Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-15
FOOTBALL fans were at fever pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Croke Park on a remarkable Sunday, 10 years ago.
The Munster semi-final replay needed extra-time before Kerry squeezed past Cork to set-up a meeting with Limerick in the final.
And up in the other capital, Dublin also were forced into overtime before defeating Wexford 2-16 to 0-15. The Dubs managed only three points in 50 minutes before bursting into life with 2-13 in the next 40.
To complete an amazing sequence, a third game, Meath and Laois in the curtain-raiser at headquarters, also went to extra-time with the sides needing a replay following a 2-13 to 1-16 draw.
And in keeping with the day’s trend, there were major talking points over red cards issued to Cork captain Graham Canty just before the end of regulation time and two more to the Dubs’ Denis Bastick and Ger Brennan.
Yet, in keeping with the rules, both teams were able to parade a full complement of 15 players for extra-time.
Cork appeared well-placed again when leading by 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time after playing against the strong wind in the first half.
A fumble by Kerry keeper Brendan Kealy allowed Daniel Goulding pounce for Cork’s goal after 14 minutes, but they would only score five more points on the resumption.
Referee Pat McEnaney consulted with his umpires before showing Canty a second yellow card after clashing with Colm Cooper, who pointed the resulting free for 1-10 apiece.
“My take on it was that the ball broke. I went for it and went to pick it up,” said Canty.
“I got a touch on it and Colm Cooper arrived at the same time. I picked up a yellow for it. I thought I made contact with the ball.”
Earlier Kieran Donaghy supplied the killer touch to a brilliant Kerry move for that all-important goal to get the visitors back into the contest.
Still, Ciaran Sheehan restored Cork’s lead with time running out before Marc Ó Sé equalised in injury-time after Cork failed to hold possession with time running out.
It was seven minutes into extra-time before Kerry led for the first time with a Barry John Keane score and they held on to register their first victory at the venue in five years and their first replay success for 34 years.
The crowd was a disappointing 26,486 with only a small Kerry contingent making the journey while the attendance for the two games at Croker came to 49,750.
Cork of course would bounce back to land the All-Ireland, while Down took Kerry out in the quarter-final.
Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 1-3 (0-2 f, 0-1 45), D O’Connor 0-4 (0-2 f), C Sheehan 0-2, N O’Leary, M Shields, P Kelly, F Goold, J Hayes 0-1 each.
Kerry: C Cooper 0-6 f, K Donaghy 1-1, B Sheehan 0-3 (0-1 f, 0-1 45), BJ Keane and Declan O’Sullivan 0-2 each, M Ó Sé 0-1.
CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O’Sullivan; P Kissane, M Shields, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P Kelly, D O’Connor, P O’Neill; C Sheehan, D Goulding, P Kerrigan.
Subs: D Kavanagh for Walsh (inj 16), E Cadogan for O’Leary 51, C O’Neill for Goulding 55, F Goold for Kavanagh 57, K MacMahon for Kerrigan 67.
Extra-time: J Miskella (15th man), E Cotter for J O’Sullivan, N O’Leary for Miskella, J Hayes for O’Connor.
KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan, T Griffin; T Ó Sé, M McCarthy, K Young; A Maher, S Scanlon; D Moran, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, B Sheehan.
Subs: P Galvin for Moran, M Quirke for Maher, BJ Keane for Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan for Walsh, D Bohan for T Ó Sé.
Extra-time: A O’Connell for Young, D Walsh for Scanlon.
Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan).