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Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17

July 7, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-16 to 0-17 in the Final of the Munster Senior Football Championship on Sunday July 7th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

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Hit-and-miss Kerry stave off Cork revival

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before — this script is familiar: Kerry lead by a distance at half-time, are reeled in by Cork, only for the hosts to wriggle themselves off the hook. Anyone among the 36,370 at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday who were there two years ago would have recognised the starting similarities with what transpired in the 2011 Munster final. Seven points up at half-time on this occasion, Kerry had previously been eight to the good at the break but each time racked up nine-point advantages in the second half. Cork cut the margin to two in the dying minutes of this encounter, one less than they managed in the counties’ last provincial decider, but again they were left counting the cost of a late unconverted goal chance.

For John Miskella in 2011, read Brian Hurley 2013, the U21 full-forward’s injury-time shot blocked by Brendan Kealy’s shoulder. “I didn’t know too much about it, to be honest,” conceded the Kerry goalkeeper afterwards. “It was just a matter of standing up and he just hit me, it was just one of those things.” Once more, Kerry were the better team by a stretch in the first half, leading 1-10 to 0-6 at the break yesterday, but invited Cork onto them in the final 20 minutes. Alan O’Connor’s desperately-needed introduction to midfield and the running of Hurley and Ciarán Sheehan in the inside forward line transformed Cork into a cohesive unit that they looked nothing like in the opening 35 minutes.

Kerry went a worrying 18 minutes without a score as Cork scored six points without reply before a 50-metre plus free by Bryan Sheehan stemmed the bleeding. Darran O’Sullivan, having cut through Cork’s middle, had the chance to set up a killer goal for Kerry in the 68th minute but was too ponderous in offloading a ball that may have put a team-mate through on either shoulder. James Loughrey and Hurley shot over scores and the margin was two before Peter Crowley coolly finished a well-worked move to give the home support a chance to exhale and mop their brows. Hurley’s chance followed and Daniel Goulding blasted over the resultant 45 in the last minute of allocated injury time when he may have better advised kick it short in the hope of a goal to level things. Cork, for a second time in three years, were left counting the cost of leaving it all too late and cursing a tepid first half. They looked incorrectly set up although it was probably harsh that two of their U21 players were sacrificed at half-time.

The opening 21 minutes were even enough, Kerry leading 0-5 to 0-4, but Cork managed just two points for the rest of the half as Kerry unloaded 1-4 in eight dynamic minutes. James O’Donoghue was enjoying himself, kicking his second score in the 24th minute on the end of a cute Colm Cooper pass, but a minute later was guilty of not taking a better option of Donnchadh Walsh riding shotgun on his left shoulder when there was a goal a-begging. O’Donoghue pulled his shot wide, one of eight first-half Kerry wides and 13 overall. His marker Eoin Cadogan looked nothing like the defender that was a deserved All Star nominee last year for his thorough man-marking prowess.

Just before that goal chance, the Cork half-back line went AWOL as Darran O’Sullivan was left in metres of space to slot over a score. Goulding hit back with a free but Cooper found the net in the 29th minute after Declan O’Sullivan was given too much space by his new marker Cadogan to set him up. Cork were reeling by this stage and were making several positional changes to stop the haemorrhaging, one being Graham Canty moving back to the left wing from midfield. Loughrey remained on Cooper, against whom the Antrim native had a decent game, but scores from Galvin and then Declan O’Sullivan pushed Kerry seven ahead, 1-9 to 0-5.

Donncha O’Connor and Kealy frees cancelled each other out prior to the interval and when O’Donoghue got Kerry motoring again in the second half, a rout looked on the cards. With Alan O’Connor working frenetically to lift the troops, Loughrey thumped over his second and then Cooper was unfortunate to be called up for a free which Goulding duly struck over. Two Cooper frees, following fouls on the ultra-industrious pair of Walsh and O’Donoghue, and a successful Marc Ó Sé effort widened the gap to nine by the 48th minute. Whether Kerry switched off or not, Cork bossed the possession and territory stakes until the tight finish when Sheehan, Crowley and Kealy’s composure told.

