Keniry and Meade hit groove as Rebels dismantle Kerry
Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-9 Munster MHC
As expected, Cork proved far too strong for Kerry in the opening round of this competition at Páirc Uí Rinn.
With attackers Dayne Lee, Eoghan Keniry, Seán Hayes and Tomás O'Connor finding their groove, Cork hit the ground running and had built up an 0-8 to 0-3 lead by the end of the first quarter, Brandon Barrett getting two of Kerry's points from frees.
The hosts continued to make most of the running, and in the 22nd minute Keniry got the first of his two goals as he flicked a Daniel Meaney delivery to the net.
That helped Cork to a 1-14 to 0-3 half-time lead and when Keniry struck again in the 42nd minute, it made it 2-17 to 0-5. Lee showed some very nice touches as he ended up with seven points from play, while Hayes was very accurate from frees.
With 11 minutes left, substitute Billy Dunne added a third goal and but for some very good saves by Kerry goalkeeper Stephen Murphy, Cork would have had more goals.
However, there was still time for the excellent Luke Meade to raise two more green flags before the finish.
Cork now await the winners of tonight's clash between Limerick and Tipperary.
Scorers – Cork: L Meade, E Keniry 2-4 each, D Lee 0-7, S Hayes 0-6 (5fs), T O'Connor 0-3, B Dunne 1-0, D Buckley, D Meaney 0-1 each. Kerry: B Barrett 0-4fs, M O'Leary 0-2, R Collins, J Conway, A Murphy 0-1 each.
CORK – P Collins; C Walsh, S Bourke, E Gunning; S O'Brien, A O'Callaghan, D Browne; S O'Donoghue, D Meaney; L Meade, T O'Connor, D Lee; M Dolan, S Hayes, E Keniry. Subs: D Casey for O'Connor, B Dunne for Dolan (both 38), D Buckley for O'Donoghue (44), D Dooling for Meaney (48), J O'Sullivan for Keniry (51).
KERRY – S Murphy; S O'Sullivan, J Barrett, A O'Mahony; M Lynch, D Shanahan, M Leane; B Barrett, F O'Sullivan; J Buckley, M O'Leary, J Brick; J Diggins, J Goulding, F Mackessy. Subs: R Collins for Lynch (23), J Diggins for J Barrett (39), D O'Carroll for F O'Sullivan (40), J Conway for Brick (46), A Murphy for B Barrett (51).
REF – T Walsh (Waterford).