Clifford penalty helps Kingdom come through battle with plucky Rebels

June 03, 2023

Cork's Brian Hurley and Kevin O' Donovan with Paudie Clifford of Kerry INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kerry held on for their first win in the All-Ireland senior football championship group stage by seeing off Cork 1-14 to 0-15 before a 14,081 crowd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh this afternoon.

David Clifford’s goal from the penalty spot in the 46th minute proved key for the Kingdom as they edged out their neighbours to bounced back from the defeat to Mayo two weeks ago.

Jack O’Connor's men had led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the halfway stage, with Sean O’Shea, David Clifford and Paudie Clifford registering their late first-half points.

Sean Powter and Brian Hurley helped to reduce the Rebels’ arrears to one early in the third quarter, but they’d concede a penalty at a crucial juncture in the game that Clifford expertly tucked away.

Kerry pushed their lead out to five after that but the hosts would keep the heat on them until the end, with points from Hurley, Stephen Sherlock and Eoghan McSweeney ending up being in vain.

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