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Munster Junior Football Final-Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-13 2016-06-29 20:53:00

Munster Junior Football Championship Final
Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-13
By Murt Murphy

Kerry upset the odds when they defeated Cork in this exciting Munster Junior Football Final, played at the Austin Stack Park Tralee thus completing three in a row at this grade.
Kerry who are reigning All-Ireland champions had to field a completely new squad while Cork had the bulk of last year’s team beaten by Kerry but, despite a gusty second half fight back, Cork were unable to pierce the champions defence.

Kerry dominated the opening half despite playing against the wind, with Adrian Spillane the dominant figure at midfield while Jason Foley served notice that he may well be a future senior full-back. The winners raced 0-6 to 0-3 in front by the end of the opening quarter, thanks to Paul O’Donoghue ( 2), and one each from Patrick Clifford, Adrian Spillane, Niall O’Shea and Kieran Hurley while Cork’s outstanding wing forward Michael Vaughan kicked two from play and Mark Sugrue added a free. O’Donoghue from the same club as Bryan Sheehan was unerring from placed balls and with Spillane running at the Cork defence in a tour de force display and Kerry led 0-10 to 0-6 at the interval.

Cork did rally in the second half with Killian O’Hanlon pulling the strings around the middle and three superb points from Vaughan plus two more from Eoghan Buckley closed the gap to two points with three minutes left. But Foley, Cathal Ó Lúing, Brian Ó Seanachain, Spillane and captain, Paul O’Donoghue, kept Kerry in front and it was fitting that it was O’Donoghue that nailed the ’45 which was the difference between the sides at the end.
Kerry go in search of another All-Ireland final appearance (their 4th in 4 years) when they face Warwickshire on July 23rd.

Scorers: Kerry: P O’Donoghue (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘45), A Spillane and S M O’Conchuir (0-2), K Hurley, N O Shea and P Clifford. Cork: M Vaughan (0-6), M Sugrue (0-3, 0-2 frees), E Buckley 0-3, K O’Hanlon 0-1
Kerry: D O’Shea; D Brosnan, J Foley, C Ó Lúing; P Clifford, A Barry, L Bastible; A Spillane, M O’Donnell ; B Ó Seanacháin, P O’Donoghue, D Foran; S M Ó Conchúir, K Hurley, N O’Shea. Subs: F Clifford for D Brosnan ( 40), C O Shea for P Clifford ( 46), K O’Sullivan for M O’Donnell ( 48), R Wharton for D Foran ( 52), S O’Sullivan for K Hurley ( 54), A Barry for S O’Sullivan ( inj 61)
A Casey: D Colfer, P Murphy, J Mullins; D O’ Neill B Daly, K Histon; J Corkery, C Brosnan; M Vaughan O’ Hanlon, R Harkin; M Sugrue, G O’ Connor, D Harrington. Subs: E Buckley for D Harrington ( 7), C Moynihan for J Corkery ( 25), T J Brosnan for D O’Neill ( h/t), P Condon for G O Connor ( 47) S O Leary for C Brosnan ( 52), N McCarthy for P Murphy ( 57)

Kerry Junior Football Team V Cork
Munster Championship Final

The Kerry Junior team to play Cork in the Munster Junior Football Final in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Wednesday evening at 7:30 shows four changes in personnel from the side that defeated Limerick in the semi final; Jason Foley comes into the full back line instead of Fionán Clifford; Andrew Barry starts in the half back line instead of Robert Wharton; David Foran comes into the half forward line in place of Liam Carey and Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir, a late withdrawal in the semi final due to injury, recovers to take his place at right corner forward to the exclusion of Dara Roche.
Stephen O'Sullivan, Sean T Dillon and Shane Fitzmaurice are added to the match day squad.

The team captained by Paul O’Donoghue of St Marys is as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
18 Fionán Clifford Waterville
19 Robert Wharton Renard
20 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
21 Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
22 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk
23 Conor O’Shea St Marys
24 Adam Barry Brosna

Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).
Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Sean T. Dillon (St Senans) and Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna)