Sunday 25 August 2019

Cork claim U-20 Munster title in style with three-goal thrashing of Kerry

Eirgrid Munster U-20 final: Cork 3-16 Kerry 0-12

Cork captain Peter O'Driscoll lifts the cup alongside his team-mates following the EirGrid Munster GAA Football U20 Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork captain Peter O'Driscoll lifts the cup alongside his team-mates following the EirGrid Munster GAA Football U20 Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cork inflicted a 13-point hammering on Kerry to dethrone the reigning 2019 EirGrid Munster Under 20 football champions at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The Kingdom had no answer to a swashbuckling Cork display highlighted by three superbly taken goals in front of an appreciative attendance of 2,758 supporters.

Cork built an early lead on the back of Colm Barrett, Mark Cronin, Damien Gore and Cathal O’Mahony’s smart inter-play and scoring. The latter would finish with 1-5 and was a menace whenever in possession.

Mark Cronin was equally impressive in front of goal as the Rebels led 0-10 to 0-6 at the break and never looked like succumbing to a Kerry side unable to mount a response.

Donal O’Sullivan toiled hard on his side’s behalf but Cork’s backs were as impressive as their forwards during a commanding second half display in which Blake Murphy came off the bench to fire home a 36th minute goal.

The result was never in doubt from that point onwards and even though Kerry managed to reduce the deficit, Keith Ricken’s side were able to prise open their opposing defence for two late goals.

Fionn Herlihy found the net a few minutes after coming on and it was fitting that Cork’s standout player, Cathal O’Mahony, had the final say. Cork’s full-forward scent a bullet past goalkeeper Brian Longeran to complete a superb victory and set up an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Tyrone.

SCORERS – Cork: C O’Mahony 1-5 (0-2f), M Cronin 0-5, B Murphy 1-1, F Herlihy 1-0, D Gore and C Barrett 0-2 each, C O’Callaghan 0-1. Kerry: D O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-1f), E Horan 0-3, C Gammell, S O’Leary, P O’Shea and F Clifford 0-1 each.

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CORK – M O’Mahony, M Shanley, P Ring; G O’Donovan, S Meehan, P O’Driscoll (c); B Hartnett, D O’Connell; C Barrett, C O’Callaghan, M Hodnett; M Cronin, C O’Mahony, D Gore. Subs: B Murphy for Hodnett (27), J Murphy for O’Connell (35), D O’Connell for Murphy (36, blood), F Herlihy for O’Callaghan (48), J Murphy for Barrett (50), J McCarthy for O’Donovan (59), S Hickey for Meehan (60).

KERRY – B Lonergan; D McCarthy, D Casey, M Potts; C Gammell, P Warren, S O’Leary (captain); K O’Connor, B Mahony; S Horan, E Horan, A Donoghue; F Clifford, D O’Sullivan, K Falvey. Subs: C Ferriter for Falvey (22), N Donohue for McCarthy (34), B Friel for Horan (40), C O’Donoghue for Casey (40), P O’Shea for O’Connor (46), P Walsh for Clifford (53).

REF –  A Kissane (Waterford).

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