the opening half, kicking 0-5 he was the tip of the spear, as Kerry were not methodical enough with how they played football, the glittering forward line missing the mark on numerous occasions.

Kerry failed to get their attacking radar working early but two wides knocked their confidence early, Shane Walsh had Galway ahead after four minutes, Johnny Deaney doubled their lead three minutes later but for a block by Stephen O’Brien it could have ended up in the back of the net.

The Kingdom had three scores from frees in the opening 17 minutes, but by then they were still behind 0-5 to 0-3, however, David Clifford and O’Brien brought their side level by the 20th-minute mark. Walsh was on his A game in the opening half, another free had them ahead, but Clifford would reply well after soaring into the air to claim a mark, he tapped into the Davin End to level once more.

From here the game began to get tighter with both exchanging scores, Jack Glynn and Cillian McDaid both coming forward to kick Galway into a one-point lead after Sean O’Shea had levelled the tie for the third time minutes earlier.

Walsh started the second half of well for Galway with another score to strengthen their lead, back came Kerry with Clifford and Diarmuid O’Connor pointing to level again, Kerry went ahead after 412 minutes, Paudie Clifford has just got the equaliser, before David popped up to put them ahead, 0-11 to 0-10 after 41 minutes.

Cillian McDaid levelled seconds later, before Walsh again had Galway in front, Kieran Molloy and McDaid put them ahead by two after 46 minutes, 0-14 to 0-12, but Kerry failed to die as O’Shea and Graham O’Sullivan again made it all square, from here Kerry took control, Paudie and David both having points as they built a lead.

Walsh and McDaid brought Galway tight back into the tie, two crucial players for them with six minutes left, we were tied again, breathless stuff all day but Kerry would have their day, Clifford, Killian Spillane and Gavin White all scoring unanswered points before O’Shea pointed a late free for the Kingdom, 38 for them now eight years worth of celebrations to follow.


1Shane Ryan Goalkeeper
2Graham O’Sullivan Defender 51'
3Jason Foley Defender
4Tom O’Sullivan Defender
5Brian Ó Beaglaíoch 17 Defender
6Tadhg Morley Defender
7Gavin White Defender 70+2'
8David Moran 19 Midfielder
9Jack Barry Midfielder
10Diarmuid O’Connor Midfielder 38'
11Seán O’Shea Forward 33', 49', 70+4'
12Stephen O’Brien 20 Forward 19'
13Paudie Clifford 21 Forward 40', 56'
14David Clifford Forward 8', 13', 18', 23', 36', 41', 53', 66'
15Paul Geaney 18 Forward 17'
16Shane Murphy Goalkeeper
17Paul Murphy 5 Defender
18Killian Spillane 15 Forward 45', 69'
19Adrian Spillane 8 Midfielder
20Micheál Burns 12 Forward
21Joe O’Connor 13 Midfielder
22Tony Brosnan Forward
23Gavin Crowley Defender
24Jack Savage Forward
25Jack O’Shea Defender
26Stefan Okunbor Midfielder


1Connor Gleeson Goalkeeper
2Liam Silke Defender
3Sean Kelly Defender
4Jack Glynn Defender 28'
5Dylan McHugh Defender
6John Daly Defender
7Kieran Molloy Defender 46'
8Paul Conroy 19 Midfielder
9Cillian McDaid Midfielder 34', 42', 46', 64'
10Patrick Kelly Forward
11Matthew Tierney 20 Forward
12Johnny Heaney 24 Forward 7'
13Robert Finnerty Forward
14Damien Comer Forward
15Shane Walsh Forward 4', 9', 12', 16', 22', 36', 44', 45', 63'
16James Keane Goalkeeper
17James Foley Defender
18Billy Mannion Defender
19Cathal Sweeney 8 Defender 70+2'
20Niall Daly 11 Midfielder
21Paul Kelly Midfielder
22Owen Gallagher Forward
23Finnian Ó Laoí Forward
24Eoin Finnerty 12 Forward
25Dessie Conneely Forward
26Dylan Canny Defender
  • 75'


