All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-14

Kerry drew with Mayo on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 20th at Croke Park.


All Ireland SFC S-F: Epic encounter finishes level

KERRY 2-14 MAYO 2-14

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

Talk swirled throughout the week about a couple of 2014 classics involving Kerry and Mayo so it was only appropriate that another gripping game went the distance.

Paddy Durcan, the splendid Castlebar Mitchels clubman, had the honour of landing a gorgeous last gasp point to ensure a replay will be required at Croke Park next Saturday. 66,195 spectators watched an enthralling match unfold.

Andy Moran mining 1-5 at one end; Aidan O’Shea battling with Kieran Donaghy at the other. Meanwhile in a clustered middle sector collisions and turnovers were forced. Both teams had pockets of supremacy, but parity eventually prevailed.

Unsurprisingly it commenced at a decent clip and when Andy Moran planted a fifth minute goal Mayo were very much in the groove. By the 13th minute Mayo led 1-2 to 0-2 when Kerry pounced for a major when Donaghy released Stephen O’Brien, who finished smartly.


Stephen O’Brien first half goal

Killian Young and James O’Donoghue subsequently added points, but then came a Mayo flurry which yielded 1-3 without reply. Moran, using all his guile and experience, was central, while Colm Boyle, one of the defensive warriors, thundered up the pitch to grab a goal.

Following that Mayo burst, Stephen Rochford’s charges were 2-5 to 1-4 ahead, but it sparked a Kerry rally. Four points on the spin from Paul Geaney (three frees) and Donaghy ensured the teams departed deadlocked at the break, 2-5 to 1-8.

Delicately poised it continued to ebb and flow. Moran, Donal Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor, and Tom Parsons all raised white flags as Mayo accumulated a 2-9 to 1-9 advantage.

Kerry hit a 46th minute goal when Johnny Buckley made the Mayo net dance following a David Clarke save from David Moran. Paul Geaney dashed about causing Mayo problems, while Moran’s enduring excellence remained a significant factor.

It stayed fast, frenetic, and furious. Kerry hit the front. Mayo levelled. That happened again before O’Connor guided Mayo 2-13 to 2-12 ahead with nine minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Barry John Keane scored. Deadlocked. Then Stephen Coen and Chris Barrett went close. Kerry survived the scares with Geaney’s skill enabling Paul Murphy, who had a dynamic duel with Lee Keegan, to guide over a 69th minute point.

Mayo, admirably defiant until the bitter end, summoned one last attack which culminated in Durcan’s delightful intervention. Kerry had one last gasp opportunity, but Bryan Sheehan’s long distance free was gathered by Aidan O’Shea. Ultimately it means Kerry and Mayo return to the Jones Road venue at 3pm next Saturday. The next instalment should be similarly fascinating.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-7 (3fs), Stephen O’Brien and Johnny Buckley 1-0 each, James O’Donoghue 0-3 (2fs), Kieran Donaghy, Killian Young, Paul Murphy, and Barry John Keane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Andy Moran 1-5, Cillian O’Connor 0-4 (1f), Tom Parsons 0-2, Donal Vaughan, Jason Doherty, and Paddy Durcan 0-1 each.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Jack Savage for Michael Geaney (22), Jonathan Lyne for Mark Griffin (HT), Jack Barry for Anthony Maher (HT), Darran O’Sullivan for Johnny Buckley (54), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (62), Bryan Sheehan for Kieran Donaghy (70).

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle; Seamus O’Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Donal Vaughan, Diarmuid O’Connor; Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran
Subs: Paddy Durcan for Colm Boyle (42), Stephen Coen for Seamus O’Shea (59), David Drake for Diarmuid O’Connor (68), Conor Loftus for Jason Doherty (70).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).



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Fixture Details

20.08.2017 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)



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KERRY OR MAYO TO FILL FIRST FOOTBALL FINAL SLOT?

The GAA hurling All-Ireland final pairing has been decided and now it’s the turn of the footballers, who stage their semi-finals over the next two Sundays.
It starts next Sunday when Kerry play Mayo (3.30), followed by Dublin v Tyrone on Sunday week.
Next Sunday’s game will be preceded by the Cavan v Kerry minor semi-final (1.30). Maurice Deegan (Laois) will referee the Kerry v Mayo game.


KERRY v MAYO

They meet in the championship for the first time since 2014 when it took extra-time in a replay to separate them in the All-Ireland semi-final. It finished 1-16 each in the drawn game in Croke Park before Kerry won the replay in extra time (3-16 to 3-13) in the Gaelic Grounds.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL REPLAY
MAYO
Mayo 2-14 Sligo 0-11 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (aet) (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13 (Qualifiers – Round 3)
Mayo 0-27 Cork 2-20 (aet) (Qualifiers Round 4)
Mayo 1-12 Roscommon 2-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw
Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
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KERRY
Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

MAYO’S TOP SCORERS
Cillian O’Connor…….3-49 (0-35 frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
Andy Moran……………1-15
Diarmuid O’Connor…2-5
Kevin McLoughlin…. 2-5

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KERRY’S TOP SCORERS
James O’Donoghue…..0-18 (0-10 frees)
Paul Geaney ……………1-13 (0-4 frees)
Stephen O’Brien……….1-6
Kieran Donaghy…………1-2


PREVIOUS KERRY-MAYO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
The All-Ireland final will be the 26th championship clash (1903-2014) between Mayo and Kerry with the score standing at 18-4 in the Kingdom’s favour with three draws from the previous 25 games.
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2006: Kerry 4-15 Mayo 3-5 (All-Ireland final)
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2004: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 2-9 (All-Ireland final)
1997: Kerry 0-13 Mayo 1-7 (All-Ireland final)
1996: Mayo 2-13 Kerry 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1981: Kerry 2-19 Mayo 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1969: Kerry 0-14 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1951: Mayo 2-4 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1951: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948: Mayo 0-13 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1939: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1939: Kerry 0-4 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1936: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1932: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 2-4 (All-Ireland final)
1931: Kerry 1-6 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1930: Kerry 1-9 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1929: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1924: Kerry 1-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1910: Kerry 1-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1909: Kerry 2-12 Mayo 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1908: Kerry 2-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1903: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)


LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – KERRY
2016: Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14
2015: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 (Draw)
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
2009: Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7
2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (replay)
2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (draw)
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16
Won 6, Lost 2, Drew 2

LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – MAYO
2016: Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14
2015: Dublin 3-15 Dublin 1-14 (Replay)
2015: Mayo 1-15 Dublin 2-12 (Draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
2014: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (Draw)
2013: Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
2006: Mayo 1-16 Dublin 2-12
2004: Mayo 0-13 Fermanagh 1-8 (replay)
Wins 5, Lost 3, Drew 2.


LAST CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH
KERRY 3-16 MAYO 3-13 (aet) – 2014 ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL REPLAY, GAELIC GROUNDS
KERRY: Brian Kelly; Paul Murphy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Shane Enright; Aidan O’Mahony, Peter Crowley, Killian Young (0-1); Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney (0-4, 0-3 frees), Kieran Donaghy (1-0), James O’Donoghue (2-6, 2-0 pens, 0-2 frees)
Subs: Marc O Se (0-1) for Enright; Pa Kilkenny for Fitzgerald (black card); Barry John Keane (0-2, 0-2 frees) for Paul Geaney; Declan O’Sullivan for Buckley; Kieran O’Leary for Michael Geaney; Johnathon Lyne (0-2) for Walsh; Paul Geaney for O’Donoghue; Mark Griffin for Crowley; Bryan Sheehan for O’Mahony.
MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Keith Higgins, Ger Cafferkey, Tom Cunniffe; Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan (0-1), Lee Keegan; Seamus O Shea, Barry Moran; Kevin McLoughlin (0-1), Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty (0-3); Cillian O’Connor (2-5, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Andy Moran (1-1), Alan Dillon.
Subs: Tom Parsons for Aidan O’Shea (blood sub); Alan Freeman for O’Connor (blood sub), Michael Conroy (0-1) for Barry Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Conroy; Conroy for Dillon; Richie Feeney for Aidan O’Shea; Alan Freeman (0-1, free) for Andy Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Seamus O Shea; Brendan Harrison for Vaughan; Chris Barrett for Boyle.


  • Mayo last beat Kerry in the championship in 1996, winning an All-Ireland semi-final by 2-13 to 1-10. They have met on seven occasions in the championship since then, with Kerry winning six times while there was one draw.
  • Mayo beat Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Tralee Round 2 of this year’s Allianz League (February 11). Kerry led by 1-7 to 0-4 after 30 minutes and by 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time. Mayo, for whom Cillian O’Connor scored 0-9 (all frees), won the second half by 0-9 to 0-3. Barry John Keane on 1-3 was Kerry’s top scorer.
  • Éamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013-2014-2015-16-17 and to the 2014 All-Ireland title. Kerry’s championship record under Fitzmaurice reads:
    Played 24; Won 19, Drew 2, Lost 3.
    All three defeats came against Dublin in the 2013 and 2016 semi-finals and the 2015 final.

  • Stephen Rochford is in his second season as Mayo manager. Their championship record under him is as follows:
    Played 15, Won 11, Drew 1, Lost 3.

  • Mayo are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final via the qualifiers for a second successive year.
  • Other than Dublin (2013 and 2016), the last county to beat Kerry in an All-Ireland semi-final was Tyrone in 2003.
  • Kerry are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final for the 11th time since the turn of Millennium and for the fourth time in seven seasons (2011-14-15). Mayo are trying to reach the final for the fourth time in six seasons (2012-13-16).