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2022 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final – Kerry 0-20 Galway 0-16

July 24 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Kerry defeated Galway by 0-20 to 0-16 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final on Sunday July 24th at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

All Ireland SFC Final: Kerry finish strongly

Kerry 0-20 Galway 0-16

Report By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for

Hope and expectation has been attached to an exciting crop of Kerry footballers, who finished strongly at GAA headquarters to secure a first All-Ireland title since 2014.

With such a proud tradition eight years without Sam Maguire is significant for Kerry, but they carved out a victory.

Ultimately it means Jack O’Connor has steered Kerry to the summit in his three different spells in charge of the Kingdom. It is a remarkable feat.

Kerry just had too much for Galway in the closing stages as they reeled off four points without reply.

The majestic David Clifford rifled over a pressure free from under the Cusack Stand before substitute Killian Spillane and the pacy Gavin White contributed key scores.

Then, just to seal the deal, Seán O’Shea clipped a free and there was no way back for a gallant Galway.

There was so much to admire in Galway’s football during an absorbing match. Shane Walsh concluded with a nine point haul and performed with commendable class.

Cillian McDaid drove forward to nail four points from play, but it still wasn’t enough. Kerry were able to deal with Galway’s cocktail of passion and purpose.

Unsurprisingly the opening period was tight and hard fought with Kerry squandering plenty of opportunities. That was chiefly due to Galway’s gutsy defensive effort as the Tribesmen inevitably had to cope with an aerial bombardment initially.

At the opposite end of the field Galway, prompted by Walsh’s skill, were efficient mining 0-8 from 11 attempts. Kerry only registered 0-7 from 15.

Galway edged 0-5 to 0-2 in front by the 17th minute, but Kerry summoned a response. Paul Geaney (mark), David Clifford, and Stephen O’Brien all guided over points for Kerry to level.

It was 0-7 each on the cusp of half-time when McDaid struck a sweet point to nudge Galway ahead.

After the restart David Clifford remained hugely relevant as Kerry took a 0-11 to 0-10 lead in the 42nd minute.

Once again, though, Galway started to pose some questions. Four of the next five points were scored by the maroon and white outfit with McDaid, Walsh, and Kieran Molloy central.

The Galwegian burst ensured Kerry trailed by 0-14 to 0-12, but Kerry subsequently enjoyed a productive spell.

Seán O’Shea (free), Graham O’Sullivan, David Clifford (free), and Paudie Clifford raised white flags as Kerry went 0-16 to 0-14 clear.

It remained delicately poised. Walsh struck a free before McDaid restored parity with five minutes left.

Kerry, though, stayed cool and composed. David Clifford’s free from an acute angle was a critical score. Killian Spillane, White, and O’Shea added further Kerry points. The aristocrats left Croke Park with the Sam Maguire Cup.

Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-8 (3fs, 2ms), Seán O’Shea 0-3 (3fs), Paudie Clifford, and Killian Spillane 0-2 each, Stephen O’Brien, Gavin White, Graham O’Sullivan, Diarmuid O’Connor, and Paul Geaney (m) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-9 (4fs, 145), Cillian McDaid 0-4, Jack Glynn, Kieran Molloy, and Johnny Heaney 0-1 each.

Kerry: Shane Ryan; Tom O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Graham O’Sullivan; Brian Ó Beaglaíoch, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Diarmuid O’Connor, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; Paudie Clifford, David Clifford, Paul Geaney.
Subs: Adrian Spillane for Moran (HT), Killian Spillane for Geaney (HT), Jack Savage for P Clifford (43-46, blood), Mícheál Burns for O’Brien (56), Paul Murphy for Ó Beaglaíoch (63), Joe O’Connor for P Clifford (70+3).

Galway: Connor Gleeson; Kieran Molloy, Seán Kelly, Jack Glynn; Dylan McHugh, Liam Silke, John Daly; Paul Conroy, Cillian McDaid; Patrick Kelly, Matthew Tierney, Johnny Heaney; Rob Finnerty, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.
Subs: Finnian Ó Laoi for Finnerty (46), Cathal Sweeney for Conroy (58), Eoin Finnerty for Heaney (63), Niall Daly for Tierney (70+4).

Referee: Seán Hurson (Tyrone).

Team News

It’s All-Ireland football final time as Galway and Kerry go head-to-head in Croke Park on Sunday (3.30), with Seán Hurson (Tyrone) as referee.

It will be the first time he has taken charge of an All-Ireland senior final.

Kerry are seeking their 38th All-Ireland title and their first since 2014; Galway are bidding for their tenth crown and their first since 2001, which was also the last time they reached the final.

Kerry were last there in 2019 when they lost a replay to Dublin.


Galway 1-14 Mayo 0-16 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 4-20 Leitrim 0-9 (Connacht semi-final)
Galway 2-19 Roscommon 2-16 (Connacht final)
Galway 2-21 Armagh 3-18 aet – Galway won 4-1 on penalties – (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Galway 2-8 Derry 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Kerry 0-23 Cork 0-11 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-28 Limerick 0-8 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-18 Mayo 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 1-14 Dublin 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Shane Walsh ……….1-27 (0-16 frees, 0-4 ‘45s’)
Damien Comer……..2-9
Robert Finnerty…….0-13 (0-1 mark)
Patrick Kelly…………3-2
Johnny Heaney………2-5
Cillian McDaid………..1-7

Sean O’Shea………..1-23 (0-11 frees, 0-2 ‘45s’)
David Clifford………..1-13 (0-5 frees, 0-2 mark)
Paul Geaney…………0-10 (0-2 mark)
Killian Spillane…………1-4
Tom O’Sullivan………..0-7
Paudie Clifford………..0-6