Just like 2011, it was neither a perfect victory or defeat, throwing up more questions than answers about both teams and devoid of the brutal intensity that typified Cork-Kerry games when the pair were in their pomp. There was nothing yesterday to signify either should be talked in the glowing terms being used about Donegal, Dublin and Mayo. Nobody aims to peak in July but then neither want to be so rough and smooth either.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (0-3 frees); J O’Donoghue 0-3; Declan O’Sullivan 0-2; J Buckley (free), A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, P Galvin, B Kealy (free), M Ó Sé, B Sheehan (free), P Crowley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (five frees, one 45); D O’Connor (one free), J Loughrey, B Hurley 0-2 each; J O’Rourke, P Kerrigan, C Sheehan, A Walsh 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Kealy; P Crowley, M Ó Sé, M Griffin; K Young, S Enright, T Ó Sé; A Maher, J Buckley; D Walsh, C Cooper, P Galvin; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue.

Subs for Kerry: K Donaghy for D Walsh (56); F Fitzgerald for T Ó Sé (58); E Brosnan for K Young (61); B Sheehan for J Buckley (63).

CORK: K O’Halloran; E Cadogan, M Shields, P Kissane; N O’Leary, J Loughrey, D Cahalane; G Canty, A Walsh; F Goold, P Kerrigan, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, B Hurley, D O’Connor.

Subs for Cork: A O’Connor for D Cahalane (35+2); Thomas Clancy for E Cadogan, P O’Neill for J O’Rourke (half-time); C Sheehan for D O’Connor (55); M Collins for F Goold (64).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)


Kerry hold off Cork in exciting Munster final

Report from the web site

Munster Senior Football Championship Final: Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17

Kerry won their 75th Munster football title at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday with an exciting two-point victory over great rivals Cork. In a game which changed dramatically midway through the second half, Kerry led by nine points at one stage but a highly-spirited Cork comeback saw them get within two points of the Kingdom in the closing stages. However, they didn’t quite have enough time to get on level terms, and Kerry kicked a couple of vital late points to hang on and grab the win. Kerry had wilted considerably in the final 20 minutes of the game though, which was not surprising, given the amount of effort they had expended on a very hot day in Killarney.

Kerry were outstanding in the first half, and deservedly went in 1-10 to 0-6 ahead at the break. They had opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, James O’Donoghue (2) and Declan O’Sullivan among their early scorers. Cork got it back to 0-5 to 0-4, but Kerry took firm control of the match in the 10 minutes before half-time, with a performance full of hard running and tackling, intelligence and smooth delivery of ball. With Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan and Darran O’Sullivan all thriving around the middle, Kerry were creating lots of scoring opportunities, and led 0-7 to 0-5 when they broke through for their goal.

It came on 30 minutes from Cooper, who sidefooted beautifully to the net after being set up by Declan O’Sullivan. Kerry added three more points before half-time, from Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, and a free from goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, to lead by seven going in. The lead went out to nine early in the second half when Kerry led 1-14 to 0-8, but whatever sparked the Cork comeback, they took light all of a sudden with around 20 minutes to go.

They kicked six points in succession, with Daniel Goulding adding to his haul of frees, and Donncha O’Connor, Ciarán Sheehan and Aidan Walsh all pointing in a 15 minute scoreless spell for Kerry. That left it 1-14 to 0-14 with just a few minutes to go, but Bryan Sheehan, just off the bench, finally ended the scoreless Kerry streak with a majestic free off the ground from more than 50 metres. Cork kept battling, and got back to within two points of Kerry again before the end, following scores from James Loughrey and Brian Hurley. It just wasn’t enough for them though, as Kerry held out, took the Munster glory, and progressed smoothly to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (3f), J O’Donoghue 0-3, Declan O’Sullivan 0-2, J Buckley 0-1 (1f), A Maher 0-1, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1, P Galvin 0-1, B Kealy 0-1 (1f), M Ó Sé 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1f), P Crowley 0-1

