Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cork set sights on revenge

Munster U-21 FC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Cork v Kerry, Pairc Ui Rinn, 7.30, D O'Mahony, Tipperary

Having knocked champions Tipp off their perch in the semi-final stage, Cork will have revenge on their minds when they face Kerry -- who beat them in last season's quarter-finals -- this evening.

Home advantage will stand to the Rebels, who will be aware that the Kingdom have failed to win in Cork on their last four attempts.

Barry John Keane was the star man in last year's meeting, scoring seven points, and he comes back into the team after suspension in place of injured clubmate Barry John Walsh. David O'Leary replaces Pa Kilkenny, while Thomas Ladden replaces Colm Moriarty for last year's finalists.

Paul Geaney will be a marked man after scoring 2-3 in the semi-final win over Limerick and he is one of six of the panel who are also with the seniors. Cork only have two, but in captain Aidan Walsh and vice-captain Ciaran Sheehan, they have young men who know all about the big stage.

Twelve members of UCC's Sigerson Cup-winning team will take the field, nine for Cork and three for Kerry.

Cork are unchanged from their win over Tipp and go into the clash as favourites. Manager John Cleary reckons this evening's opponents are the "team to beat" this season, but the Rebels should have the edge.

Odds: Cork 4/6, Kerry 6/4, Draw 7/1

Verdict: Cork

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