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Outrageous Paul Murphy Point Wins Semi-Final For East Kerry

16 October 2022; East Kery players, from left, David Clifford, Paudie Clifford and Ruairi Murphy celebrate at the final whistle of the Kerry County Senior Football Championship semi-final match between East Kerry and Dingle at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

By PJ Browne Updated
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East Kerry progressed to the final of Kerry Senior Football Championship with a 1-9 to 1-8 victory over Dingle in Tralee on Sunday afternoon.

A tight game was won at the death with a sensational point by East Kerry captain Paul Murphy.

In the third minute of injury time, with the scores level at 1-8 each, East Kerry won a turnover on their own 45. Following some patient play, the ball ended up in the hands of Paul Murphy well outside the Dingle 45m line.

The presumption was that the two-time All-Ireland winner would recycle the ball again, but instead - with the wind behind him and 30 seconds of injury time remaining - he struck a magnificent winner from 50m.

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The victors played the last 18 minutes down to 14 players after Ronan Buckley was sent off for a second yellow card.

A low-scoring game had sparked into life in the 39th minute when Dylan Geaney grabbed a goal for Dingle following some superbly patient play by Paul Geaney. The green flag put Dingle - who had AFL winner Mark O'Connor playing at centre-back - 1-5 to 0-5 ahead.

However, just 80 seconds later, East Kerry got an equalising goal via the fist of Paudie Clifford following a chaotic scramble in front of the Dingle goal.

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The final will be an all-divisional team affair. Mid Kerry defeated Feale Rangers in the other semi-final on Saturday night. The game will be a rematch of the 2020 final which was won by East Kerry.

Video: Clubber.ie

See Also: Mid Kerry Man Explains Divisional Team Difficulties At Beginning

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