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Munster U21 Final: Kerry 1-14 Cork 3-9 2016-04-07 20:19:00

Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Final
Kerry 1-14 Cork 3-9

The concession of three goals, two in the first half when wind assisted, and the other at the three quarter stage at a time when Kerry had forged ahead, ultimately cost Kerry dearly after a tremendous hour’s football at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park tonight.

It was a game that at times displayed Gaelic Football at its best and we witnessed four top class goals and a number of excellent points from both sides. Kerry had the use of the strong wind in the first half and had two points within the opening minute from Jack Savage and Brian Ó Seanacháin to give them the perfect start. Cork were soon on level terms however and after Killian Spillane restored the lead for the homeside Cork struck for the first goal of the game courtesy of Brian Coakley in the 10th minute. Cork added to their tally through Harkin and Hurley and after Dara Roche pointed in the 16th minute Cork struck for their second goal from Sean Prowther when he soloed through the Kerry defence to give Eoghan O’Brien no chance. It was 2-4 to 0-4 at this stage but Kerry recovered well to put three points on the board, two frees from Jack Savage and a third from Eánna Ó Conchúir, to leave the half time score 2-4 to 0-7 in Cork’s favour. The goals apart, Kerry had coped well in defence during that half but they failed to take advantage of the strong wind in any telling manner.

Jack Savage and Sean O’Donoghue swapped pointed frees on the resumption but Kerry upped their game considerably against the wind and Killian Spillane’s great effort was just over the crossbar before Mark O’Connor collected a pass 45yards out and soloed through the Cork defence to blast the ball to the net in the 39th minute. Jack Savage pointed immediately and Kerry were two points to the good, 1-10 to 2-5. A struggling O’Connor, just back after a long injury layoff, was replaced and then Kerry were dealt a big blow when Brian Ó Beaglaoich, who had been superb, had to leave the field with a hand injury. There was just a point between the sides (1-11 to 2-7 ) when Sean White capitalised on loose play from a Kerry kickout and he soloed through to give Eoghan O’Brien no chance once more and restore Cork’s lead. Kerry were almost in for a goal when Killian Spillane had a great run to set up Dara Roche but his shot was just intercepted by a despairing boot as it made its way to the net. Micheál Burns cut the deficit to the minimum and he passed up a good chance of the equaliser soon after following good play but Stephen Sherlock pointed Cork two ahead in the 55th minute. Kerry passed up two good chances of points, one from play and one from a free, before Jack Savage made it a one point game once again in the 59th minute. Amid tremendous excitement, Tony Brosnan levelled the game at the end of normal time but Don O’Driscoll became the Cork hero after a breakaway attack in the first minute of four added on minutes. Try as they might, Kerry could not manufacture an equaliser.

Kerry; Jack Savage (0-6, 4 frees), Mark O’Connor (1-0), Killian Spillane, Dara Roche (0-2 each), Micheal Burns, Brian Ó Seanachain, Eanna Ó Conchúir, Tony Brosnan (0-1 each)
Cork: Brian Coakley (1-1, 1 free), Sean Powter, Sean White (1-0 each), Ryan Harkin, Michael Hurley (0-2 each), Sean O’Donoghue (free), Stephen Sherlock (free), Peter Kelleher, Cian Dorgan (0-1 each).
Kerry: E O’Brien (Churchill); T O’Sullivan (Dingle), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), T Leo O’Sullivan (Dingle); M Flaherty (Dingle), B Ó Beaglaoich (Gaeltacht) G White (Dr Crokes); B O’Sullivan (Dingle); M O’Connor (Dingle); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue) M Burns (Dr Crokes) E Ó Conchúir (Gaeltacht); D Roche (Glenflesk) K Spillane (Templenoe) Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys)
Subs: G Horan (Austin Stacks) for Ó Seanachain (half time); D Foran (St Senan’s) for O’Connor (41); C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Ó Beaglaoich (43); J Kiely (Dr Crokes) for Ó Conchuir (47); T Brosnan (Dr Crokes) for Roche (55); F Clifford (Waterville) for White (56)
Cork: A Casey (Kiskeam); M McSweeney (Newcestown), J Mullins (Eire Og), D Quinn (St Finbarrs); K Flahive (Douglas) S Cronin (Nemo Rgs) K Histon (Cobh); S White (Clonakilty)S O’Leary (Bantry Blues), S O’Donoghue Inniscarra), S. Powter (Douglas), R Harkin (Mallow); B Coakley (Carrigaline), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), M Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s) for Powter (inj, HT); D Ó Duinnin (Cill na Martra) for O’Donoghue (45); C Dorgan (Ballincollig) for Coakley (50); C Kiely (Ballincollig) for Quinn (51); E Lavers (Dohenys) for O’Leary (52).
Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Final at Austin Stack Park on this Thursday evening at 7:30 shows five changes in personnel from the side that defeated Limerick in the Semi Final.

Jason Foley starts at full back in place of Cathal Ó Lúing; Matthew Flaherty comes into the half back line in place of the injured Brian Sugrue; last year’s minor captain Mark O’Connor replaces the injured Matthew O’Sullivan at centre field; Eánna  Ó Conchúir replaces David Foran in the half forward line and in the full forward line, Dara Roche comes in for Tony Brosnan.

The team contains 6 of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final game  â€“ Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Matthew Flaherty, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns, Dara Roche  and Jack Savage.

12 of the side won All Ireland Minor Medals in either 2014 or 2015.

The team, captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys is as follows:

1.      Eoghan O’Brien                     Churchill

2.      Brian Ó Beaglaoich                An Ghaeltacht

3.      Jason Foley                            Ballydonoghue

4.      Tom O’Sullivan                      Dingle

5.      Matthew Flaherty                  Dingle

6.      Andrew Barry                        Na Gael

7.      Gavin White                           Dr Crokes

8.      Barry O’Sullivan                    Dingle

9.      Mark O’Connor                     Dingle

10.  Brian Ó Seanacháin               Ballydonoghue

11.  Micheál Burns                        Dr Crokes

12.  Eanna  Ó Conchúir                An Ghaeltacht

13.  Dara Roche                            Glenflesk

14.  Killian Spillane                       Templenoe

15.  Jack Savage (C)                     Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

Darragh O’Shea                           Ballydonoghue

Tony Brosnan                               Dr Crokes

Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan                  Dingle

David Foran                                 St Senans

Jordan Kiely                                 Dr Crokes

Greg Horan                                  Austin Stacks

Dan O’Donoghue                        Spa

Fionán Clifford                            Waterville

Cormac Coffey                            Kerins O’Rahillys

Shane O’Connor                          John Mitchels

Conor Geaney                              Dingle



Bainisteoir:  Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)

Roghnoirí:  Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).

Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

Additional Information

The following players are members of the extended Kerry Under 21 panel: Brandon Barrett (Ardfert, injured), Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht), James Duggan (John Mitchels), Patrick O’Connor (Dingle), Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks), Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michaels-Foilmore,Injured), Brian Rayle (Lispole, Injured), Brian Sugrue (Renard, Injured).

Kerry have gone seven campaigns without adding to their haul of 25 titles, their last title at Under 21 level in the province coming in 2008 when they went on to All Ireland glory under the captaincy of Killian Young.

Kerry and Cork clash in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Final

The Kerry Under 21 footballers will be appearing in their first Munster Under 21 Football Final since 2012 and will be seeking their first title since 2008 when they take on old rivals Cork in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 football final in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Thursday, a game that has a 7:30 throw-in.

Kerry’s record is poor in this competition since they were last crowned champions and Cork have added five titles to their list and Tipperary two in the intervening years. Rather surprisingly, only one All Ireland title has come to the province in the interim with Cork defeating Down in 2009.

With Jack O’Connor and his management team moving up to the Under 21 grade having led Kerry to two All Ireland Minor titles in the past two years, it is hardly surprising to find that the bulk of the team is made up of graduates from those successful minors, however, injuries have not been kind to Kerry this year with Brian Sugrue, injured in the semi final against Limerick, the latest to join the casualty list. He, along with Liam Carey, Liam Kearney and Shane Ryan will not be available for the Munster final but on the positive side, Cormac Coffey, Mark O’Connor, and Matthew Flaherty who have had long term injuries, are back in light training, as is Brandon Barrett (Injured in the quarter final) – whether the Cork game has come too soon for these players or not is hard to know.

Kerry were made to sweat all the way before disposing of Tipperary and Limerick in their two games to date, but in contrast, Cork had it all their own way as they freewheeled past Clare and Waterford. Kerry will certainly be up against it against a more experienced Cork team

A big crowd expected, there were 5,500 present the last time they met in Austin Stack Park in Tralee in 2012 when Cork won after extra time and the Munster Council are advising supporters to pre-purchase tickets at the usual sources such online at gaa.ie, participating Centra and Supervalu Stores, at the Kerry GAA Store and from Austin Stack Park.

Tickets can be pre purchased right up to the 7:30pm throw-in time.