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Kerry win U21 Munster Final 2017-03-30 08:12:00

EirGrid Munster Under 21 Championship Final

KERRY 2-16 CORK 0-6

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie


A dominant performance saw Kerry win a first EirGrid Munster U21FC title since 2008, proving far too strong for Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn.

While Cork – seeking a sixth provincial title in seven years – couldn’t start key players Kevin Flahive or Stephen Sherlock, some senior counties would have struggled to deal with the Kingdom, featuring 14 players who had won All-Ireland minor medals in the past three years.

In front of 3,861, Kerry began like they meant business and within the first seven minutes they had four unanswered points on the board, Kilian Spillane with two while Seán O’Shea and Cathal Bambury were also on target.


In the midst of that, Cork’s Michael Hurley was unlucky not to cap a driving run with a goal, his shot hitting the post, and the Rebels suggested that they had settled when a free from captain Seán O’Donoghue was followed by two points from Brian Coakley.

Instead, though, Kerry found another gear and pushed on to open up a lead that Cork wouldn’t be able to bridge. In the 19th minute, they struck for a goal as wing-back Brian Ó Beaglaioch – pushed up on Cork sweeper Michael Dineen – cut through and squared for full-forward Matthew O’Sullivan, who had an easy task from close range.


An excellent Spillane point from the left was followed by a good O’Shea free and Kerry were good value for their 1-6 to 0-3 half-time lead. By the time Cork would get their fourth point, a Gary Murphy free in the 38th minute, Kerry had added another four of their own in the opening seven minutes of the second half. The impressive Tom O’Sullivan got things going after the restart before O’Shea and Spillane (two) opened up a ten-point advantage.

Murphy’s point didn’t signal a Cork comeback, with Andrew Barry continuing to dominate at midfield for Kerry. The points continued to come and half-time sub Conor Geaney was only denied a goal by a good Ross Donovan save.


At the other end, Cork wing-back Jerry O’Riordan might have netted, but Ó Beaglaioch made a great goal-line block. Even if it had gone in, a comeback wasn’t going to materialise but Geaney capped a good night for Kerry, who will present tough opposition for Galway or Sligo in the All-Ireland semi-final.


Scorers for Kerry: Seán O’Shea 0-6 (3fs, 145), Killian Spillane 0-5 (2fs), Conor Geaney 1-2 (0-1 free), Matthew O’Sullivan 1-1, Cathal Bambury, Tom O’Sullivan 0-1 each.


Scorers for Cork: Brian Coakley (1f), Stephen Sherlock (2fs) 0-2 each, Gary Murphy, Seán O’Donoghue 0-1 (f) each.


KERRY: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan, Brian Sugrue; Brian Ó Beaglaíoch, Tom O’Sullivan, Gavin White; Andrew Barry, Brian Ó Seanacháin; Brandon Barrett, Seán O’Shea, Matthew Flaherty; Killian Spillane, Matthew O’Sullivan, Cathal Bambury.
Subs: Jack Morgan for Sugrue (16, injured), Conor Geaney for Bambury (half-time), Micheál Burns for Barrett (45), Barry O’Sullivan for Flaherty (46), Cormac Coffey for Tom O’Sullivan (50, black card), Jordan Kiely for Matthew O’Sullivan (52).


CORK: Ross Donovan; Seán Daly, John Mullins, Seán Wilson; Jerry O’Riordan, Aidan Browne, Cian Kiely; Eoin Lavers, Seán O’Donoghue; Gary Murphy, Seán Powter, Liam O’Donovan; Brian Coakley, Michael Dineen, Michael Hurley.
Subs: Daniel Meaney for Dineen (22), Stephen Sherlock for Lavers (half-time), Mark Buckley for Murphy, Kevin O’Donovan for Browne (both 42), Seán O’Donovan for Coakley (46), Seán O’Leary for Daly (57).

REFEREE: Alan Kissane (Waterford)


Kerry and Cork clash in Munster Under 21 Final

Kerry travel to Páirc Uí Rinn on this Wednesday night for a much anticipated meeting with Cork in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 championship final, a game that has a 7:30 throw-in time. Kerry folk need little reminding that the Kingdom have not beaten Cork in this grade since Killian Young’s side of 2008 worked the oracle in Austin Stack Park back in 2008 with a team that included the likes of Shane Enright, David Moran, Kieran O’Leary, Johnny Buckley and Tommy Walsh. That team went on to claim Kerry’s last All Ireland in the grade but since then Kerry have had to suffer a raft of disappointing defeats at the hands of the Rebels including four in the first round, one at the semi final stage and three finals.

