A David Clifford goal late in this afternoon’s game left nothing between Dublin and Kerry as the Division 1 South Table hangs in the balance

Con O'Callaghan - 2019 SeasonDublin 4-09
Kerry 1-18
Semple Stadium

It wouldn’t have been the first time there was late drama in game between Dublin and Kerry as we’ve witnessed so many over the years. Today, a 74th minute penalty converted by David Clifford shared the spoils as both teams go into the final round of the Football League with only score difference seperating them.

Dublin will feel disappointed not leaving Thurles with the maximum points. And thats despite registering four scores in the second half. But after putting in a strong first half performance, it was Kerry who did all the work in the second.

Kerry reeled in a seven point deficit before Cormac Costello converted a penalty from a Diarmuid O’Connor foul on Con O’Callaghan. Sean O’Sea cut the lead to two scores before O’Callaghan made it a one goal game. And after Philly McMahon went in high on Stephen O’Brien, Clifford converted from the spot and tied the game.

A 3-08 to 0-15 scoreline had Dublin ahead at the second water break. Kerry scored five unanswered points before Costello and Paul Murphy exchanged points.

Trailing 3-6 to 0-9 at half-time, Kerry’s only goal chance in the first half was fouled by Seán Hurson blowing for a free when Dara Moynihan had put the ball in the back of the net only for play to be pulled back for a free.

Dublin had no problems finding the net at the other end, converting three goals from four attempts. Ciarán Kilkenny handpassed a ball over the top for O’Callaghan’s first in the 16th minute with the Cuala stars hop fooling Kerry goalkeeper Kieran Fitzgibbon.

Kerry led 0-6 to 1-1 at the first water break. When play resumed Dublin worked the left wing once more, Kilkenny and O’Callaghan combining to tee up Costello to fire home.

Kerry brought it back to a three point game only for O’Callaghan to grab his second goal in additional time.

Scorers for Dublin:

Cormac Costello 2-03 (1-00 pen)
Con O’Callaghan 2-01
Paddy Small 0-03
Brian Fenton 0-01
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-01

Scorers for Kerry:

David Clifford 1-06 (1-00 pen)
Sean O’Shea 0-04 (2f)
Dara Moynihan 0-02
Diarmuid O’Connor 0-02
Paul Murphy 0-02
Paul Geaney 0-01
Paudie Clifford 0-01


1. Evan Comerford
20. Mick Fitzsiomns
22. Sean McMahon
2. Eoin Murchan
3. David Byrne
6. John Small
7. Robert McDaid
5. James McCarthy
9. Tom Lahiff
15. Cormac Costello
8. Brian Fenton
10. Niall Scully
13. Paddy Small
14. Con O’Callaghan
11. Ciaran Kilkenny

Dublin Substitutes:

17. Colm Basquel for Lahiff (47)
12. Dara Mullin for John Small (51)
21. Eric Lowndes for McDaid (51)
24. Philly McMahon for John Small (59)
18. Sean Bugler for Kilkenny (65)
4. Jonny Cooper for McMahon (65)
23. Brian Howard for Scully (71)


1. Kieran Fitzgibbon
3. Tadhg Morley
2. Brian O Beaglaoich
4. Jason Foley
5. Paul Murphy
6. Gavin Crowley
7. Gavin White
8. David Moran
9. Jack Barry
10. Dara Moynihan
11. Sean O’Shea
12. Paul Geaney
13. David Clifford
14. Killian Spillane
15. Paudie Clifford

Kerry Substitutes:

21. Tommy Walsh for Spillane (ht)
23. Ronan Buckley for Geaney (44)
9. Adrian Spillane for Moran (44)
26. Stephen O’Brien for Paudie Clifford (50)