LiveTracker - Sunday 24 July 2022

All-Ireland SFC final
Kerry 0-20 Galway 0-16, Croke Park FT


That's all from me for today. Thanks for reading the Match Tracker on the day that Kerry extended their lead at the top of the All-Ireland SFC Roll of Honour.


The fact that Galway were outscored by eight points to two in the final quarter is telling. The losers were superb up to that point and had huge performances from Shane Walsh and Cillian McDaid, but it wasn't to be their day.


The sides were level with three minutes remaining but Kerry reeled off four unanswered points when it mattered most to recapture the biggest prize in gaelic football.


This is Jack O'Connor's third spell as Kerry manager and he holds the incredible record of having won Sam at the first attempt on all three occasions. David Clifford was his star man today. Killian Spillane made a big impression off the bench. Graham O'Sullivan and Paudie Clifford both grew into the match in the second half.


All-Ireland SFC final full time: Kerry 0-20 Galway 0-16

Kerry are All-Ireland champions for the 38th time and first since 2014! Galway matched them for more than 50 minutes but the Kingdom were the stronger team on the home straight and are deserving winners.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-20 Galway 0-16

Gleeson tears out off his line again and gives away another free, which O'Shea was never going to miss. Kerry are home and hosed now.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-19 Galway 0-16

Open goal for the Kingdom deep in added time but White is happy enough to fist a point with two men screaming for a pass inside him. That should be that, though!


Walsh pulls a really difficult free to the left and wide on 71 minutes. Kerry by two - can they hold on?


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-18 Galway 0-16

Killian Spillane runs in along the end-line and fists over a point from the tightest of angles. There will be five minutes of injury time at the end of this engrossing All-Ireland final.


So close from McDaid but this time his shot drops inches to the left of the upright and wide. Two minutes left plus injury time...


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-17 Galway 0-16

Free-in to Kerry as Daly is adjudged to have held the arm of Spillane when in possession and David Clifford strokes it over wonderfully from an acute angle.



McDaid is back in the action and he kicks the equaliser. That score resulted from great fielding by Comer out in the middle of the pitch.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-16 Galway 0-15

White catches McDaid with a powerful shoulder. A free is awarded and Walsh obliges in style - his team's first point in over 16 minutes!


There's a real air of inevitability about proceedings in Croke Park at the moment. Hawk-Eye says O'Sullivan's shot was wide but Kerry are very much on top with an hour played.


Cathal Sweeney replaces Conroy for Galway as a Heaney delivery sails over Comer's head and out for a wide. The Tribesmen have gone off the boil at a crucial time.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-16 Galway 0-14

Paudie Clifford off the left. He was afforded far too much space there. Kerry have landed the last four points and lead by two for the first time, somewhat ominously. Fourteen minutes remaining.



McDaid fires a shot left and wide, when Galway had a number of overlaps. At the other end. O'Brien drops a tame effort short into Gleeson's arms.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-15 Galway 0-14

Corner back Graham O'Sullivan has been influential since the action resumed and he has nailed the latest equaliser. Contact on Paudie Clifford results in a free, which David Clifford nails from the hands off his left.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-13 Galway 0-14

Gleeson comes off his line recklessly and pulls Killian Spillane down. O'Shea taps over the free from close range. That foul was close to black-card territory...


Wonderful response by Galway to going behind for the first time...


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-12 Galway 0-14

Kieran Molloy with the lead score this time after Paul Conroy's shot dropped short but was effectively recycled. McDaid follows up with a sensational kick down the middle from distance!



What a score from Walsh! The Galway attacker skins O'Sullivan again and hammers one over at the David End from the Cusack Stand sideline. Killian Spillane replies with a peach of a score.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-11 Galway 0-11

David Clifford punches the air in delight as his latest point has Kerry in front for the first time! Three scores in quick succession for the Munster champions. McDaid replies after good work by Comer and Daly.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-10 Galway 0-10

With Tom O'Sullivan swinging out of him, Walsh fires over a superb point from a tight angle, right-footed from the wrong side. Paudie Clifford blasts a left-footed bullet inches over the bar in response!


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-9 Galway 0-9

O'Connor slots over a delightful leveller as the Galway defence is carved open.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-8 Galway 0-9

Clifford replies with a sublime point off the inside of the upright.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-9

Comer is knocked over and Walsh converts an awkward free.



Kerry are out early for the second half and both Adrian and Killian Spillane have been introduced at half time, with David Moran and Paul Geaney making way. Galway have opted to keep them waiting...


A lot of questions will be answered when the action resumes. Can Kerry polish up on their shooting and get Sean O'Shea into the game? Can Galway maintain their immense work rate and can they get Damien Comer more involved?


It's been going to script thus far for the Tribesmen, while Kerry will probably feel that they have a lot of room for improvement.


All-Ireland SFC final half time: Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-8

It's Galway by the odd point from 15 at the short whistle. They have been the better team thus far. Kerry had every man back inside their own half for the last minute of the first half. This match is delicately poised and could go either way.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-8

Galway again go long from the kick-out and McDaid links up with the all-action Patrick Kelly - who has been very busy in this first half - to slot the lead point. We will have three minutes of injury time at the end of the first half... Matthew Tierney gets back to execute another important Galway turnover.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-7

Paudie Clifford is fouled and Sean O'Shea's free ties the scores up for the third time in the 34th minute.


Wide from Walsh - Galway's first - when he probably should have played a pass inside to the marauding Heaney.


