Kingdom hit Clare for five goals to land 84th Munster SFC crown

May 07, 2023

Kerry captain David Clifford lifts the Munster Cup after his team's victory over Clare ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Kerry are Munster senior football champions for the third year running thanks to a 5-14 to 0-15 win over the Clare at the TUS Gaelic Grounds this afternoon.  

One day after the sad death of their mother Ellen, brothers David and Paudie Clifford decided to play in their county’s provincial final and both men would net goals in the Kingdom’s 14-point victory.

Jack O’Connor’s men had been 0-4 to 0-1 up when Tony Brosnan buried in their first goal in the 15th minute and they’d have the ball in the Banner men’s net again five minutes through Dara Moynihan’s neat finish.

Keelan Sexton and Eoin Cleary (free) looked to stem the tide for Clare with much needed points, but David Clifford backed up a point on the half-hour mark with a goal a minute later to put the margin at a dozen.

Colm Collins’s side got points back via Stephen Ryan (free) and Emmet McMahon to lead it at 3-8 to 0-7 for the half and another from McMahon early in the resumption would make it a nine-point game.

However, Kerry weren’t done with raising the green flag just yet as ‘Man of the Match’ David Clifford rifled in his second major on 40 minutes ahead of his brother Paudie being sent through to dispatch the Kingdom’s fifth goal two minutes later.

Clare were playing for pride after that and O’Connor could afford to empty his bench, with his team having secured their county’s 84th Munster SFC crown, as they now get set to prepare for a Group 1 date in the Sam Maguire Cup race against Mayo in Killarney in two weeks’ time.

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