Munster SFC Final: Kerry v Cork

The Kingdom look to defend the Munster title against their old rivals in Killarney

Patrick Madden Sun, Jul 2
LIVE: Munster SFC Final: Kerry v Cork

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  • 13:14

    Good afternoon!

    Summer really is here.

    Today more than 50,000 will descend upon Croke Park as one of the stories of the season reaches a defining chapter, with Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford taking on Galway in the Leinster SHC final.

    But first up all eyes are on a packed Killarney, as Kerry look to defend their Munster SFC title against old rivals Cork.

    We have some day in store - and we'll be bringing you all of the action live.

    Here's to a good one.

    Come on!!!

  • 13:17


    Kerry: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy James O'Donoghue.

    Cork: Ken O'Halloran; James Loughrey, Jamie O'Sullivan, Sean Powter; Tomas Clancy, Michael Shields, Kevin Crowley; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Ruairi Deane, Mark Collins, Kevin O'Driscoll; Colm O'Neill, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan (captain).

  • 13:36

    There are hardly two counties more familiar with each other than Kerry and Cork, but the current fortunes of these two sides are far removed.

    Cork are without a win over their great rivals since the Munster semi-finals in 2012 - and they haven't had championship win over a side ranked higher than Division Three since 2013. They also haven't won in Kerry since 1995 - a run of 12 games in 22 long years.

    The odds are firmly stacked in the Kingdom's favour, then - but this is a Munster final, you never know.

  • 13:38

    You can read Malachy Clerkin on the state and prospects of Cork football HERE.

    And you can find a preview of this afternoon's final HERE.

  • 13:41
    Kerry minors have just trounced their Clare counterparts in the Munster MFC final, running out 2-21 to 0-3 winners.
  • 13:42
    20 minutes until throw-in, Fitzgerald Stadium is hopping.
  • 13:53
    The Cork hurlers have produced one of the moments of the summer so far when they beat All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the Munster SHC semis - a win for the footballers today would arguably eclipse that.  
  • 13:54
    The teams are out in Killarney.
  • 13:58
    Time for the anthem - can't see many empty seats.
  • 14:00

    Referee Paddy Neilan has the ball in hand.

    We're underway!

  • 14:01
    1 min: David Moran wins it well and carries deep into the Cork half and pops off to Paul Geaney who slots a good point. Lightning start from the Kingdom. Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-0
  • 14:02
    2 min: Early domination from Kerry who have owned the ball, and Paul Geaney sets up Mikey Geaney who doubles his side's lead. Kerry 0-2 Cork 0-0
  • 14:03
    3 min: This is relentless in the early stages - three attacks and three points for Kerry. This time James O'Donoghue from the left. Kerry 0-3 Cork 0-0
  • 14:04
    4 min: Another Kerry point, Paul Geaney shimmying and turning onto his right before doubling his tally. Cork need a foothold but can't get their hands on it. Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-0
  • 14:05
    5 min: Paul Kerrigan surges down the right and has a chance to shoot but instead checks and finds Ruairi Deane - but he goes wide. Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-0
  • 14:08
    7 min: Deane feints and tries to step past Kieran Donaghy who dumps him and is judged to have gone high. Luke Connolly to take the free from near the 45 with the breeze in his sails but he hooks it wide. Moments later Cork are on the board though, Mark Collins with a good point. Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-1
  • 14:11
    8 min: James Loughrey fouls Kevin McCarthy as he cuts in from the right and James O'Donoghue restores Kerry's four-point lead. Moments later Anthony Maher picks off the Cork kick-out and plays it short, Kerry attack and Maher finishes it off with a good point. Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-1
  • 14:13
    11 min: Close! Out of nowhwere Cork carve Kerry open and Ian Maguire is through on goal, but his effort is saved by Brian Kelly. Red shirts flood in but Cork get pinged for fouling the 'keeper. Brighter from the Rebels. Kerry 0-6 0-1
  • 14:14
    13 min: Cork free from the right, Mark Collins makes no mistake. Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-2
  • 14:15
    15 min: Kevin O'Driscoll with Cork's third wide. The Rebels have started to settle into this a bit more after that early Kerry onslaught. Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-2
  • 14:18
    16 min: Kieran Donaghy caught by Kevin Crowley as he looks to turn outside. Regulation free for James O'Donoghue and he fizzes it over. Kerry have been very clinical, and they pick off another Cork kick-out, but David Moran is adjudged to foul O'Sullivan as he barrells through him. Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-2
  • 14:19
    18 min: Donnchadh Walsh with a wide but he was fouled as he looked to get the ball away - this time it's Paul Geaney with the free on his right from just outside the 20-metre, and he splits the posts. Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-2
  • 14:21
    20 min: Free for Cork and Niall Coakley strokes it over, his first point of the championship. Cork then pick off Kelly's kick out but can't capitalise, Kerry forcing them backwards. Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-3
  • 14:23
    22 min: A nice point from Ian Maguire who makes a lovely run off the shoulder before stroking it over. Kelly's kick-out is poor again, but the wind sees Aidan Walsh's effort drift wide. Good spell for Cork. Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-4
  • 14:25
    24 min: Ian Maguire makes another surging run and finds Paul Kerrigan who is tugged back. Niall Coakley slots the free and suddenly Kerry's lead is trimmed to three. Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-5
  • 14:28
    25 min: Having seen their own kick-outs come under serious pressure Cork are now really putting the squeeze on Kerry 'Keeper Kelly. SAVE! A flowing Kerry move and it opens up through the middle, Paul Murphy finds Paul Geaney and his low effort is brilliantly stopped by O'Halloran who sticks a big right leg out. Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-5
  • 14:29
    28 min: Kerry are nearing 10 minutes without a score now - but then like clockwork James O'Donoghue says enough is enough and bursts one tackle before splitting the posts. Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-5
  • 14:31
    30 min: Cork break and Coakley is fouled by Peter Crowley who earns himself the game's first yellow card - daft chellenge. Luke Connolly with the free - straight over, three-point game again. Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-6
  • 14:34
    33 min: Kerry probing and a good combination between Kevin McCarthy and Kieran Donaghy sees the latter fist it over for a point. Could have gone for goal but opted to keep the scoreboard ticking. Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-6
  • 14:36
    35 min: Two minutes added on. Cork have the ball but Kerry are sitting deep. It opens up for Tomas Clancy on the left and he has a look before stitching over a lovely left-footed point. Luke Connolly then tries one from on a long way out which never threatens the posts. Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-7
  • 14:37
    37 min: And like that Kerry find their groove again and O'Donoghue finds Paul Geaney who knocks it over. Kerry 0-11 Cork 0-7
  • 14:37
    HT: KERRY 0-11 CORK 0-7
  • 14:56

