GAA | Mark Keane the hero as Cork dump Kerry out of All-Ireland Championship

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Cork have beaten Kerry by 1-12 to 0-13 after extra time at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the Munster semi-final to dump the Kingdom out of the 2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

The Rebels have finally ended a long barren spell of eight years without a win over their Munster rivals, with Mark Keane’s last-gasp goal to knock one of the Championship favourites out in one of the shock results of the season.

On a day where a hero was needed, up stepped Mark Keane, the AFL player who is only home for a couple of weeks, marked his return with one of the most shuddering, time-stopping moments Gaelic football has seen.

The game had shades of 1983 all over again, when Tadgh Murphy scored the winning goals for the Rebels in the dying moments of the match.

Fast forward thirty-seven years and history has repeated itself, but this time there will be no replay needed. 

The thing about GAA it’s riveting, it is wonderful, and it is also cruel, so, so cruel.

Just like that Murphy goal in ’83, or Seamus Darby’s in ’82, Kerry were sucker-punched in the cold as everything around them went to a fuzz.

The reigning Munster champions were just seconds away from reaching yet another Munster final, only for it be taken away from them in a blink of an eye in the most dramatic circumstances.

There always has to winner and a loser and you can’t imagine what it must feel like in the dressing room after conceding a last-minute goal.

While today’s Munster semi-final didn’t live up to its normally high standards it certainly had everyone on the edge of their living room sofa, as due to COVID-19 no spectators were allowed to attend the game.

There were no more than two points between the sides through the entire seventy minutes and extra time.

Kerry held a 0-12 to 0-10 lead at half time in extra-time, but that lead was cut down to a single point when Luke Connolly slotted over a super point in the seventh minute of extra time.

Both sides went onto to trade a point each to leave the score at 0-13 to-0-12 in favour of the Kingdom, and with time almost up, Cork went in search for the levelling score to bring the game to a penalty shootout.

But what unfolded next was something that no one could believe, as Connolly’s high ball into the box from the near sideline found its way into the hands of Mark Keane, and without hesitation, the Collingwood star buried the ball into the back of the net to knock Kerry out of the Championship.

The Rebels, who have now reached the Munster final for the fourth consecutive year, will face Tipperary in the provincial decider in two weeks time.

Cork: M Aodh Martin; K O’Donovan (0-01), M Shanley, K Flahive; S Meehan, S Powter (0-01), M Taylor; I Maguire, P Walsh; J O’Rourke, K O’Hanlon (0-02, 0-01f, 0-01 45), R Deane; M Collins (0-04, 0-03f), C O’Callahan, B Hurley (0-01).

Subs: M Keane (1-00) for O’Callaghan (44), L Connolly (0-03, 0-02f), for O’Rourke (45), M Hurley for Walsh (54), P Kerrigan for B Hurley (62), S White for O’Donovan (69), P Ring for Flahive (extra time), T Corkery for Powter (75), K O’Driscoll for Maguire (77), D Gore for O’Hanlon (half-time in extra time).

Kerry: S Ryan; J Foley, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; P Murphy, P Crowley, G White; D Moran, D O’Connor; B Ó Beaglaioch, S O’Shea (0-02, 0-01f), R Buckley (0-01); T Brosnan (0-01), D Clifford (0-04, 0-01f), D Moynihan (0-01).

Subs: S O’Brien for Moynihan (47), K Spillane (0-04) for Brosnan (50), J Barry for Ó Beaglaioch (55), J Sherwood for Buckley (63), G Crowley for White (extra time), Ó Beaglaioch for O’Sullivan (extra time), T Walsh for Foley (85), P Clifford for O’Connor (89).


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