Date Time Competition Season
16 July 2022 2:00 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

Kerry reach Senior final at Croke Park after stylish win over Mayo

By Daire Walsh

Síofra O’Shea grabbed two goals and Kerry turned on the style against Mayo at Croke Park to book their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final for the first time since 2012.

Aishling O’Connell and Paris McCarthy were also among the goals as the Kingdom backed up their impressive quarter-final success over Armagh with a commanding performance. The evergreen Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was also in outstanding form for the victors, scoring 0-5, all from play.

After Shauna Howley edged Mayo in front with a pointed free, Kerry announced their arrival in the contest when wing-back O’Connell floated a deflected effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper Aisling Tarpey for a sixth-minute goal.

Mayo full-forward Ciara Whyte responded to back-to-back points from Emma Costello and Ní Mhuircheartaigh, before Kerry rattled the net for a second time on 11 minutes, when O’Shea palmed to net off of a Cáit Lynch pass.

Although the confident Munster outfit extended their lead through Niamh Carmody, Mayo came storming into contention with unanswered points by Tara Needham, Lisa Cafferky and Howley (two). Mayo remained in the frame as a result of traded scores between Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Sarah Mulvihill, but Kerry reinforced their authority when O’Shea fired home her second goal of the half in the 21st minute.

Further points followed for the Kingdom from Danielle O’Leary and Lynch, and while midfielder Sinead Cafferky posted a fine score for Mayo, it couldn’t prevent their opponents from bringing a convincing 3-6 to 0-8 cushion into the interval. Three points without reply from Aoife Geraghty, Howley and Needham initially gave Michael Moyles’ Connacht outfit cause for optimism, but a 0-3 haul by Corca Dhuibhne sharpshooter Ní Mhuircheartaigh kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Kingdom.

Despite the determined Geraghty adding her second score of the third-quarter, Mayo suffered a further set-back when McCarthy added Kerry’s fourth goal on 43 minutes. Even though this proved to be their final score, the fact Mayo could only muster a point from Sinead Cafferky inside the closing-quarter ensured Kerry weren’t to be denied a spot in the forthcoming showpiece.


1Aisling Tarpey Goalkeeper
2Eilish Ronayne 17 Defender
3Roisin Flynn Defender
4Danielle Caldwell Defender
5Tamara O’Connor Defender
6Fiona McHale 26 Defender
7Kathryn Sullivan 18 Defender
8Sinéad Cafferky Midfielder 30', 54'
9Aoife Geraghty Midfielder 32', 38'
10Shauna Howley Forward 3', 16', 17', 34'
11Sinead Walsh Forward
12Sarah Mulvihill 27 Forward 20'
13Lisa Cafferky Forward 14'
14Ciara Whyte 28 Forward 8'
15Tara Needham Forward 13', 36'
16Laura Brennan Goalkeeper
17Sherin El Massry 2 Defender
18Lucy Wallace 7
19Saoirse Lally Defender
20Ciara Needham
21Nina McVann
22Hannah Reape
23Nicola Hession Defender
24Ava McDonnell
25Erin Murray
26Jenna Mortimer 6
27Ciara Nylan 12
28Sorcha McCarney 14


1Ciara Butler Goalkeeper
2Julie O’ Sullivan 17 Defender
3Kayleigh Cronin Defender
4Eilís Lynch Defender
5Aishling O’ Connell Defender 5'
6Emma Costello Defender 6'
7Ciara Murphy 22 Defender
8Lorraine Scanlon Midfielder
9Cáit Lynch Midfielder 29'
10Niamh Carmody 18 Forward 12'
11Siofra O’Shea Forward 10', 22'
12Anna Galvin Forward
29Paris McCarthy 19 44'
14Danielle O’ Leary 21 Forward 22'
15Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh Forward 7', 18', 37', 38', 40'
13Katie Brosnan Forward
16Mary Ellen Bolger
17Aoife Dillane 2
18Caoimhe Evans 10 Forward
19Erica McGlynn 29
20Ciara McCarthy
21Niamh Ni Chonchuir 14 Forward
22Niamh Broderick 7
23Rachel Dwyer Forward
24Clodagh Ni Chonchuir
25Anna Clifford
26Mary O’ Connell Midfielder
27Elizabeth Mohan
28Meadhbh Johnston
30Louise Galvin Forward


Croke Park
Páirc an Chrócaigh, Jones's Road, Ballybough B ED, Dublin, Dublin 3, Leinster, D01 WY49, Ireland

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