    The teams are back out in Killarney. Cork are still in touch - but if Kerry start the second half in a similar fashion to the first they won't be for much longer.

    We're back underway!

  • 14:56
  • 14:58
    36 min: Early ownership of the ball for Kerry and second half substitute Stephen O'Brien opens the second half scoring with a nice right-footed point. Good start. Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-7
  • 15:00
    37 min: Early bedlam as Cork 'keeper O'Halloran comes out and gets caught for carrying. Kerry take the free quickly with nobody in the Cork goal but take the point instead. Moments later O'Brien grabs his second point before James O'Donoghue sees a shot saved and then points from the rebound. Brutal onslaught from the Kingdom. Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7
  • 15:02
    39 min: A glimpse for Cork as Tomas Clancy goes on a brilliant solo run and half of Fitzgerald Stadium think he's scored - but it was into the side netting. Paul Murphy then pulls Kerry further away with a nice point. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-7
  • 15:03
    42 min: James O'Donoghue toys with James Loughrey on the right but then posts Kerry's FIRST wide of the match. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-7
  • 15:05
    43 min: An excellent run from Cork's Sean Powter and he engineers some space but is blocked excellently by Kerry substitute Johnny Buckley. Cork free which Donncha O'Connor knocks over. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-8
  • 15:06
    44 min: Good run from Paul Kerrigan and his shot is parried away by Brian Kelly. Donncha O'Brien is on hand to fist the rebound over the bar. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-9
  • 15:09
    45 min: Real concern over Kerry's Fionn Fitzgerald - he's getting treatment on the deck and the stretcher is on. Replays show he clashed with another Kerry player and took a hip to the head. Killian Young is coming on to replace him. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-9
  • 15:12
    49 min: Fitzgerald is stretchered off after a lengthy break in play. Applause rings out around Killarney. Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-9
  • 15:12
  • 15:15
    51 min: We're back underway and Johnny Buckley rises brilliantly to take the restart. Moments later Kieran Donaghy feeds James O'Donoghue on the left shoulder and his effort is deflected behind well by Kevin Crowley. Kerry 45, Mikey Geaney slots it. Kerry 0-17 Cork 0-9
  • 15:17
    54 min: Mikey Geaney is then scragged as he tries to evade Powter near the endline on the right and he earns a free which James O'Donoghue knocks over. Paul Kerrigan then hits back with an excellent point off the post.  Kerry 0-18 Cork 0-10
  • 15:20
    57 min: Luke Connolly has the chance to chip away at Kerry's lead but pushes his 45 wide. Jack Barry on for Kerry. Kerry 0-18 Cork 0-10
  • 15:24
    59 min: Now James Loughrey is receiving attention - he caught a nasty, accidental, knee to the back of the head from James O'Donoghue. He'll be alight to carry on though. Kerry break and Paul Murphy is rugby tackled by Jamie O'Sullivan, who is shown a black card. James O'Donoghue with the free, slots his seventh point of the match. Kerry 0-19 Cork 0-10
  • 15:24
  • 15:26
    64 min: A high ball causes bedlam under the Cork posts and Paul Geaney seizes on the loose ball, bundling it past O'Halloran and into the net. This is a bit of a drubbing now. Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-10
  • 15:26
    65 min: Cork have a point back via a Paul Kerrigan free. Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-11
  • 15:28
    66 min: Another Cork free and another point for Donncha O'Connor, who fists over after going short in a bid to create a much-needed goal. Kerry 1-19 Cork 1-12
  • 15:30
    68 min: Another Donncha O'Connor point. A better few minutes for Cork but it won't be enough. Jack Barry shows a glimpse of what he can do with a stunning take in midfield. Barry John Keane then slots a very silky point. Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-13
  • 15:31
    70 min: Substitute Stephen O'Brien with his third point from the right. 10 minutes added on. Kerry 1-21 Cork 0-13
  • 15:34
    73 min: A golden chance for Cork, the ball falls to Luke Connolly and he can only drill it over with the goal at his mercy. More composure needed.  Kerry 1-21 Cork 0-14
  • 15:37
    76 min: Kerry turn the screw that little bit more, Paul Geaney bringing his tally to 1-5 with a fisted point from the right. Kerry 1-22 Cork 0-14  
  • 15:40
    79 min: Mammoth point from Shane Enright from way out on the right, adding insult to considerable injury. Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-14
  • 15:41
    80 min: Donncha Ryan with another free. Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15
  • 15:41
    FULL TIME: KERRY 1-23 CORK 0-15
  • 15:42

    Right, thanks for joining this afternoon. I'm off to bring you coverage from Croke Park and the Leinster SHC final - Keith Duggan's match report from Killarney is on the way.