Kerry secured their place in the Munster Senior Football final this afternoon with a fine 2-15 to 1-13 win over Cork at FitzGerald Stadium in Killarney. It was a pulsating game in front of a crowd of over 41,000 people, some of whom had overcome the train strike to make it to the match.
Kerry who won the toss, chose to play with the breeze in the first half and points from Dara O'Se and Donal Daly gave the Kingdom an early lead. Kerry scored two goals in the 24th and 30th minutes, both from penalties. These scores saw Cork trailing by 10 points at half time.
Colm Corkery gave Cork some hope with a goal four minutes into the second half. This seemed to spur the Rebels on, and a strong mid-field performance left them trailing by only three points with ten minutes to go. However, the introduction of substitute Maurice FitzGerald settled the men from Kerry and scores from the forward line in the dying minutes allowed them to hang on to the victory. Dara O'Cinneide for Kerry was Man of the Match with two goals and five points.
Meanwhile, in the Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Antrim dramatically stole a memorable draw over highly fancied Derry at a sun-drenched Casement Park today. Ulster favourites Derry, playing with the breeze in the first half, led by 0-9 to 0-2 at the interval and looked comfortable early in the second half, until a Kevin Brady goal from a fisted high ball in the 47th minute renewed Antrim's confidence. Derry were three minutes from victory when Brady struck again for his second, to send the match to a replay, with a final score of Antrim 2-8 Derry 0-14. The date for the replay will be announced at a later stage.