Munster SFC Semi-Final – Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 2-8

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 2-14 to 2-8 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 14th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SFC: Kerry east past Tipp into final


By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry beat Tipperary by six points in this afternoon’s Munster SFC semi-final, to set up a provincial showpiece with old rivals Cork on July 5.

Throw-in was delayed by 15 minutes as just the New Stand was open to punters attempting to gain access to Semple Stadium. When play got underway, Tipp led by 1-1 to 0-0 within four minutes, with two-goal hero Michael Quinlivan netting for the hosts. But Kerry came roaring back to led by 2-6 to 2-4 at half-time, Barry John Keane and Paul Geaney on target with goals before Quinlivan netted his second.

And a run of five successive points after half-time provided the platform for Kerry’s win, which sets up a Munster final clash with old rivals Cork on July 5. Kerry welcomed back Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper after injury ruled him out of the entire 2014 campaign and the Dr. Crokes superstar scored three points, including two from play.

Tipp registered 13 wides to just five from Kerry and that was a crucial factor in their defeat. But the Premier County, beaten by 17 points in Killarney two years ago, did close the gap and look set for another good run in the qualifiers. Tipp’s U21 captain Colin O’Riordan started well but seemed to be hampered by injury as the game progressed. And another U21 star, Ian Fahey, was ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained during the warm-up.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 2-0, C Sweeney 0-2 (2f), C O’Riordan 0-1, G Mulhaire 0-1, B Fox 0-1, K O’Halloran 0-1 (1 ’45’), B Grogan 0-1 (1f), J Lonergan 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-2, B J Keane 1-1, B Sheehan 0-5 (3f), C Cooper 0-3 (1f), A Maher 0-1, M Geaney 0-1, S O’Brien 0-1

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; P Codd, C McDonald, R Kiely; S Kennedy, P Acheson, A Campbell; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; C O’Riordan, P Austin, G Mulhaire; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Fox. Subs: J Lonergan for Kiely (31), B Grogan for Hannigan (h.t.), K O’Halloran for Austin (54), L Casey for Fox (65), B Mulvihill for Sweeney (65), A Morrissey for Kennedy (70).

KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó’Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; M Geaney, C Cooper, J Buckley; P Geaney, K Donaghy, B.J. Keane. Subs: S O’Brien for Buckley (33), J O’Donoghue for Keane (48), A O’Mahony for Crowley (49), D O’Sullivan for M Geaney (53), D Walsh for Sheehan (62), T Walsh for Maher (67).

Referee: C Branagan (Down)

Fixture Details

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final
Sunday 14th June 2015 in Semple Stadium, Thurles @ 15:30
Tiobraid Árann v Ciarraí
No Extra Time to be played
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (An Dún)

Ticket Information

Adult: €15
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Under 16’s are FREE and do not require a ticket

This is an unreserved fixture and entry is via the O Riain (New) Stand only.

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to contest their Munster Championship Semi-Final at 3.30pm on Sunday next June 14th against Kerry in Semple Stadium, Thurles has been announced.

Following on from their very impressive quarter-final display, manager Peter Creedon has elected to run with the same 15 that started the last day in what he hopes will be the side to derail the highly fancied Kerry outfit. It provides therefore a major boost to his Tipperary side with the news that Colin O’Riordan has been passed fit to start after his recent injury scare.

The team then is as follows –

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Paddy Codd Capt. (Killenaule), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ger Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship semi final in Thurles on Sunday contains just 7 of the team that started the All Ireland Final against Donegal last year.

All Stars, Paul Murphy and David Moran, miss the game due to injury while Brian Kelly, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Brien, James O’Donoghue and Donnchadh Walsh are all named in the substitutes list for Sunday’s game.

Of the six subs that saw action against Donegal last September, Shane Enright, Michael Geaney, Bryan Sheehan and Barry John Keane are all included in the starting fifteen this time round while Kieran O’Leary is injured and Declan O’Sullivan has since retired.

Jonathan Lyne of Killarney Legion makes his full Championship debut while Colm Cooper is named at centre forward for his 77th championship game and returns to championship action for the first time since the 2013 All Ireland semi final against Dublin.

