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Clifford on song as CIT advance

Cork IT edged out an experimental Kerry side in nearly unplayable conditions at a rain and wind lashed Austin Stack Park on Saturday.

Ryan Clifford's 24th-minute goal proved pivotal for CIT.

The sides were level at the break, 1-2 to 0-5, but despite a string of second-half wides, CIT held Kerry to just a single score to advance to the quarter-finals.

Scorers -- Cork IT: R Clifford 1-3 (3f), C Casey, S O'Brien, M Bowles, T Murphy 0-1 each. Kerry: D O'Connell 0-4 (4f), M Boyle, S Nolan 0-1 each.

Cork IT -- T Quaid; S Kearney, E Dillon, B Weathers; C Leahy R Cashman, S Daniels; N Kelly, P Gould; E Cronin, C Casey, M O'Sullivan; S O'Brien, R Clifford, S Corcoran. Subs: J O'Callaghan for Kearney (h-t), T Murphy for Cronin (h-t), B O'Sullivan for Leahy (45), M Bowles for Gould (52).

Kerry -- B Rochford; P O'Grady, E Corridan, A Keane; A Royle, T Murnane, J Griffin; P Monson, D Dineen; D O'Connell, M Boyle, J Egan; R Kenny, L Boyle, S Nolan. Subs: T Moloney for Kenny (h-t), D Wallace for Monson (h-t), E Fitzgerald for O'Grady (56), J Casey for Dineen (56), J Flaherty for Nolan (56).

Ref -- S Hourigan (Rathkeale)

Irish Independent