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Munster Junior FC Final 2015 :Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11 2015-07-01 22:16:00

Kerry are Munster Junior Football Champions
Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11


In the end it was an emphatic victory for Kerry at Pairc Uí Rinn in this Munster Junior Football Final but one that did not look very likely at half time. Kerry had dominated the first quarter but had only five points to show on the board when the margin could, and should, have been double that figure. In a flash Cork came into the game, overpowered their opponents to lead by three points at the break and the omens certainly did not look good for Kerry as they trooped off at half time. Whatever Stephen Wallace said to his troops in the sanctuary of the dressing rooms however worked the oracle and the Kingdom resumed in a determined mood to blow the Cork challenge away with a powerful display of score-taking.

Kerry got the start they craved for and after Conor Cox pointed them in front with a point from a free inside the opening 30 seconds, Brian Crowley passed up a great chance of a goal after three minutes of play. Minutes later Kerry had another chance of a goal when, after a great passing move, Cork keeper Anthony Seymour palmed a point blank shot from James Walsh against the crossbar and though Crowley pointed the rebound a second goaling chance had gone a-begging.

The O’Donoghues, Jeff and Alan, extended Kerry’s lead to five points by the 14th minute before Cork got off the mark with a pointed free from their danger man Mark Sugrue. This was the signal for Cork to takeover in the middle third of the field and they shot seven further points without reply (5 from play) to be in total command at the interval at which stage they led by 8 points to 5. Crucially during that period of dominance however, they never looked like scoring a goal and Kerry were thankful to hear the referee’s half time whistle.

Jeff O’Donoghue and Conor Cox, both of whom were to torment the Cork defence in the second half, cut the deficit to a point inside the opening two minutes of the resumption and though Michael O’Leary pointed at the other end, Cork were not to score again until the 56th minute. Eamonn Kiely, just introduced for Brendan O’Sullivan, pointed and then the Cork goal had another let-off when Alan O’Donoghue’s shot rebounded off a back and the goalkeeper with Brian Crowley pointing after the resultant “45” by Shane Murphy came back off the post to level the game at 9 points apiece. With the likes of Philip O’Connor doing Trojan work in the half forward line, Kerry went on to score five points in a seven minute spell – including three from Jeff O’Donoghue – to go five clear before the winners were awarded a penalty when Brian Crowley was fouled in the square. Conor Cox duly converted and Kerry were 1-14 to 0-9 clear with twelve minutes to go. There was no let up by the boys in Green and Gold however and they outpointed Cork by 6 points to 2 in the remaining time with Conor Cox accounting for three of those and Jeff O’Donoghue getting his sixth from play.
So a thoroughly deserved victory for Kerry who put back to back Junior titles together for the first time since 1994-95.

Scorers Kerry: Conor Cox 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees, 0-1 “45”), Jeff O’Donoghue 0-6, Brian Crowley, Eamonn Kiely and Thomas Hickey (0-1fr) 0-2 each.
Kerry: Shane Murphy (Kilcummin), Dan O’Donoghue (Spa), Jack McGuire (Listowel Emmets), David Culhane (Ballylongford), James Walsh (Knocknagoshel), Tadgh Morley (Templenoe), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia), