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2019 Munster Senior Football Championship Final – Kerry 1-19 Cork 3-10

June 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-19 to 3-10 in the 2019 Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Saturday June 22nd at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Munster SFC Final: Kerry battle past Cork

KERRY 1-19 CORK 3-10

Report By Denis Hurley at Páirc Ui Chaoimh for

Kerry retained the Munster SFC title at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening, having been asked stern questions by a battling Cork.

The great majority of the crowd of 18,265 came to Leeside expecting an away win, but the Kingdom’s victory wasn’t assured until the very end. Though Cork never led at any stage, they pushed their visitors hard but will perhaps feel that they could have made more of a numerical advantage in the final quarter. While a moral victory will be of little comfort, the scoreline is at least far more palatable than the 3-18 to 2-4 loss in 2018.

A year ago, Cork had a good start with two early goals but failed to build on that. This time, Kerry didn’t even afford their neighbours the false hope of a good opening.

Points from Seán O’Shea and David Cliford had the Kingdom off the mark as Cork had some sloppy wides – they would have six in the first half compared to none for Kerry – and a goal arrived in the sixth minute.

Seán O’Shea was the instigator, with his surging run cutting a swathe through the Cork defence before offloading to wing-back Tom O’Sullivan, who finished well beyond Mark White.

Tom O’Sullivan First Half Goal for Kerry

Mark Collins did open Cork’s account with a close-in free after that but Dara Moynihan and David Clifford extended the Kerry advantage to seven points by the 13th minute. There could have been another goal too as lovely Clifford skill created a chance for O’Shea but White somehow kept the ball out.

On 19 minutes, Cork gave themselves a lifeline. A Luke Connolly delivery for Mark Collins might have drawn a foul but instead resulted in a throw-up on the 20m line. From that, Ruairí Deane won possession and his handpass for Connolly allowed for a palmed finish to the net.

Luke Connolly First Half Goal for Cork

Winning their fair share of possession, Cork were struggling to convert that into more scores. The wides continued to come and when Mark Collins had a goal attempt it was foiled by a heroic Tadhg Morley block.

That was at 1-7 to 1-2 and though Collins had his third point for Cork on the half-hour, three in a row from Kerry, one by Clifford and two from O’Shea, opened up a seven-point advantage as injury time dawned.

Seán White might have had another Cork goal but snatched at his chance, however Cork had had an advantage and Collins sent over the resultant free to leave six in it at half-time.

O’Shea’s fifth pushed Kerry further ahead again but Cork won a penalty with the next play after Killian O’Hanlon’s driving run was illegally halted. Connolly sent his shot high to the left, beyond Ryan’s dive, and Mark Collins’s point meant that there were just three between the sides.

Luke Connolly Second Half Penalty Goal for Cork

An O’Shea free tried to halt the Cork momentum but Seán White’s point made it a one-score game again and the leveller came as Ian Maguire’s delivery was deflected perfectly to allow Brian Hurley to flick to the net past Ryan.

Brian Hurley Second Half Goal for Cork

Unfortunately for Cork, they couldn’t find a lead score and Diarmuid O’Connor and Clifford gave Kerry breathing space again. However, they were reduced to 14 men as Paul Geaney received a black card for a foul on Kevin Flahive, having previously been booked.

Though James Loughrey had a point for Cork in the immediate aftermath, Kerry pushed on again through a pair of Stephen O’Brien points and O’Shea’s seventh.

Still Cork came, with Collins getting one from play and two frees to leave just one in it again.

It wasn’t to be for them, though, as sub Micheál Burns was set up by Clifford in injury time and O’Shea was on hand with a late free to leave three in it.

