Hurling round-up: History made as Kerry stun Cork with 10-point win
Kerry, the Cinderella team of Munster hurling, have fashioned a historic competitive win over Cork.
Just 433 spectators were in Tralee's Austin Stack Park to witness the home side's stunning 1-23 to 1-13 win over the current Munster champions and last year's beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists.
It is believed to be Kerry's first-ever competitive win over the Rebels at senior level.
Granted it was in a dead rubber game in the Munster Senior League and the visitors fielded a second-string side. Captain Luke Meade was the only first-team player in action for the visitors.
Still Kerry was full value for their win. Fintan O'Connor's side laid the foundations in the first half leading 1-13 to 0-6 at the break.
An early second-half goal from the visitors sparked the prospect of a revival but Kerry held their nerve adding ten points to run out comfortable ten-point winners.
It has been a nightmare start to 2018 for new Cork boss John Meyler as this is the side's third defeat on the spin – earlier they lost to Limerick and Clare respectively.
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Meanwhile, Limerick actually won the competition when they had six points to spare over the defending title holders, Clare at the Gaelic Grounds in the final (0-16; 0-10)
The Treaty County had lost the two previous finals so it was a case of third-time lucky in the decider which failed to produce a goal.
Wexford advanced to meet Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup final in Leinster when they came from behind to beat Dublin by seven points at Parnell Park (1-20; 0-16)
The contest turned on top incidents in a 90-second period in the third quarter.
Dublin were leading when Paul Winters was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Immediately afterwards Cathal Dunbar hit the game's only goal for the visitors.
Davy Fitzgerald's side then assumed command and run out comfortable winners.
Munster SHL Final
Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-10
Kerry 1-23 Cork 1-13
Walsh Cup semi-final
Wexford 1-20 Dublin 0-16
Wicklow B 4-19 Longford 1-6
Louth 3-13 DCU-St Patricks 1-12