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Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-12 AET 2015-05-13 23:47:00

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi Final

Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-12

Where does one start when describing this extra time thriller between these age old rivals at Austin Stack Park Tralee tonight? In a game that bristled with some fine individual performances on both sides, we were treated to some superb scores and while at the end of over 80 minutes of play the laurels rested with this new Kerry outfit, a very game Cork side lost nothing in defeat.

Straight from the throw-in Kerry lost centre forward Bryan Sweeney to a shoulder injury to be replaced by Ronan Buckley and Kerry with the aid of the wind, despite going a point behind in that opening minute quickly settled with Conor Geaney proving a handful for the Cork defence. Geaney pointed two frees after fouls on himself and Ronan Buckley and Mark O’Connor put Kerry 4 to 2 ahead by the 11th minute. However, Cork’s straight running was causing trouble for the Kerry defence and Stephen Sherlock capitalised with two points after a Daniel Ó Dúinín score to put Cork 5 points to 4 ahead at the end of the first quarter.

With Jason Foley doing some heroic work in the Kerry square and Mark O’Connor to the fore around the centre, Kerry then scored three on the trot from Gavin White, Sean O’Shea and a Geaney free, after a fine catch by Brian Ó Seanachain, and after the two Stephens – Leonard for Cork from a free and O’Sullivan for Kerry – pointed in quick succession, O’Sullivan’s shot for goal was saved at the expense of a “45” which goalkeeper Billy Courtney confidently pointed. Leonard with another free, left just two points between the sides at the break, 9 to 7 for Kerry with wind advantage to come for Cork.

Kerry had a lot of possession on the restart which they did not convert into scoresand a fine point from Ó Duinín left just the minimum between the sides. However, pointed frees from Geaney and Cormac Linnane saw Kerry three points to the good and in control by the 13th minute of the half. Kerry dominated possession for the next ten minutes but could not transfer that possession into scores and that left the door open for Cork who finished strong with points from Duinín , a Leonard free and Shane Kingston to tie the scores by the 55th minute and with exhaustion setting in, neither side came close to snatching a winner in the remaining time as the sides finished on level terms, 0-11 each at the end of normal time.

Kerry regrouped at the break, used the bench well and after Sean O’Shea and Cathal O’Rourke exchanged points, the Kingdom took control of the game with points from Graham O’Sullivan, and two from Conor Geaney to leave Kerry 15 points to 12 ahead at the break.

Wind assisted, Cork missed a few scoring chances on the resumption but with Kerry failing to get the insurance score at the other end that would surely have ended the match, Cork struck for a goal from Ó Duinín in the 6th minute of the final 10 to tie the scores once again. Kerry kept piling forward however in search of a winner and after Conor Geaney was off target Spa substitute Michael Foley was at the end of a fine move to rifle over the winner much to the delight of the large Kerry contingent in the 4,438 attendance.

So Kerry march on to a Munster final meeting with Tipperary (who defeated Clare in the other semi final by 0-16 to 2-9)on July 5th while Cork’s season t is over for another year.

Scorers: Kerry ; Conor Geaney (0-4 frees)0-6, Sean O’Shea 0-2, Stephen O’Sullivan, Cormac Linnane (free), Mark O’Connor, Billy Courtney (“45”), Gavin White, Graham O’Sullivan, Ronan Buckley and Michael Foley 0-1 each.

Cork:Daniel Ó Duinín 1-3, Stephen Leonard (0-2 frees) and Stephen Sherlock (0-2frees) 0-3 each, Shane Kingston, Sean McEvoy and Cathal O’Rourke 0-1 each.

Subs: Kerry: Ronan Buckley for Sweeney, Michael Foley for Stephen O’Sullivan, Dara O’Shea for Breen, Andrew Barry for Foley, Darren Casey for Buckley, Graham O’Sullivan for White, Tom O’Sullivan for Barry, Stephen O’Sullivan for Casey, Mike Breen for O’Brien, Brandon Barrett for O’Shea.

Click Here for Match report from GAA.ie

Kerry V Cork Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Semi Final

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Cork in the Semi Final of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm shows one change in personnel from that which defeated Clare in the Quarter final – Jack Morgan of Austin Stacks comes in at corner back in place of Dingle’s Tom O’Sullivan. Darren Casey of St Marys joins the substitutes list in place Evan Cronin of Spa who misses the game due to a broken collarbone.

The team is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes

2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla

3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue

4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks

5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes

6. Mike Breen Beaufort

7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk

8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) Dingle

9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan

10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue

11. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets

12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare

13. Stephen O'Sullivan Templenoe

14. Cormac Linnane Beale

15. Conor Geaney Dingle

Fir Ionaid

16. Eoghan O'Brien Churchill

17. Tom O'Sullivan Dingle

18. Michael Foley Spa

19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare

20. Graham O'Sullivan Dromid Pearses

21. Ronan Buckley Listry

22. Darren Casey St Marys

23. Brandon Barrett Ardfert

24. Jack Goulding Ballyduff

25. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil


Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)

Roghnoirí: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).

Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.

Captain: Mark O’Connor (Dingle)

Kitman: Ger O’ Mahony,

Physio: Kieran O’Shea,

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

The Kerry team contains just one of the side that won the All Ireland title last year - Mark O’Connor at midfield who also captains the side. Stephen O’Sullivan, who was introduced as a sub in all of Kerry’s games last year is named at corner forward while both Jason Foley and Jack Morgan, substitutes last year, are named in the full back line. Last year’s centre back, Andrew Barry, is recovering from injury and is included on the extended panel.

Kerry Play old Rivals Cork on Wednesday

This is effectively a new Kerry team – Mark O’Connor, who captains the side, is the only survivor from Kerry’s first fifteen from last year, Andrew Barry, who is still recovering from injury, is included in the panel, Stephen O’Sullivan, Jason Foley and Jack Morgan were regulars from the subs bench last season and the likes of Gavin White, Brian Ó Seanachain and Conor Geaney were also panel members last year – but basically Kerry have a new team on duty.

Kerry have been hit with a number of injuries in the last few weeks, most notably a broken collar bone received by Evan Cronin, a second half substitute in the Clare game, received during his club’s Intermediate Championship draw with Kenmare.

Cork, as we know, are always very strong at this level given their huge pick and they have a good sprinkling of players available from last year.

The Kerry team announced on Sunday evening shows one change from the side that defeated Clare with Jack Morgan coming in at corner back for Tom O’Sullivan while Darren Casey joins the subs in place of the unfortunate Cronin.

Game is All Ticket

A big attendance is expected at the game given the fact that the game is knock-out and the fact that there was an attendance of almost 2,000 at the Clare game – it is expected that there will be at least double that on Wednesday evening so patrons are asked to please come along early. This is a Munster Council fixture and as usual, Ticket Vans will be in operation.

Admission Prices are €10 for adults, U16's are free while Students/OAPs can buy their ticket at the venue for €5 on the day with proper ID.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Kerry County Committee office, the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney and through the participating Supervalu and Centra stores throughout the county including all Garveys Stores.