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-8 (6f, 1 ’45), D O’Connor 0-2, J Loughrey 0-2, B Hurley 0-2, J O’Rourke 0-1, P Kerrigan 0-1 (1f), C Sheehan 0-1

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue. Subs: K Donaghy for D Walsh (56), F Fitzgerald for T Ó Sé (58), E Brosnan for K Young (61), B Sheehan for J Buckley (62).

Cork: K O’Halloran; E Cadogan, M Shields, D Cahalane; J Loughrey, P Kissane, N O’Leary; G Canty, A Walsh; F Goold, D O’Connor, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, B Hurley, P Kerrigan. Subs: A O’Connor for D Cahalane (35), Tom Clancy for E Cadogan (HT), P O’Neill for J O’Rourke (HT), C Sheehan for D O’Connor (55), M Collins for F Goold (65).

Attendance: 36,370


When – Sunday July 7th at 2:00pm

Where – Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney

Referee – Marty Duffy (Sligo)
Standby Referee – Rory Hickey (Sligo)
Linesman – Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Sideline Official – Michael Meade (Limerick)
Umpires – Pat Cawley, Dermot Mullaney, John Kilgannon and Michael Kelly (Sligo)

Next Round – the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals, the losers qualify for the All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4.

Ticket Details

Note all seated areas are sold out for this game. Munster GAA encourage everyone to pre-purchase terrace tickets to avoid disappointment on the day.

Covered Stand – €35

Terrace €20

Student / OAP Stand – €25 – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.)

Student / OAP Terrace €15 – pay full price and get a refund of €5 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.)

Family Adult Stand €35 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult Terrace €20 – Juveniles €5

Juvenile Groups – Price is €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Extra adults pay full price

Adult Group Terrace Tickets – €15 with a minimum order of 15 tickets per Club

All Groups must be booked directly with Co Board and tickets will then be allocated for collection by Munster GAA.

Tickets available through clubs, selected SuperValu and Centra outlets and online through

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Kerry in Sunday’s Munster Football Final at 2pm in Killarney has been named as follows –

1. Ken O’Halloran

2. Eoin Cadogan 3. Michael Shields 4. Damien Cahalane

5. James Loughrey 6. Paudie Kissane 7. Tomás Clancy

8. Graham Canty 9. Pearse O’Neill

10. Fintan Goold 11. Paddy Kelly 12. John O’Rourke

13. Daniel Goulding 14. Brian Hurley 15. Paul Kerrigan


16. Alan Quirke Valley Rovers

17. John McLoughlin Kanturk

18. Thomas Clancy Clonakilty

19. Noel O’Leary Cill na Martra

20. Alan O’Connor St. Colum’s

21. Aidan Walsh Kanturk

22. Andrew O’Sullivan Castletownbere

23. Ciaran Sheehan Eire Óg

24. Mark Collins Castlehaven

25. Donncha O’Connor Ballydesmond

26. Barry O’Driscoll Nemo Rangers

There are no changes from the team that beat Clare in the semi-final.


The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in the Munster GAA Football Championship Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next at 2pm shows 3 personnel changes from the side that defeated Waterford in the semi final. Mark Griffin comes in at full back for his Championship debut in place of the injured Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright returns at corner back to the exclusion of Fionn Fitzgerald and Darran O’Sullivan replaces Kieran Donaghy in the full forward line.

The Kerry team will lineout as follows –

1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2.Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

3.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

4.Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5.Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

6.Killian Young (Renard)

7.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

10.Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)(Capt)

12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

14.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

15.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

16.Brian Kelly Killarney (Legion)

17.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

18.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

19.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

20.Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

Match Preview

With the unexpected bonus of a do-or-die hurling qualifier between Kilkenny and Tipperary this weekend, the Munster football final, which for years has been one of the real gems of the GAA calendar, has struggled to gain its usual share of the media’s attention over the last few days.

Throw in a novel Leinster hurling final featuring Dublin and reigning champions Galway, and the 105th Munster Championship meeting of great rivals Cork and Kerry has been a harder sell than is normally the case.

Perhaps it’s a sense of fatigue given the sides have met 22 times since the advent of the Qualifiers in 2001 or maybe it’s the distinct feeling that no matter what the outcome is, both sides will be back in Croke Park on the August Bank Holiday weekend for the All-Ireland quarter-finals, with the loser suffering little more than some minor reputational damage.

However, try telling that to anyone who lives near the lengthy Cork-Kerry border that runs all the way from Ardgroom on the Beara Peninsula in the south, through the hills that form the county bounds between Macroom and Killarney to the Rebel stronghold of Meelin, which nestles at the point where Cork, Limerick and Kerry all meet nearly 70 miles to the north.

If the Munster final has lost some of its value to the wider GAA public, it’s still held as dearly as ever to those for whom a win can mean bragging rights over their neighbours or co-workers for the next 12 months.

In that regard, Kerry folk have had much more to shout about in recent times, with the Kingdom winning 12 of their last 22 meetings, and Cork winning just five. Remarkably, four of the last seven times they have played at Fitzgerald Stadium, the game has ended in a draw. Overall in the Munster Championship, the sides have met 104 times, with Kerry winning 61, Cork 30 and there have been 12 draws.

Last year, they met in the Munster semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where the Rebels emerged 0-17 to 0-12 winners. Cork led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time but Kerry managed to reduce the gap to one point at one stage before Conor Counihan’s side dominated the final quarter with excellent scoring contributions from Donncha O’Connor and Colm O’Neill to reach the Munster final.

Cork have spent most of 2013 away from the spotlight, where Counihan has been slowly rebuilding a side that will feature six players new to Munster final day, including four graduates of the team that reached the All-Ireland U21 final this year. Bishopstown’s Ken O’Halloran has also taken over from Alan Quirke as the new No. 1 and Antrim native James Loughrey has been an exciting addition to the defence.

In many respects, both the Allianz League and the early rounds of the Munster championship tell us little about what to expect on Sunday. Kerry struggled in the league before winning their three final group games to guarantee survival when it really mattered, while Cork failed to qualify for the semi-finals having won the three previous editions of the competition.

In the Munster Championship, Kerry dished out heavy beatings to Tipperary and Waterford, while Cork trounced Limerick before running out nine-point winners over Clare. Colm Cooper’s positioning at centre-forward for Kerry in those games, where he performed superbly in a play-making role, as well as Kieran Donaghy’s omission from the side on Sunday, hints at a change in style under their new manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice. The addition of experienced coach Cian O’Neill to their backroom team also bodes well, given his track record of success with Mayo last year and the Tipperary hurlers in 2010.

Cork-Kerry – Recent Championship Meetings

2012: Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

2011: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12

2010: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14

2010: Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15

2009: Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-9

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2013 Team Manager Conor Counihan Eamonn Fitzmaurice
2013 Team Captain Graham Canty Eoin Brosnan
2012 Championship Performance Defeated Kerry by 0-17 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final before winning the Munster Final against Clare by 3-16 to 0-13. Defeated Kildare in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Donegal by 0-16 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland
Defeated Tipperary in the first round of the Munster Championship before losing to Cork by 0-17 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Westmeath, Tyrone and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Donegal by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 37 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2012 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 34
Won – 21
Lost – 8
Drawn – 5
Played – 37
Won – 27
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship 2012 Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 – June 10th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh 

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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2013


Saturday May 25th

@ Pairc na nGael                            Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-8

Sunday May 26th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8

Saturday June 1st

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 4-21 Waterford 1-4

Sunday June 16th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Cork 1-20 Clare 1-11


Sunday July 7th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry v Cork @ 2:00pm

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
2012 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-17 P. Ui Chaoimh

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 104 58 43 3 69 7 32
Cork 30 20 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

Useful Information

Last Championship Meeting – 2012 Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Cork : A Quirke; R Carey, E Cadogan, M Shields; P Kissane (0-1), G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan (0-1), P Kelly, P Kerrigan (0-2); C O’Neill (0-5, three frees), N Murphy, D O’Connor (0-6, two frees).

