Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-8

Kerry survive late Cork onslaught to book final date

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-8

Kerry booked a spot in this year’s Munster JFC final after surviving a late Cork onslaught in yesterday’s semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Kerry survive late Cork onslaught to book final date The Kingdom were firmly in control with eight minutes remaining after sub Paul O’Donoghue stretched their advantage to six points. But Cork, champions in this grade last year which meant they had to field an entirely new side for this game, mounted a late rally with subs Eoghan Buckley and John Dineen hitting four points between them from frees to narrow the gap. Ultimately it took a brave block by Sean Og O Ciardubháin to deny Dineen a goal in injury-time to secure Kerry’s win.

They were full value for the victory, having recovered from a poor start when Cork corner-forward John Paul Murphy crashed home a brilliant goal in the fifth minute. Cork built on that to lead 1-2 to 0-1 by the 12th minute yet Kerry, with Mike O’Donoghue excelling in attack, recovered to lead 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval. The opening stages of the second-half were evenly contested with O’Mahony and David O’Callaghan raising white flags for Kerry before Murphy and Mark Delaney replied for Cork. However, Kerry then upped the tempo with Conor Cox, a shining light for the county U21 side this season, O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien all posing problems in attack and demonstrating accuracy in front of goal. O’Mahony was again denied by Seymour when he closed in on goal in the 50th minute yet Kerry’s advantage still looked healthy at 0-13 to 1-4 with eight minutes left. They needed to fend off a powerful comeback by Cork though before sealing their place in the final against Clare on July 11.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (0-2f), M O’Donoghue 0-3 each, S O’Brien, N O’Mahony 0-2 each, D O’Callaghan, N Ó Sé, P O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: JP Murphy 1-1 (0-1f), E Buckley, J Dineen 0-2 (0-2f) each, K O’Driscoll, M Delaney, P O’Flynn (0-1f) 0-1 each.

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K Quirke, P Corridan, K O’Dwyer; E Hickson, M Mangan, J Sherwood; A Garnett, J Walsh; N O’Mahony, M O’Donoghue, D O’Callaghan; S O’Brien, N Ó Sé, C Cox.

Subs: P O’Donoghue for O’Callaghan (40), G O’Driscoll for Cox (53), M Brennan for O’Mahony (58), A O’Sullivan for Garnett (60).

CORK: A Seymour; J McLoughlin, J Dennehy, B O’Riordan; N Barry, M Hickey, J Cronin; M Delaney, R Deane; P O’Flynn, K O’Driscoll, C O’Driscoll; J Lane, S Beston, JP Murphy.

Subs: J Dineen for C O’Driscoll (16-18, blood), N McCarthy for Barry (38), F O’Shea for Delaney (46), Dineen for Murphy (50), J Ryan for Hickey, E Buckley for C O’Driscoll (both 54).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Kerry in Sunday’s Munster Semi-Final will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Seymour

2. John McLoughlin 3. Joe Dennehy 4. Brian O’ Riordan

5. Noel Barry 6. Martin Hickey 7. John Cronin

8. Mark Delaney 9. Ruairi Deane

10. Paul Flynn 11. Kevin O’Driscoll 12. Colm O’ Driscoll

13. John Lane 14. Shane Beston 15. John Paul Murphy

Subs:

16. David Hanrahan (Douglas)

17. John Ryan (Newmarket)

18. Niall Doherty (Grenagh)

19. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)

20. Niall Mccarthy (Kinsale)

21. Fionn O’ Shea (Clyda Rovers)

22. Eoghan Buckley (St . Michael’s)

23. John Dineen (Eire Og)

24. Ted O’ Shea (Ballyclough)

Kerry Junior Team to play Cork on Sunday 10th June .

1. Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin

(Cordal)

 

2. Kieran Quirke

C. Ó Coirc

(Duagh)

 

3. Pat Corridan

P. Ó Corradáin

(Finuge)

 

4. Kevin O’Dwyer

C. Ó Duibhir

(Waterville)

 

5. Eamon Hickson

E. Ó Icí

(Annascaul)

 

6. Marcus Mangan (Capt )

M. Ó Mongáin

(Milltown/Castlemaine)

 

7. Jack Sherwood

S. Sherwood

(Firies)

 

8. Andrew Garnett

A. Garnett

(Spa)

 

9. James Walsh

S. Breathnach

(Knocknagoshel)

 

10. David O’Callaghan

D. Ó Ceallacháin

(St Pats Blennerville)

 

11. Mike O’Donoghue

M. Ó Donnchú

(Spa)

 

12. Niall O’Mahony

N. Ó Mathúna

(Spa)

 

13. Stephen O’Brien

S. Ó Briain

(Kenmare)

 

14. Niall Ó Sé

(Piarsaigh na Dromada)

 

15. Conor Cox

C. Mac an Choilligh

(Listowel Emmets)

 

16. Sean O’Dee

S. Ó Diaghaidh

(Beale)

 

17. Alan O’Sullivan

A. Ó Suilleabháin

(Tuosist)

 

18. Garry O’Driscoll

G. Ó Drisceóil

(Skellig Rangers)

 

19. Brendan O Mahoney

B. Ó Mathúna

(John Mitchels)

 

20. Niall Fitzgerald

N. Mac Gearailt

(Waterville)

 

21. Michael Brennan

M. Ó Braonáin

(Churchill)

 

22. Paul O’Donoghue

P. Ó Donnchú

(St. Mary’s)

 

23. Jason Hickson

J. Ó Icí

(Annascaul)

 

24. Cathal Moriarty

C. Ó Muircheartaigh

(Milltown Castlemaine)

 

25. Brendan Poff

B. Poff

(St Pats Blennerville)

 

26. Edmund Walsh

E. Breathnach

(Knocknagoshel)

 

27. Colm Kerins

A. Ó Céirín

(Milltown Castlemaine)

 

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahil, (Spa)

Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda)

Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)

Munster GAA SFC Semi Final – Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

Cork banish Kingdom to the scenic route

SEÁN MORAN at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL: Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12: FOR A championship fixture that to the casual observer must appear to take place twice a week, yesterday’s Munster football semi-final between Cork and Kerry had a significant feel to it. It’s three years since Cork beat their neighbours and in the interim they had met on four occasions, so man of the match Donncha O’Connor’s declaration that “the more times you beat Kerry the happier you will be” had a ring of conviction. Favourites generally don’t do well in the fixture, even though the odds are rarely too radically skewed so it was satisfying for the home side to carry that weight into action and deliver after 70 minutes of fairly prosaic football.

There was an elegiac air to Kerry’s defeat. Two of their totemic figures, Paul Galvin and Kieran Donaghy, were replaced in the second half and the team trailed for all but a few minutes of the match. It was possible to believe that maybe an era was passing but similar sentiments three years ago after an even more comprehensive defeat for Kerry looked foolish by the time the All-Ireland was presented some weeks later. Lurking reservations about Cork’s mental resilience when Kerry crank it up meant it would have been damaging for them to squander the winning platform as they had done two years ago. So the contest was a challenge and the league winners also had to cope with a trading loss at centrefield where Kerry won most of the possession.

In practical terms Cork’s defence did well to shut out their opponents in a first half that saw a few goal chances foiled and their patience in moving the ball around the attack before teasing out an opening was rewarded with some well taken scores, with O’Connor once again showing well with six points, including four from play.

Cork made two changes before the throw-in. Both Fintan Goold and Pearse O’Neill were withdrawn because of injuries just before the start and Ciarán Sheehan and the veteran Nicholas Murphy started. After a few moments at centrefield with Aidan Walsh in the full-forward line, Murphy switched inside and took up duties at full forward. Having started the sharper looking team, Cork fell into a dip, as Kerry built the more convincing attacks and were hungrier on the breaks around the middle. Good covering and focused support play helped Cork’s defence stand up but there were occasional lapses, which created goal chances that Kerry will rue not converting. Within a minute Kerry were looking for a penalty after Colm Cooper went down under pressure from Michael Shields but referee David Coldrick correctly decided otherwise. Cork took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead but had to defend.

Sheehan, in his first competitive start since getting injured against Kerry 11 months ago, put in a great block having just boomed a point over minutes previously. Kieran O’Leary was fouled after Graham Canty was caught out by the ball and Cooper equalised. In the 16th minute Kerry’s first goal chance came. Declan O’Sullivan broke past Canty, opened the defence and passed to Donaghy. He maybe should have taken on the shot but immediately transferred to Cooper whose attempt to squeeze in the goal was blocked by Shields. The consequent 45 indicated one of the big problems for Kerry. Bryan Sheehan’s absence with injury had deprived them of a place-kicker who only two years ago helped them survive the drawn semi-final in Killarney. In his absence Brendan Kealy tried to emulate Dublin’s shooting goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton but he was wide with two 45s.

The second goal opening came after a penetrative move featuring Peter Crowley, Darran O’Sullivan, Cooper and Donaghy forced a smothering block from Alan Quirke. Trailing 0-4 to 0-7 at the break, Kerry reconfigured and replacements Johnny Buckley, at centrefield, and James O’Donoghue in attack made an immediate impact, combining within a minute of the restart to cut the margin. O’Donoghue went on to have an impressive match, kicking two points, providing an assist for Eoin Brosnan’s point and winning a converted free after yet another save was demanded of Quirke, this time by Declan O’Sullivan.

For all the early second-half promise, Kerry were pegged back by Cork who managed to stay in front and restore the three-point lead twice in the third quarter. Kerry switched their match-ups, putting Marc Ó Sé on to Donncha O’Connor until the Corkman moved to the half forwards but the character of the match didn’t swing. Cork were still able to get the scores necessary to maintain their lead. Murphy caused problems at full forward, breaking the ball for O’Connor in the 57th minute but instead of a goal attempt he opted for the safety of a fisted point. With 10 minutes left, the match was poised at two, 0-13 to 0-11, but any Kerry hopes that Cork might develop jitters or the champions contrive a goal came to nothing, as the home intensified the pressure.

Paul Kerrigan played a prominent role in the second half, his runs opening up space and his ability to thread an accurate pass through the defensive cover a threat. Daniel Goulding made his own reappearance and kicked two points from play to signal his return to the fray. Colm O’Neill might have had an injury-time goal but his shot flew over. He clutched his head in his hands in recognition of the wasted chance but a minute later swung over the final point of the day from a free to leave Cork on course for direct entry to the All-Ireland quarter-finals through next month’s provincial final against Clare. Kerry are back on the open road, a course they’ve stayed before but the passing of time won’t make it any easier.

CORK : 1 A Quirke; 2 R Carey, 4 E Cadogan, 3 M Shields; 5 P Kissane (0-1), 6 G Canty, 7 N O’Leary; 8 A O’Connor, 9 A Walsh; 21 C Sheehan (0-1), 12 P Kelly, 15 P Kerrigan (0-2); 13 C O’Neill (0-5, three frees), 17 N Murphy, 14 D O’Connor (0-6, two frees). Subs: 23 D Goulding (0-2) for Sheehan (52 mins), 25 B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70 mins), 19 M Collins for Kerrigan (73 mins), 18 E Cotter for Kissane (73 mins). Yellow cards: Shields (49 mins), O’Connor (53 mins).

KERRY : 1 B Kealy; 4 K Young, 3 A O’Mahony, 2 M Ó Sé; 7 P Crowley, 6 Brosnan (0-1), 5 T Ó Sé; 8 A Maher, 9 S Scanlon; 10 P Galvin (0-1), 11 Declan O’Sullivan (0-2), 12 Darran O’Sullivan (0-1); 13 C Cooper (0-5, 0-3 frees), 14 K Donaghy, 15 K O’Leary. Subs: 20 J O’Donoghue (0-2) for O’Leary (half-time), 23 J Buckley for Scanlon (half-time), 17 P Curtin for Donaghy (66 mins), 22 BJ Keane for Galvin (66 mins). Yellow cards: Maher (35 mins), Darran O’Sullivan (63 mins), Crowley (72 mins).

Referee : David Coldrick (Meath).

Att : 23,184

‘Today we did show a bit of composure and slowed it down’

For Cork, beating Kerry is its own reward and yesterday before a small Páirc Uí­ Chaoimh attendance of 23,184 Conor Counihan’s team were rewarded for the first time in three years. Although they ultimately ran out as comfortable winners, the verdict was open until the closing minutes. As usual when these two sides meet this was a physical contest. Referee David Coldrick appeared to have forgotten his cards for much of the first half and the eventual flashing of yellow at Anthony Maher in first half injury-time loosened him up and he was less inhibited thereafter.

Cork manager Counihan was pleased with his side’s ability to keep their focus throughout to finish strongly. “On other days we mightn’t have shown the same composure. Today we did show a bit of composure and slowed it down and I think we tried to boss the game a little, which is we haven’t done previously.” He revealed that Fintan Goold (toe infection) and Pearse O’Neill (groin strain) had been ruled out only before the throw-in and that he was glad to be able to bring players of the quality of Ciarán Sheehan and Nicholas Murphy.

One of the team’s strengths has been its impenetrability and yesterday, alert goalkeeping and resolute defending kept Kerry goalless despite the creation of some good chances. “Goals are psychologically important for any team and we’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve done well in that regard this year. We’re probably disappointed we’re not getting one or two ourselves but I think it’s important and if you can prevent goals you’re a long way there.”

His counterpart Jack O’Connor had no excuses and was disappointed by his team’s lack of productivity. “We’ve had some good days against Cork over the past years but they were deserving winners today. Kicking 12 points won’t win you too many games. “There was a period in the first half when we had some good chances but didn’t nail them. We must have missed at least three goal chances. We managed to create the chances but we needed to take at least one of them. “That would have given us confidence. Instead, they were able to break away and get scores from the turnovers. That was critical.” He reacted sharply to suggestions by RTÉ pundit Martin Carney that this had been the day “the music died” for the Kerry team.

“Is he becoming the be-all and end-all? We think there’s a fair bit left in this squad. We have to come back and look at it (not this week – they have championship games) when they come back training. We’ll see. It depends on the attitude fellas come back with.”

Man of the Match Donncha O’Connor said that in Conor Counihan’s regime past performance is no guide to future prospects. “Conor keeps on to us about the panel we have and if you’re not focused and ready for the next game, no matter who it’s against, there will be other fells who want it more than you. “You have to turn up to training or matches fully focused or you won’t be long being found out. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing – Dublin, Mayo or Clare, you have to be focused. We have to treat every game the same because it’s so hard to hold on to your place. With the players we have on the bench we can take nothing for granted.” Seán Moran

 

Cork’s power point

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

With seven minutes left, Daniel Goulding spun away from slotting over a point into the Blackrock end and raised an arm to the crowd in celebration. Premature? Not a chance. The win was baked and caked. As Jack O’Connor said afterwards, Cork won pulling up. Even if a subdued Darran O’Sullivan pointed two minutes later, any chance of a Kerry goal — and there had been a few — had disappeared by the break.

There was no urgency in Kerry’s reaction to Goulding’s score, which put Cork four points up. Seconds later, after attempting to plough what was admittedly a lonely furrow in the full-forward line, Kieran Donaghy was hauled off. Paul Galvin, whose first touch was untypically off, then made way, much to the delight of the home crowd. It was then they knew their team had won.

Goulding, in fact, had done the exact same thing in the Division 1 final when also coming on as a substitute to make a scoring contribfution to the victory. Back then, there were only a scattering of Cork souls to greet his effort. Yesterday, he had a more fitting audience who must have been satisfied with the conviction of their team. They had been waiting three years to earn these bragging rights but that will make them all the sweeter especially given Cork’s composure and the doubts hanging over Kerry’s All-Ireland credentials. When previewing yesterday’s game, we spoke of Kerry’s superior flexibility. In fact, it was Cork who were the more so here with just one of the four forwards originally named in the team playing where he was selected (Colm O’Neill).

Kerry, on the other hand, lined out their attack as O’Connor had announced early last week. The persuasive manner of Cork’s second-half display also put to bed any fears at half-time the result of the game might be swayed by the officiating. David Coldrick’s laissez-faire approach had threatened to damage the game as a spectacle too. In all, 27 frees had been awarded with Anthony Maher in additional time the only yellow card recipient of the first-half.

With such leeway, both teams, more so Cork, indulged in a lot of cynical play safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t be blown up too much. Galvin, having been ticked, should have been yellow-carded in the 21st minute. Nicholas Murphy was also fortunate to escape more than a warning. At the interval, Cork were three points up — 0-7 to 0-4 — after finishing it stronger.

But they had also started the better too despite Colm Cooper stumbling when through on goal in the opening minute. Cork were 0-3 to 0-1 up after six minutes, Ciarán Sheehan — a late replacement for Fintan Goold — and Donncha O’Connor pointing after O’Connor and Declan O’Sullivan had exchanged points. Murphy, who had come in for Pearse O’Neill, was positioned at the edge of the square and was marshalled well by Aidan O’Mahony before he enjoyed a purple patch midway through the second-half.

Kerry burst back with a flurry of points which put them ahead for the first and only time in the 20th minute. All three scores came from Cooper’s pegs, the latter two from frees. Prior to the last of those, he had a goal chance denied by Alan Quirke after Donaghy, who should have kicked towards the net himself, passed to him.

The resultant 45 was put wide by Brendan Kealy, one of two he failed to convert on a day when Bryan Sheehan’s dead-ball expertise was sorely missed. It was then Cork’s turn to score three on the bounce, O’Neill making up for a miss from an easy free with a delightful point, which was quickly followed by one from Paul Kerrigan and then an O’Connor free after sloppy play from Seamus Scanlon. Although Kerry didn’t score for the remainder of the half, Quirke was sharp to block a Donaghy shot after Darran O’Sullivan and Cooper had linked up.

How Kerry rued that spurned opportunity as O’Neill floated over a free to put Cork three ahead following an O’Mahony foul. With Scanlon and an unlucky Kieran O’Leary exiting at half-time, Johnny Buckley and James O’Donoghue brought vitality to the Kerry attack. O’Donoghue, with his first touch, and Declan O’Sullivan had Cork’s lead whittled down to one two minutes in but Cork managed to keep their noses in front. They restored their three-point lead in the 44th minute after Paudie Kissane punted over an outside-of-the-boot effort following O’Connor and Cooper scores.

Galvin responded with one of his own and O’Donoghue grabbed his second only for Kerrigan to punish a Peter Crowley mistake. Murphy had a shot snuffed out by Brendan Kealy in the 54th minute but Goulding reacted quickest to put three between the teams again. Twice Kerry got within two via a Cooper free and an Eoin Brosnan point but O’Connor responded each time, the first after a Murphy lay-off and then almost directly from a Kerry kick-out. Goulding’s defining score, reacting quicker than Declan O’Sullivan to a Tomás Ó Sé pass, had Cork’s supporters believing. With two of Kerry’s leaders taken off the field, it was left to O’Neill to perform the coup de graces. Kerry already knew their fate.

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor 0-6 (2f); C O’Neill 0-5 (2f); P Kerrigan, D Goulding 0-2 each; C Sheehan, P Kissane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (3f); Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue 0-2 each; P Galvin, E Brosnan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: D Goulding for Sheehan (52); B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70); E Cotter for Kissane (73); M Collins for Kerrigan (74).

Subs for Kerry: J Buckey for Scanlon, J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (both h-t); P Curtin for Donaghy (63); BJ Keane for Galvin (66).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Team News

CORK (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A Walsh, A O’Connor; F Goold, P O’Neill, P Kelly; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan.

Kerry Senior Team V Cork for Munster Semi Final on Sunday 10th June at 2.00pm in Pairc Uí Chaoimh has been announced as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 3. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 4. Killian Young (Renard)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes) 7. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) 12. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

13. Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes) Captain 14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

Substitutes:

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

18. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

19. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

20. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

21. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s)

22. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

23. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

24. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

25. Michael Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks)

Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Note changes to team from Tipperary game.

• Bryan Sheenan is injured.

• Marc Ó Sé returns after injury.

• Aidan O’Mahony and Kieran Donaghy are on first fifteen.

• Brian Maguire, Daniel Bohan and Patrick Curtin are on the bench.