The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

7. Killian Young Renard

8. Anthony Maher Duagh

9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Paul Geaney Dingle

14. Kieran Donaghy (C) Austin Stacks

15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

18. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

19. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

20. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar

21. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

22. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

23. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

24. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

25. Jack Sherwood Firies

26. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Additional Information:

Injuries Update

The following players are not available for selection due to injury:

David Moran (Shoulder Injury)
Paul Murphy (Shoulder Injury)
Paul Galvin (Quad Injury)
Kieran O’Leary (Recovering from surgery on Achilles Tendon Injury)


For the Record

  Kerry Tipperary
2015 Team Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Peter Creedon
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Clare in Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis by 1-17 to 1-14

Defeated Cork by 0-24 to 0-12 in Munster Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Defeated Galway by 1-20 to 2-10 in All Ireland Quarter-Final in Croke Park.

Drew with Mayo 1-16 each in All Ireland Semi-Final at Croke Park.

Defeated Mayo by 3-16 to 3-13 aet in All Ireland Semi-Final replay in Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Won All Ireland championship defeating Donegal by 2-9 to 0-12 in the final.

Won Munster quarter-final against Limerick by 2-14 to 1-11.

Lost Munster semi-final to Cork by 0-16 to 1-11.

Defeated Longford by 2-17 to 0-6 in Qualifiers Round 2.

Defeated Laois by 3-17 to 4-9 in Qualifiers Round 3.

Lost Qualifiers Round 4 game to Galway by 4-17 to 4-12.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 76 9
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2013 1935
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 40
Won – 30
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Played – 21
Won – 4
Lost – 15
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 26th 2013 Munster Quarter-Final at Killarney: Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8. See match report at:

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2015


Saturday May 23rd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 0-15                 Limerick 0-13

Sunday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary 1-24         Waterford 0-5


Sunday June 14th
@ Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork – Cork v Clare @ 3.30pm

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles – Tipperary v Kerry @ 3.30pm


Sunday July 5th

2pm throw-in

Useful Information

The average number of scores per game in the Munster Senior Football championship since 2008:

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 – 28.6; 2015 so far: 29.

This is the first senior inter-county championship game to be played in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The same 4 teams are in this year’s semi-finals as last year but last year it was Cork v Tipperary and Kerry v Clare.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship as they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 5 defeats in 38 matches played.

Cork defeated Clare in 2011, 12 and 13 in the Munster Championship:

2011 Quarter Final – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

2012 Final – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13

2013 Semi-Final – Cork 1-20 Clare 1-11

Tipperary lost to Kerry in 4 quarter finals in a row from 2010 to 2013 inclusive.

Both semi-final referees come from Ulster – Joe McQuillan (Cavan) is in charge of Clare v Cork while Ciaran Branagan (Down) will referee Kerry v Tipperary.

Scorers in Munster Championship 2015

Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary )         1-3 (0-1f)

Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)              0-6

Gary Brennan (Clare)                       0-4

Ian Ryan (Limerick)                          0-4 (0-2f)

Brian Scanlan (Limerick)                  0-3 (0-1f, 0-2 45)

Brian Fox (Tipperary)                       0-3

Philip Austin (Tipperary)                   0-3

Conor Sweeney (Tipperary)             0-3 (0-2f)

Eoin Cleary (Clare)                           0-2

Rory Donnelly (Clare)                      0-2

Cathal McInerney (Clare)                 0-2 (0-1f)

Peter Nash (Limerick)                      0-2

George Hannigan (Tipperary)          0-2

Michael O’Halloran (Waterford)       0-2

JJ Hutchinson (Waterford)               0-2 (0-2f)

Jamie Malone (Clare)                       0-1

Paraic Collins (Clare)                       0-1

Cathal O’Connor (Clare)                  0-1 (0-1 45)

Shane Brennan (Clare)                    0-1

Sean Collins (Clare)                         0-1

Iain Corbett (Limerick)                      0-1

Robert Browne (Limerick)                0-1

Stephen Cahill (Limerick)                 0-1

Cian Sheehan (Limerick)                 0-1

Seamus Kennedy (Tipperary)          0-1

Peter Acheson (Tipperary)               0-1

Ger Mulhaire (Tipperary)                  0-1

Jason Lonergan (Tipperary)             0-1

Shane Briggs (Waterford)                0-1 

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (76) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

Cork (37) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 37, 13 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information