Subs: D Goulding (0-2) for Sheehan (52 mins), B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70 mins), M Collins for Kerrigan (73 mins), E Cotter for Kissane (73 mins).

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, A O’Mahony, M Ó Sé; P Crowley, E Brosnan (0-1), T Ó Sé; A Maher, S Scanlon; P Galvin (0-1), Declan O’Sullivan (0-2), Darran O’Sullivan (0-1); C Cooper (0-5, 0-3 frees), K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: J O’Donoghue (0-2) for O’Leary (half-time), J Buckley for Scanlon (half-time), P Curtin for Donaghy (66 mins), BJ Keane for Galvin (66 mins).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)


Cork have not beaten Kerry in a Senior Football Championship match played at a Kerry venue since 1995. This 18 year gap pales in significance to the 74 year period 1891 and 1965 when Cork achieved 1 Munster Senior Football Championship victory on Kerry soil. The 1945 Munster Final success in Killarney was Cork’s only Senior Football Championship victory in 16 attempts of making the trip to the Kingdom during that period.

4 of the last 7 meetings between Cork and Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney have ended in draws.

Kerry have never beaten Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship at a neutral venue (it happened 3 times!). Cork have never beaten Kerry in the All-Ireland Championship at Croke Park.

“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 15 subsequent Munster Championship matches between the counties, they have combined to score a total of 14 goals between them or 1 goal for every 75 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.

In the 1890 Munster Senior Football Final, Laune Rangers (kerry) and Midleton (Cork) were the finalists.   The game was 57 minutes old, with the sides scoreless, when the ball burst and as there was no replacement ball the game could not continue and was abandoned.

In the 1893 Final, Laune Rangers (Kerry) and Dromtarriffe (Cork) were fixed on two occasions to play this final in Millstreet but the Kerry side did not travel. The game was fixed for a third time in Mallow but there was still no show from the Kerry side and Cork received a walkover.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 35 matches played.

Limerick’s Ian Ryan was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship with 1-17 (0-11 frees) in two matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) with 0-9 (0-5 frees) and Colm O’Neill (Cork) with 0-9 (0-3 frees) finished joint second.

2013 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-8 – May 25th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork – Ken O’Halloran; Paudie Kissane, Michael Sheilds, Damien Cahalane; James Loughery, Graham Canty, Tomas Clancy; Alan O’Connor, Pearse O’Neill; Ciaran Sheehan, Paddy Kelly, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan.
Subs: Fintan Gould for Paddy Kelly (49mins), Noel O’Leary for Graham Canty (49mins), Donncha O’Connor for Ciaran Sheehan (49mins), Andrew O’Sullivan for Pearse O’Neill (55mins), Mark Collins for Paul Kerrigan (58mins).

Limerick – Donal O’Sullivan; Andrew Lane, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Stephen Lavin, Pa Ranahan, Paudie Browne; Bobby O’Brien, John Galvin; John Riordan, Thomas Lee, Seanie Buckley (capt); Ger Collins, Iain Corbett, Eoghan O’Connor
Subs: Derry O’Connor for Thomas Lee (h-t), Seamus O’Carroll for Bobby O’Brien (h-t), Mike Sheehan for Iain Corbett (h-t), Stephen Lucey for Seanie Buckley (51mins), Lorcan O’Dwyer for Mark O’Riordan (55mins).

Referee – Michael Duffy (Sligo).

Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8 – May 26th @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (50), B Sheehan for P Galvin (56), M Griffin for M Ó Sé (60), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (62), B Maguire for T Ó Sé (63).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; R Kiely, D Leahy, A Campbell; G Hannigan, R Costigan; C Sweeney, I Fahey, P Acheson; A Maloney, B Grogan, P Austin
Subs: Shane Leahy for Alan Campbell (35), Brian Mulvihill for Robbie Kiely (HT), Aldo Matassa for Alan Maloney (HT), L Egan for G Hannigan (59), H Coghlan for I Fahey (63)

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)

Kerry 4-21 Waterford 1-4 – May 26th @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Semi-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald, T O Se, K Young, P Crowley, A Maher, J Buckley, P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh, Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (44mins), E Brosnan for T O Se (50 mins), B Sheehan for Maher (51 mins), S Enright for M O Se (56 mins), K O’Leary for Donaghy (60 mins)

Waterford: S Enright, T O hUallachain, N Walsh, T O’Gorman, C Phelan, S Briggs, J Hurney, M O’Gorman, T Prendergast, T Grey, S Aherne, A Doyle, P Whyte, G Hurney, R Aherne
Subs: C O’Keeffe for C Phelan (47 mins), L O Lonain for A Doyle (47 mins), P Hurney for R Aherne (53 mins), S O’Hare for Prendergast (66 mins)

Referee: Martin Higgins (Fermanagh)

Cork 1-20 Clare 1-11 – June 16th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final)

Clare: Joe Hayes; L Healy, Graham Kelly, Gordon Kelly; D Callinan, John Hayes, M McMahon; I McInerney, C O’Connor; S McGrath, G Quinlan, R Donnelly; A Clohessy, G Brennan (capt), D Tubridy
Subs for Clare: C Dunning for A Clohessy (45), F Hayes for C O’Connor (58), J Keane for G Quinlan, S Ryan for S McGrath (both 62), P McMahon for Graham Kelly (68).

Cork: K O’Halloran; D Cahalane, E Cadogan, M Shields; T Clancy, J Loughrey, P Kissane; G Canty, P O’Neill; J O’Rourke, P Kelly, F Goold; P Kerrigan, B Hurley, D Goulding
Subs for Cork: C Sheehan for Hurley (37-42), A Walsh for P O’Neill (44), C Sheehan for P Kerrigan (49), D O’Connor for J O’Rourke (59), A O’Connor for P Kelly (65), T Clancy for P Kissane (67).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 1-10 (0-4 frees)
Brian Hurley (Cork) – 1-6 (0-2 frees)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-9 (0-3 frees)
James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 1-5
Johnny Buckley (Kerry) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Fintan Gould (Cork) – 0-6
John O’Rourke (Cork) – 1-3
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 1-2 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free, 0-1 45) 

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-1
Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-1
Anthony Maher (Kerry) – 1-1
Kieran Donaghy (Kerry) – 1-1
Paul Galvin (Kerry) – 0-4
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 1-1
Paul Kerrigan (Cork) – 0-4
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)


Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry) – 0-3
Mark Collins (Cork) – 0-3
Pearse O’Neill (Cork) – 1-0
Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45′)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 1-0
Donnacha Walsh (Kerry) – 0-2
P Whyte (Waterford) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Damien Cahalane (Cork) – 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 45)
Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-2
Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-2 

Donncha O’Connor (Cork), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Seanie Buckley (Limerick), Ger Collins (Limerick), Stephen Lucey (Limerick), Mike Sheehan (Limerick), John Galvin (Limerick), Marc O Se (Kerry), F Fitzgerald (Kerry), Peter Crowley (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), S Aherne (Waterford), Ian McInerney (Clare – 0-1 free), Shane McGrath (Clare), John Hayes (Clare), Chris Dunning  (Clare) and John Keane  (Clare) – 0-1 each

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 (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 36, 14 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.

Match Coverage

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July 7, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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