Tuesday 22 October 2019

Cork primed to inflict more pain on Kerry

Cork threat: Eimear Scally. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork threat: Eimear Scally. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cork served notice of their championship intentions with a 24-point Round 2 victory over Waterford last time out.

Bearing in mind that Waterford had beaten Kerry in their opening fixture, it was a statement of intent from the Leesiders and they're in no mood to relinquish their provincial crown.

Cork have carried their excellent Lidl NFL Division 1-winning form into the championship and will start as favourites to knock Kerry out of Munster.

Kerry have caused Cork some problems in recent years in the province but they need a huge improvement to compete.

Kerry lost the NFL Division 2 final to Waterford, before falling to the same opposition six days later in Round 1 in Munster.

Now they face a do-or-die clash with Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn today (5.0) in their quest to remain in the Munster Championship.

Victory for Cork will pit them against Waterford again in the provincial decider but a Kerry win would mean that score difference would be required to determine the finalists.

Cork are fielding a lethal inside line, with Eimear Scally, Saoirse Noonan and Orla Finn all capable of posting big scores.

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Kerry have enough star quality in their ranks to be competitive with players like Sarah Houlihan, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Anna Galvin in attack.

There's proven pace and scoring power in the Kingdom ranks but it would still be a major upset if they had enough to upset Cork.

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