Date Time Competition Season
26 June 2022 5:00 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2022

Match Report

Kerry set to face Dublin

Kerry have set up a mouth watering All Ireland Football Semi Final, against arch rivals Dublin, as they overcame a tough Mayo side in headquarters this evening.

David Clifford’s first half goal was crucial to the Kingdom’s victory, but they started to pull away late in the second half, coming home 1-18 to 0-13 point winners.

Mayo will be disappointed after missing some key chances today, while allowing Kerry space for their prolific forwards to tick away at the scores.

The elements set up a rather drab opening to this titanic tussle in the All Ireland Quarter Final, but Injured or not David Clifford with 1-2 in the opening half was crucial to give Kerry the advantage.

O’Connor and Clifford exchanged frees early in the tie, before Gavin White put Kerry into the lead after two minutes, but little to separate them when Conor Loftus sent a beauty over to tie the contest in the third minute.

Aidan O’Shea kicked a sensational score off the outside of his left boot, to see Mayo lead for the second time after eight minutes, with the Kingdom failing to create chances the men from the west, would fail to capitalise and take the game by the scruff of the neck, with Tom O’Sullivan and Clifford both waving the white flag midday through the half to make it 0-4 to 0-3 in their favour.

Rob Hennelly would kick a long range free after 21 minutes to again level the tie, after Sean O’Shea and O’Connor both kicked points, but also missed scorable chances earlier as the ever changing weather conditions caused hassle for both teams.

After Jack Carney levelled the tie for the fifth time after 25 minutes, Mayo pressed up and Stephen Coen now moved to the backline, came up with a peach two minutes later as Mayo started to put a marker down.

Just when the tie went in their favour, a beautiful link up by Stephen O’Brien and Clifford resulted in the Fossa man hitting the back of the net, sensational left footed strike to  make it 1-6 to 0-7 two minutes before the half hour mark.

Just on the half hour mark, referee David Gough had a word with Aidan O'Shea and he was shown a black card, the linesman spotting something off the ball and getting the attention of the match official, another blow for them after Clifford’s earlier goal.

Cillian O’Coonor helped reduce the deficit, but it looked like David Moran had kicked Kerry two ahead going into the break, but Kevin McLoughlin with the goal at his mercy hits a shot over the bar, right at the end of the half, Kerry ahead 1-7 to 0-9 at the break.

Again Mayo would falter in the second half, allowing Kerry space and easy scores, as it looked they could run clear midway in the half, they ended up chasing the Kingdom late in the half and failed to answer their scoring exploits and defensive line.

Mayo had fire in their bellies at the start of the second half, Jordan Flynn and Matthew Ruane cancelling a fisted point by Tom O’Sullivan to again level this nip and tuck tie. Graham O’Sullivan and Clifford added further Kerry scores, to lead again by two, 1-10 to 0-11.

James Carr made it a one point game again as the momentum was all with Mayo, but the Kerry attack started to take the game and turn it on its head, managing seven scores in a  row before Flynn added the next Mayo point on the 67th minute mark, the 1-17 to 0-13 scoreline not in their favour.

Sean O’Shea kicked a late free before injury time, to make it a eight point margin, not the best of Kerry performances but it was enough to see them make the Semi Final, up next are the Dubs and this result also sees all four provincial winners make the final four stage.


1Shane Ryan Goalkeeper
2Graham O’Sullivan Defender 42'
3Jason Foley 23 Defender
4Tom O’Sullivan Defender 14', 40', 55'
5Brian Ó Beaglaíoch 19 Defender
6Tadhg Morley Defender
7Gavin White Defender 1'
8David Moran Midfielder 35+1', 50'
9Diarmuid O’Connor Midfielder 35+2'
10Dara Moynihan 18 Forward
11Seán O’Shea Midfielder 19', 65', 69'
12Stephen O’Brien 20 Forward
13Paudie Clifford Forward
14David Clifford 17 Forward 27'
2', 16', 47'
15Paul Geaney Forward 23', 57', 61', 67'
16Shane Murphy Goalkeeper
17Tony Brosnan 14 Forward
18Killian Spillane 10 Forward 57'
19Paul Murphy 5 Defender
20Micheál Burns 12 Forward
21Joe O’Connor Defender
22Jack Savage Forward
23Gavin Crowley 3 Defender
24Dara Roche Forward
25Jack O’Shea Defender
26Stefan Okunbor Defender


1Rob Hennelly Goalkeeper 21'
2Lee Keegan Defender
3Oisin Mullin Defender
4Enda Hession Defender
5Paddy Durcan Defender
6Stephen Coen Defender 27'
7Eoghan McLaughlin Defender
8Aidan O’Shea 17 Midfielder 8'
9Matthew Ruane Midfielder 43'
10Jordan Flynn Forward 41', 67'
11Diarmuid O’Connor Forward 64'
12Conor Loftus 21 Midfielder 3'
24Kevin McLoughlin 22 Forward 35+2'
14Jack Carney 13 Forward 25'
15Cillian O’Connor 23 Forward 1', 19', 33'
16Rory Byrne Goalkeeper
13James Carr 14 Forward 48'
17Padraig O’Hora 8 Defender
18Rory Brickeneden Forward
19Donnacha McHugh Defender
20Conor O’Shea Midfielder
21Fergal Boland 12 Forward
22Aiden Orme 24 Forward
23Jason Doherty 15 Forward
25Mark Moran
26Paul Towey Forward
  • 70'

    Four minutes added on

  • 69'

    Sean O'Shea taps over a free in front of the posts

  • 68'

    Jordan Flynn points for Mayo

  • 65'

    Sean O'Shea makes it a seven point game as Kerry start to pull away

  • 63'

    Diarmuid O'Connor gets a yellow card for a foul on Diarmuid O'Connor, insert Spiderman meme

  • 62'

    Geaney kicks his third score of the day

  • 58'

    Killian Spillane had a point ruled out by Hawkeye but this one between the posts

  • 56'

    Paul Geaney calla a mark and extends the Kingdom's lead to four

  • 55'

    Tom O'Sullivan kicks his third point of the day, but should have been a goal for the Dingle native

  • 50'

    David Moran gets into space and Kerry again ahead by two

  • 48'

    James Carr again makes it a one point game

  • 47'

    Kerry sub Killian Spillane replaces Dara Moynihan

  • 47'

    Clifford calls a mark and kicks over

  • 43'

    Matthew Ruane with a point as Mayo continue to show grit and determination

  • 42'

    Graham O'Sullivan the second of the Kerry fullback line to register a point

  • 41'

    Jordan Flynn keeps Mayo one behind, a nip and tuck game

  • 40'

    Tom O'Sullivan fists over for the opening score of the second half

  • 37'

    Aidan O'Shea is back of the field

  • 35'

    Half time change for Mayo, James Carr replaces Jack Carney

  • 35'

    The second half is underway!

  • 38'

    Half Time in Croke Park, Kerry lead by the narrowest of margins, David Clifford's goal is the difference, Kerry 1-7 Mayo 0-9

  • 37'

    Kevin McLoughlin with the goal at his mercy hits his shot over the bar, Mayo search for the equaliser

  • 36'

    David Moran gives Kerry a two point lead in the first minute of added time

  • 35'

    Three minutes of added time have been signalled

  • 33'

    Another O'Connor free, another point

  • 30'

    David Gough has a word with Aidan O'Shea and he is off for a black card, the linesman spotting something off the ball

  • 27'


  • 27'

    Stephen Coen moves Mayo into the lead

  • 25'

    Jack Carney via hawk eye has the game deadlocked once more

  • 23'

    Paul Geaney has Kerry leading once more

  • 22'

    Rob Hennelly kicks a long range free to level the game for the fourth time

  • 19'

    Cillian O'Connor makes it a one point game again

  • 19'

    Sean O'Shea splits the post for a two point lead

  • 16'

    David Clifford kicks Kerry ahead with another free

  • 14'

    Tom O'Sullivan with a beautiful score to level the tie

  • 10'

    Huge Kerry goal chance but Paul Geaney misses the target

  • 8'

    Aidan O'Shea with a cracker outside of his left boot

  • 7'

    Conditions a factor as both teams miss scoreable frees

  • 3'

    Conor Loftus levels the tie

  • 2'

    Gavin White makes it a one point lead for Kerry, first score from play

  • 1'

    David Clifford converts a free of his own

  • 1'

    Cillian O'Connor with an early free first score of the tie

  • 1'

    An hour later than scheduled we are underway at headquarters

  • Kerry have no changes

  • Looks to now be a 5pm throw in

  • The curtain raiser was a joy to watch but will the main event serve up another spicy encounter between Kerry and Mayo, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will update you on the next round of action

  • No indication if Kerry have named a change, Mayo with the one named during the delay, interesting to see if we have any other late changes

  • Change to the Mayo team, Kevin McLoughlin replaces James Carr

  • 4:45 is now the time we will have throw in for the second of today's All Ireland Quarter Finals

  • With extra time now in the first of our double header, we await news of a new throw in time for the tie between Kerry and Mayo

Past Meetings

3-19 0-13
NFL Division 1
Croke Park

(Round 5)
1-12 0-14
NFL Division 1
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.