Scorers for Kerry: Seán O’Shea 0-8 (0-6 frees), David Clifford 0-4 (0-1 free), Tom O’Sullivan 1-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Paul Geaney, Micheál Burns, Dara Moynihan, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Mark Collins 0-8 (0-6 frees), Luke Connolly 2-0 (1-0 penalty), Brian Hurley 1-0, Seán White, James Loughrey 0-1 each.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; Gavin White, Jack Sherwood, Tom O’Sullivan; David Moran, Jack Barry; Dara Moynihan, Seán O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; David Cliffors, Paul Geaney, Stephen O’Brien
Subs: Gavin Crowley for Foley (43), Micheál Burns for Moynihan (50), Adrian Spillane for Barry (53), Brian Ó Beaglaioch for O’Connor (66), Mark Griffin for O’Sullivan (68).

CORK: Mark White; Nathan Walsh, James Loughrey, Kevin Flahive; Liam O’Donovan, Tomás Clancy, Matthew Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Paul Kerrigan, Seán White, Ruairí Deane; Luke Connolly, Brian Hurley, Mark Collins. Subs: Kevin O’Donovan for Walsh (35, injured), Kevin O’Driscoll for Seán White, Michael Hurley for Brian Hurley (both 59), Stephen Sherlock for Connolly (66), Aidan Browne for Taylor (68), Stephen Cronin for Loughrey (69).

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

Ticket Information

Adult Stand Pre Purchase: €35.00
Adult Terrace Pre Purchase: €25.00
Juvenile Stand & Terrace: €5.00
Student/Senior’s will receive €10.00 concession with valid ID at the designated stile prior to entry.
Adult prices increase by €5.00 at midnight 21st of June.

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Team News

Kerry (Munster SFC final v Cork): S Ryan; J Foley, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; P Murphy, J Sherwood, G White; D Moran, J Barry; D O’Connor, S O’Shea, S O’Brien; D Clifford, P Geaney, D Moynihan.
Subs: B Kelly, G Crowley, A Spillane, M Griffin, S Enright, T Walsh, B Ó Beaglaíoch, M Burns, G O’Sullivan, K Spillane, G O’Brien

After losing the last two Munster finals heavily to Kerry, Cork will be hoping for a change of fortunes when they line up against their great rivals on Saturday evening. Kerry won by 17 points last year and by 11 points in 2017, leaving the combine score for the two games: Kerry 4-41 Cork 2-19


2018: Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4 (Munster final)
2017: Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
2015: Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 (Munster final) Replay
2015: Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 (Munster final) Draw
2014: Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 (Munster final)


Cork 3-18 Limerick 0-6
Top Scorers
Mark Collins = 0-9 (0-5 frees)
Brian Hurley = 2-0
Ruairi Deane = 1-0
Eoghan McSweeney = 0-3

Kerry 1-15 Clare 0-12
Top Scorers
Sean O’Shea = 0-5 (0-5 frees)
James O’Donoghue 1-1
David Clifford 0-3 (0-1 free)

*Kerry are seeking their 81st Munster title while Cork are chasing their 38th. Here’s the Munster Roll of Honour. Kerry (80); Cork (37); Tipperary (9); Clare (2); Limerick (1); Waterford (1)

*Cork havent beaten Kerry in the championship since 2012. Its their longest barren spell against their great rivals since going from 1974 to 1983 without a win.

*Kerry are seeking to win the Munster title for a seventh successive season, something they last achieved in 1975-81. They added another in 1982.

*Cork v Kerry has been by far the busiest championship rivalry in the new Millennium. They have met 29 times since 2000, with Kerry winning 18 to Cork’s five while there were six draws. Six of Kerry’s wins have been in All-Ireland semi-finals/ finals in Croke, where Cork have never beaten their neighbours.

*Peter Keane is leading Kerry into the Munster final for the first time while Ronan McCarthy is taking Cork into the decider for a second time.

*The winners will advance to the All-Ireland quarter-final (Super 8s) where they will be joined by the Ulster champions, the Connacht and Leinster runners-up or Round 4 qualifier winners.

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 64 page souvenir match programme on the day for 5 euro.


June 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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