What is surprising is that Cork have gone on to win just two All Ireland titles in the grade in those years though it must be conceded that they were particularly unlucky in a couple of finals when lady luck did not smile on them. Kerry, under Jack O’Connor, have been busy building on the success of their minors over the past three or four years and they were unlucky with injuries last year, but on this occasion they are picking from a full squad although it has been a struggle to get the full panel together with Sigerson and All Ireland Club activity ongoing right up to the St Patrick’s weekend.

It has been all of twenty years since Kerry have won on Cork soil at this level and that replayed final in Páirc Uí Rinn will be remembered for the last minute penalty save by David Moloney of Dr Crokes from Fionán Murray. That Kerry side included the likes of Barry O’Shea, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Tomás Ó Sé, Denis Dwyer, and Mike Frank Russell.

The Kerry team to do duty on Wednesday contains eight of the side that started in last year’s final against the same opposition while four more starters were on the injured list for last year’s decider.

Cork are an experienced side, have matched Kerry at minor level in 2014 and 2015 and will as usual be a difficult nut to crack. Kerry, with a squad who are accustomed to a winning mentality, will be attempting to finally end the hoodoo that has hung over them in the Under 21 grade in recent times and only an Herculean performance will see them through on this occasion. Referee is Alan Kissane of Waterford.


Kerry V Cork  – Munster Under 21 Football Championship Final 29th March 2017 Páirc Uí Rinn.

The Kerry Under 21 Football Team to play Cork  in the Munster Championship Final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening @ 7:30 pm contains 8 of the side that started in last year’s final against the same opposition - Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan, Tom “Leo” O’Sullivan, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Gavin White, Brian Ó Seanachain, Matthew Flaherty and Killian Spillane -  while 4 more of Wednesday’s side - Shane Ryan, Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry and Matthew O’Sullivan - were on the injured list for last year’s decider.

The team shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Waterford in the last round; Brain Ó Beagaloich, Brandon Barrett and Matthew O’Sullivan who missed that semi final game due to injury return to the starting fifteen as does Gavin White of Dr Crokes who was club-tied on that occasion. They replace Jack Morgan, Cormac Coffey, Barry O’Sullivan and Lee O’Donoghue.

The Dr Crokes pair of Micheál Burns and Jordan Kiely, both of whom played in last year’s final, are included in the subs having also been club-tied for the previous two games.

The team, captained by Brian Sugrue of Renard is as follows:


1 Shane Ryan Rathmore

2 Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan Dingle

3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue

4 Brian Sugrue (C) Renard

5 Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht

6 Tom O'Sullivan Dingle

7 Gavin White Dr. Crokes

8 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil

9 Brian ÓSeanacháin Ballydonoghue

10 Brandon Barrett Ardfert

11 Sean O’Shea Kenmare

12 Matthew Flaherty Dingle

13 Killian Spillane Templenoe

14 Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore

15 Cathal Bambury Dingle

Fir Ionaid:

16 Eoghan O’Brien Churchill

17 Barry O'Sullivan Dingle

18 Jack Morgan Austin Stacks

19 Conor Geaney Dingle

20 Cormac Coffey Kerins O'Rahillys

21 Daniel O'Brien Glenflesk

22 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes

23 Micheál Burns Dr. Crokes

24 Roibeard Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

25 Mark Ryan Rathmore


Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir:  Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)

Roghnoirí:  Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).

Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys) and Arthur Fitzgerald (Firies)


With the exception of Matthew O'Sullivan, all of the side have played in successful All Ireland Minor winning sides since 2014 with Sean O'Shea a member of last year's winning side.


Kerry will play Cork in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Final on Wednesday March 29th at 7:30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.


Kerry Under 21s take on Cork in Munster Final

Kerry Under 21s secured a place in this year’s Munster Under 21 final following a very facile 1-18 to 0-7 victory over a very disappointing Waterford side at Fraher field on Wednesday of last week. This game was little more than a workout for the visitors and it will have done them little good in their build up to a final meeting with old rivals Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday of next week. Cork got a good test of their ability following a tough encounter with Limerick and that is sure to stand to them. Kerry will be hoping on the return to full fitness of Brian Ó Beagaloich and they will also welcome back the Dr Crokes contingent such as Gavin White and Micheál Burns. With Kerry not having won a Munster Under 21 title since 2008, this game is already being billed as the game of the season so far in a winner takes all encounter that throws in at 7:30pm.


Kerry GAA Supporters Bus

A reminder that the Supporters Club are also carrying a bus to the Munster Under 21 final against Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday week.


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