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2012 Team Manager Conor Counihan Jack O’Connor
2012 Team Captain Graham Canty Colm Cooper
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Clare and Waterford to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 1-12 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Defeated Tipperary, Limerick and Cork to win the Munster Final. Defeated Limerick and Mayo to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Dublin by 1-12 to 1-11.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 36 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2009 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 17
Lost – 8
Drawn – 5
Played – 34
Won – 25
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 3rd 2011 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Final) – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 – a Darran O’Sullivan goal capped off a dominant first half performance as Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-5 at the interval. Cork came back to within a point in the second half but Kerry held out for a three point victory. Click for more details

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 20th

@ Pairc na nGael                             Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Semi-Finals
Saturday June 9th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare v Limerick @ 7:30pm

Sunday June 10th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Kerry @ 2:00pm

Final

Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn more matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 4 defeats in 34 matches played.

There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game).

“Points win games”!! – Or so you would think looking at the recent record of Cork and Kerry. Neither County has recorded more than 1 goal in Munster Senior Football Championship meetings since the 2000 Munster Semi-Final which Kerry won by 2-15 to 1-13. During the 14 subsequent Munster Championship matches between the counties, they have combined to score a total of 14 goals between them or 1 goal for every 70 minutes of Championship action.

The highest score by an individual team in a Cork vs. Kerry Munster Senior Football Championship match was the 1976 Munster Final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh which Kerry won by 3-20 to 2-19.

The highest margin of victory between the teams was in the first round match in 1937 played at Killarney with Kerry winning by 6-7 to 0-4 – a margin of 21 points.

Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.

Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (10) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 3 of those 9 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8) and most recently against Waterford (2-12 to 0-7) in the 2012 first round on May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare have won 1 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship, a 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Waterford at Cusack Park Ennis in May 2008.

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Football Championship with 2-16 (0-9 from frees) in three matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) was second with 0-14 (0-5 frees) while there was a three-way tie for 3rd place involving Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry – 2-6), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry – 0-12) and Donnacha O’Connor (Cork – 2-6, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty).

2011 Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12

Kerry: B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, E Brosnan, K Young, A Maher, B Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: B J Keane for K O’Leary (52), M Quirke for B Sheehan (56), D Bohan for S Enright (63), J O’Donoghue for Darran O’Sullivan (66)

Cork: A Quirke, J O’Sullivan, G Canty, M Shields, N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane, A O’Connor, A Walsh, C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill, D Goulding, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan

Subs: E Cotter for J O’Sullivan (h/t) F Gould for C Sheehan (inj 42), E Cadogan for P Kissane (48), F Lynch for P Kerrigan (69), D O’Sullivan for J Miskella (70)

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Scorers for Kerry: Declan O’Sullivan 0-5, Darran O’Sullivan 1-0, C Cooper 0-2 (0-1 free), B Sheehan for K Donaghy 0-2 each, E Brosnan, D Walsh, K O’Leary and J O’Donoghue 0-1 each

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-5 ( 0-3 frees), D O’Connor 1-1, P Kerrigan 0-3, A O’Connor, C Sheehan, and P Kelly 0-1 each

2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Daniel Bohane, Killian Young; Tomás O’Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary; Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Subs used: Kieran Donaghy for Galvin (45); Brian Maguire for Young (48 inj); Barry John Keane for Curtin (50); James O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50); Aidan O’Mahony for Brosnan (62).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald ; Andrew Morrissey , Paddy Codd , Ciarán McDonald ; Brian Fox , Robbie Costigan , Alan Campbell ; George Hannigan , Hugh Coghlan ; Lorcan Egan , Peter Acheson , Shane Scully ; Alan Maloney , Michael Quinlivan , Philip Austin
Subs used: Donagh Leahy  for Costigan (26 inj); Richie Ryan  for Scully (48); Bernard O’Brien  for Quinlivan (64); Aldo Matassa  for Hannigan (70+1).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-7 (0-6 frees)
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-5 frees)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-1
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Alan Maloney (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-2
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 0-2 frees
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2

Tomás O’Sé (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Stephen Kelly (Limerick), John Cooke (Limerick), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary), Shane Ahearne (Waterford)  – 0-1 each

Kerry v Cork

Past Munster Senior Football Championship Meetings

Year Stage Kerry Cork Venue Notes
1889 Semi Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-2 Mallow
1890 Final Kerry 0-0 Cork 0-0 Markets Field Abandoned
1890 Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 1-4 Banteer
1891 Semi Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 2-5 Killarney
1892 Final Kerry 3-6 Cork 0-5 Killarney
1893 Final Kerry scr Cork w.o Mallow
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-6 Limerick Draw
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-8 Millstreet Replay
1902 Semi Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Millstreet
1903 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-3 Markets Field
1904 Semi Final Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-0 Markets Field
1905 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-5 Cork A G
1906 Final Kerry 0-3 Cork 1-10 Tipperary
1907 Semi Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-9 Limerick
1909 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-4 Markets Field Draw
1909 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-6 Cork A G Replay
1910 Final Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1912 Round 1 Kerry 2-3 Cork 0-1 Tralee
1913 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-1 Cork A G
1914 Final Kerry 0-5 Cork 0-1 Tralee
1920 Semi Final Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-4 Cork A G
1923 Semi Final Kerry 3-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1924 Semi Final Kerry 4-3 Cork 2-1 Cork A G
1925 Semi Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 1-0 Tralee
1926 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 2-1 Listowel
1927 Round 1 Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-1 Cork A G
1929 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-3 Cork A G
1934 Round 1 Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-3 Fermoy
1937 Round 1 Kerry 6-7 Cork 0-4 Killarney
1938 Final Kerry 4-14 Cork 0-6 Clonakilty
1942 Final Kerry 3-7 Cork 0-8 Tralee
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G Draw
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-5 Cork A G Replay
1945 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1946 Round 1 Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-4 Killarney
1947 Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 2-6 Cork A G
1948 Final Kerry 2-9 Cork 2-6 Killarney
1950 Final Kerry 2-5 Cork 1-5 Cork A G
1951 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-4 Killarney
1952 Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 0-11 Cork A G
1953 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 2-3 Killarney
1954 Final Kerry 4-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G
1955 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 2-6 Killarney
1956 Final Kerry 2-2 Cork 0-8 Cork A G Draw
1956 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-8 Cork A G Replay
1958 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1959 Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-8 Killarney
1961 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-7 Cork A G Draw
1961 Final Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-4 Killarney Replay
1962 Final Kerry 4-8 Cork 0-4 Cork A G
1963 Final Kerry 1-18 Cork 3-7 Killarney
1964 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-8 Cork A G
1966 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-7 Killarney
1967 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-8 Cork A G
1968 Final Kerry 1-21 Cork 3-8 Killarney
1969 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-4 Cork A G
1970 Final Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-9 Killarney
1971 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-25 Cork A G
1972 Final Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15 Killarney
1973 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 5-12 Cork A G
1974 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1975 Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-7 Killarney
1976 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1976 Final Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
1977 Final Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-9 Killarney
1978 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-7 P. Ui Chaoimh
1979 Final Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-4 Killarney
1980 Final Kerry 3-13 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh
1981 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-3 Killarney
1982 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-9 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1982 Final Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12 Killarney Replay
1983 Final Kerry 3-9 Cork 3-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
1984 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-10 Killarney
1985 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 2-7 P. Ui Chaoimh
1986 Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-8 Killarney
1987 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1987 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-13 Killarney Replay
1988 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh
1989 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-12 Killarney
1990 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-23 P. Ui Chaoimh
1991 Semi Final Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-11 Killarney
1992 Round 1 Kerry 2-14 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
1993 Semi Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-10 Killarney
1994 Semi Final Kerry 2-8 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh
1995 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 Killarney
1996 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh
1998 Semi Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1999 Final Kerry 2-4 Cork 2-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
2000 Semi Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney
2001 Final Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh
2002 Semi Final Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-8 Killarney Draw
2002 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2004 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 Killarney
2005 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh
2006 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 Killarney Draw
2006 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 1-12 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2007 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney
2008 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-15 P. Ui Chaoimh
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 Killarney Draw
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-17 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2010 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15 Killarney Draw
2010 Semi Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2011 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 Killarney

Munster Senior Football Championship
Kerry vs. Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Kerry venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Cork are defending All-Ireland Champions Matches played when Kerry are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 103 57 43 3 69 7 32
Cork 29 19 8 2 20 3 5
Kerry 61 30 31 0 41 4 22
Drawn 12 7 4 1 7 0 5
Abandoned 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

Note – All-Ireland Championship matches between Kerry and Cork are not included
These are Munster Championship stats only

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 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

Cork (36) – 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

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 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

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 36, 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.