Cronin fires Kerry to five in a row
Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-15
Kerry's domination over Cork continued in this Munster junior football final at Austin Stack Park, completing five in a row at this grade to add to senior and minor successes at the weekend.
Cork looked to be in the driving seat three minutes into the second period when they increased their lead to five points with a quick-fire goal by wing-back John Cronin and a Jerry O'Connor free.
But Kerry responded with points from man of the match Evan Cronin and a Daniel Daly free, before Jerry O'Connor restored Cork's four-point lead in the 38th minute.
But Cork did not register another score for 17 minutes and it wasn't long before Paudie Clifford, older brother of senior star David, set up Daly to find the Cork net and level the contest.
Points followed from Cronin (2), Daly (free) and sub Chris Farley before Cork finally scored through Michael Vaughan, but in six minutes of injury time, all they could muster was a Killian O'Hanlon point.
Kerry now face Kildare in the All-Ireland semi-final on July 11.
Scorers - Kerry: D Daly 1-4 (0-3f); T Hickey 1-2; E Cronin 0-5; K Murphy, N O'Shea and C Farley 0-1 each. Cork: J O'Connor 0-5 (3f); J Cronin 1-0; S Hickey and A O'Connor (f) 0-2 each; B Daly, K O'Hanlon, B Terry O'Sullivan, E McSweeney, D Dineen and M Vaughan 0-1 each.
KERRY - D O'Shea; T Wallace, D Donoghue, P O'Sullivan; P Clifford, A Barry, S Moloney; K Murphy, R Murphy; E Cronin, P Clifford, L O'Donoghue; T Hickey, D Daly, N Ó Se. Subs: P O'Connor for P Clifford (40); C Fitzgerald for L O'Donoghue (43); C Farley for N O'Shea (56); B Crowley for T Hickey (63).
CORK - C Kelly; P Clancy, P Murphy, D O'Regan; K Cremin, B Daly, J Cronin; K O'Hanlon, B Terry O'Sullivan; S Hickey, C Vaughan, E McSweeney; J O'Connor, D Dineen, A O'Connor. Subs: R Harkin for B Terry O'Sullivan (45); M Vaughan for A O'Connor (48); D Cremin for J O'Connor; C Dennehy for B Daly (57).
REF - A Kissane (Waterford).