Turnover as Dylan McHugh gathers Paudie Clifford's loose handpass and is then bowled over. McHugh then gifts possession to David Clifford, who misses the target 30 seconds later.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-6 Galway 0-7

Corner back Jack Glynn gets forward and shows impressive composure to kick the lead point on 29 minutes.


Yellow card!

A deserved yellow card for Clifford for slapping Sean Kelly in the face with a poorly-timed tackle. Gleeson plays the free-out straight into Clifford's pass but no harm is done as O'Brien's shot tails wide.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-6 Galway 0-6

Clifford soars into the air and gathers another Aussie Rules style catch for the advance mark inside the D. The free flies over in the blink of a disbelieving eye.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-6

Three successive Kerry points have us level after 20 minutes. Matthew Tierney is fouled and Walsh (free) restores Galway's advantage from just right of the D.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-5

Three Kerry men swarm around Cillian McDaid and possession is coughed up. The Munster champions patiently work the ball to O'Brien and he steps inside his marker to fire over the equaliser.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-5

Geaney refuses to let his head drop and nervelessly strokes over an advanced mark. Clifford follows up with his side's first point from play.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-5

Paul Geaney hits his second wide of the game so far and Kerry's fifth. Sixteen minutes gone. At the other end, Walsh - with his fourth score already! - arrows over a sensational curling shot!


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-4

Clifford taps over a routine close-range free to reduce the arrears to two. Galway counter but are overturned.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-4

Patrick Kelly and Rob Finnerty both involved before Shane Walsh shows for possession and wins a free-in, stroking it over the bar with his left boot this time, from the hands..


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-3

Shane Walsh is afforded too much time and space, so he nonchalantly sticks a shot between the uprights.



What a pass by John Daly in to Johnny Heaney! Heaney goes for goal but his close-range effort is deflected over the bar superbly by the diving Stephen O'Brien. David Clifford replies from an advanced mark, won with a magnificent catch!



Diarmuid O'Connor's high kick is deemed to have gone well wide by Hawk-Eye. The Kingdom attack again, somewhat laboriously, and are overturned by a ravenous Tribe defence.


All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry 0-0 Galway 0-1

Liam Silke ghosts forward and his shot is deflected out by O'Shea for a '45, which Shane Walsh strokes over on four minutes.


Jack Barry rises to collect the Galway kick-out and Connor Gleeson opts to punch away a Gavin White delivery. The Connacht champions have possession for the first time...


David Moran goes long from a free and Kerry win another free from the '45' line straight in front of the posts. Sean O'Shea drags it left and wide.


Game on!

Referee Sean Hurson from Tyrone tosses in the leather and the action commences!


The teams stand on their respective '45's and face Hill 16 for a minute's applause prior to throw-in and now we have the national anthem...


Croke Park is a cacophony of noise and an ocean of colour. This should be a brilliant match. Will Kerry win their 38th or are Galway going to claim their tenth?


Now the players line up behind the Artane Band and commence their parade around the pitch as flags fly and spectators cheer. Five minutes to throw-in!


The pre-match ritual continues as the president emerges and glides across a triangle of red carpet to meet the players.


Kerry won the toss and will play into the Davin End in the first half, so they should have wind advantage in the second.


Twenty minutes to throw-in!


Both teams are out on the pitch a full 35 minutes before throw-in. Atmosphere building nicely, as one would expect on All-Ireland final day.


Team news:

There are no late changes to either starting XV.


The sun is still shining in Dublin 3. For now at least... Rain is expected before the evening is out. It's also fairly breezy, which is nothing new.


The Kerry team of '97 is now honoured. Will the Kingdom repeat the trick a quarter of a century later?


Nostalgia at Croke Park as the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland in 1995 and the Meath side that succeeded them twelve months later are introduced to the crowd.


Sean and Sam

Barring a draw, a young man called Sean will lift the Sam Maguire Cup this evening. But which one will it be? Kerry captain Sean O'Shea or his Galway counterpart Sean Kelly?


Galway: Connor Gleeson; Liam Silke, Sean Kelly, Jack Glynn; Dylan McHugh, John Daly, Kieran Molloy; Paul Conroy, Cillian McDaid; Patrick Kelly, Matthew Tierney, Johnny Heaney; Robert Finnerty, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.


Kerry: Shane Ryan; Graham O'Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tom O'Sullivan; Brian O Beaglaíoch, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Diarmuid O'Connor; Jack Barry, Sean O'Shea, Stephen O'Brien Paudie Clifford, David Clifford, Paul Geaney.


Both sides have already enjoyed thrilling victories on their way to the showcase event, with Galway's defeat of Armagh and Kerry's last-gasp win over Dublin ranking as the two best football matches of the summer. We could be in for another treat today!


Padraic Joyce's charges go into the game as Connacht champions, having defeated Mayo, Leitrim and Roscommon en route to collecting the Nestor Cup. A remarkable All-Ireland quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory over Armagh ensued and the men in maroon ousted Ulster champions Derry to advance to the decider.


Jack O'Connor's side saw off Cork and Limerick to retain the Munster SFC and subsequently got the better of Mayo and Dublin at the All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively.


The Kingdom are bidding for their 38th All-Ireland crown and first since 2014, while the Tribesmen - seeking their tenth title - last lifted the Sam Maguire Cup in 2001


Kerry and Galway lock horns at Croke Park in the 2022 All-Ireland SFC final.

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