They have met 22 times in the championship, with the Kingdom leading 12-7, with three draws. They have met in nine All-Ireland finals with Kerry winning four to Galway’s three while two were drawn.
Galway’s win in their most recent championship meeting (2018) with Kerry was their first success over the Kingdom since the 1965 All-Ireland final. Kerry won six and drew one of the seven clashes in between.
2018: Galway 1-13 Kerry 1-10 (‘Super 8s’)
2017: Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 ((All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2000: Kerry 0-14 Galway 0-14 (All-Ireland final) Draw
1984: Kerry 2-17 Galway 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1965: Galway 0-12 Kerry 0-9 (All-Ireland final)
1964: Galway 0-15 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)
1963: Galway 1-7 Kerry 0-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1960: Kerry 1-8 Galway 0-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1959: Kerry 3-7 Galway 1-4 (All-Ireland final)
1954: Kerry 2-6 Galway 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1942: Galway 1-3 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1941: Kerry 1-8 Galway 0-7 (All-Ireland final)
1940: Kerry 0-7 Galway 1-3 (All-Ireland final)
1938: Galway 2-4 Kerry 0-7 (All-Ireland final) Replay
1938: Galway 2-6 Kerry 3-3 (All-Ireland final) Draw
1919: Galway 4-2 Kerry 2-2 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
1919: Galway 2-6 Kerry 3-3 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
1913: Kerry 1-8 Galway 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-10 (Replay)
2000: Kerry 0-14 Galway 0-14 (Draw)
1965: Galway 0-12 Kerry 0-9
1964: Galway 0-15 Kerry 0-10
1959: Kerry 3-7 Galway 1-4
1941: Kerry 1-8 Galway 0-7
1940: Kerry 0-7 Galway 1-3
1938: Galway 2-4 Kerry 0-7 (Replay)
1938: Galway 2-6 Kerry 3-3 (Draw)

2001: Galway 0-17 Meath 0-8
2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway1-10 (Replay)
2000: Kerry 0-14 Galway 0-14 (Draw)
1998: Galway 1-14 Kildare 1-10
1983: Dublin 1-10 Galway 1-8

2019: Dublin 1-18 Kerry 0-15 (Replay)
2019: Dublin 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (Draw)
2015: Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9
2014: Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

  • Jack O’Connor leads Kerry into the All-Ireland final for the sixth time in what is his third term, having presided over wins in 2004 (Mayo), 2006 (Mayo), 2009 (Cork) and defeats in 2005 (Tyrone) and 2011 (Dublin).
  • Padraic Joyce in his third season as Galway manager, having previously won two All-Ireland titles as a player in 1998 and 2001.
  • Kerry are attempting to win the All-Ireland and Allianz League double for the first time since 2009.
  • A Connacht county hasn’t beaten Munster opposition in the All-Ireland final since 1965 when Galway beat Kerry (0-12 to 0-9). Since then Galway lost to Cork in 1973, Roscommon lost to Kerry in 1980, Mayo lost to Cork in 1989 and to Kerry in 1997-2004-2006, Galway lost to Kerry in 2000 (replay).
  • Big changes in Galway…not so much in Kerry! Only five of Galway’s 26-strong panel for the All-Ireland semi-final against Derry featured in their last championship clash with Kerry in the 2018 ‘Super 8s’. They are: Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Sean Kelly, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.
  • Kerry had 12 of the 2018 squad on their 26 for the semi-final win over Dublin last Sunday week: Jason Foley, Brian O Beaglaioch, Gavin White, David Moran, Sean O’Shea, Jack Barry, Stephen O’Brien, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Paul Murphy, Micheal Burns, Tom O’Sullivan.
  • The last competitive clash between the counties was in last year’s Allianz League (Division 1) when Kerry won by 4-21 to 0-11 in Tralee. David Clifford scored 3-6 for Kerry, 3-4 from play.
  • Kerry have played in 14 All-Ireland finals since the turn of the Millennium, winning six (2000-04-06-07-09-14), losing six (2002-05-08-11-15-19) and drawing two (2000-19). Galway’s win over Meath in 2001 their only appearance in the same period.
  • David Moran (34) and Paul Conroy (33) made their respective debuts for Kerry and Galway in 2008. Conroy captained Galway to the All-Ireland minor title in 2007.
  • Galway are attempting to win the All-Ireland senior and minor titles for the first time. They beat Mayo in this year’s minor final.
  • This is the first year since 2014 that neither of the previous year’s finalists were in the decider.
  • Goals have been in very short supply in Galway-Kerry All-Ireland finals. Declan Meehan’s goal for Galway in the 2000 replay was the only one scored in the last four finals involving the counties (2000 draw and replay, 1965-1964). It leaves Garry McMahon as the last Kerryman to score a goal in an All-Ireland final against Galway in the 1959 decider which they won by 3-7 to 1-4.

    37 – Kerry (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009-2014)
    30 – Dublin (1891-92-94-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95-2011-2013- 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019-2020)
    9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)
    7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)
    7 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90-2010)
    5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)
    5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)
    5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)
    4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)
    4 – Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)
    4 – Tyrone (2003-2005-2008-2021)
    3 – Louth (1910-12-57)
    3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)
    3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)
    2 – Donegal (1992-2012)
    2 – Limerick (1887-1896)
    2 – Roscommon (1943-44)
    1 – Armagh (2002)
    1 – Derry (1993)

  • Details

    July 24
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


    Croke Park

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