  • 74'


  • 72'

    Gavin White has Kerry now ahead by three

  • 70'

    Five minutes of added time

  • 70'

    Graham O'Sullivan carded

  • 69'

    Killian Spillane fists over the bar, Kerry by two

  • 66'

    Kerry back ahead and Clifford the magician once more

  • 64'

    McDaid levels

  • 63'

    Shane Walsh makes it a one point game

  • 55'

    Paudie Clifford has Kerry two ahead

  • 53'

    David Clifford has Kerry ahead with another free

  • 51'

    Graham O'Sullivan level yet again

  • 50'

    Sean O'Shea makes it a one point game, Conor Gleeson lucky to still be on the pitch

  • 46'

    McDaid has Galway ahead by two

  • 46'

    Kieran Molloy Galway are infront

  • 45'

    Walsh with a beauty to put Galway ahead, but Killian Spillane has us level again

  • 42'

    McDaid levels matters once more

  • 41'

    The brother David has Kerry ahead for the first time

  • 40'

    Paudie Cliford looks to go for goal but his shot is too high but again we are level

  • 39'

    Shane Walsh with his seventh point

  • 38'

    Diarmuid O'Connor from range and we are level again

  • 36'

    Clifford has Kerry on the board early

  • 36'

    Walsh again on the money from a free

  • 35'

    The second half is underway

  • 35'

    Double change at half time for Kerry, Adrian and Killian Spillane, replace David Moran and Paul Geaney

  • 38'

    Half Time in Croke Park, Galway lead by a point, Shane Walsh a huge influence for them, Kerry kicking countless wides while Galway have just the one

  • 35'

    Three minutes of added time to end the half

  • 34'

    Cillian McDaid gives Galway the lead once more

  • 33'

    Sean O'Shea has the game level for the third time

  • 28'

    Jack Glynn kicks Galway back into the lead

  • 25'

    Clifford into the notebook

  • 23'

    Clifford rises high to claim a mark, a tap in kick into the Davin End is the result

  • 22'

    Walsh regains the lead for Galway, another free into the hill

  • 19'

    Stephen O'Brien has the Kingdom level

  • 18'

    Clifford has the first Kerry score from play

  • 17'

    Geaney gathers and points from a mark

  • 16'

    Shane Walsh having a field day in Croke Park

  • 13'

    David Clifford halves the deficit

  • 12'

    Shane Walsh adds another free, all Galway so far

  • 9'

    Shane Walsh has Galway two ahead

  • 8'

    Clifford calls a mark and gets Kerry on the board

  • 7'

    Daly with a sensational pass to Heaney, goal chance was on but O'Brien blocks the shot but goes over the bar

  • 4'

    Shane Walsh points from the 45

  • 3'

    Liam Silke drives forward and has a chance buts Sean O'Shea gets a touch to block it out for a 45

  • 1'

    An early wide for Kerry as Sean O'Shea misses a long range free

  • 1'

    The referee throws the ball in and we are underway for the 2022 All Ireland Football Final

  • The atmosphere is electric at headquarters two sets of supporters in full voice, the place looks packed

  • The teams meet President Higgins and are ready to do the traditional lap around Croke Park

  • Both teams will line out as selected, Gavin White passed fit to play at wing back, Sean O'Shea wins the toss and like the Semi Final they opt to kick into the Davin End

  • No changes are expected but could be a reality as we get closer to throw in

  • The biggest day in the GAA football calendar is upon us, the All Ireland Football Final, Kerry V Galway, the minnows from the west against the mighty Kingdom searching to add to their record haul of All Ireland crowns, a game full of colour and pageantry, where will Sam be come this evening?. my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will update you on this amazing contest

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
NFL Division 1 South
Fitzgerald Stadium


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.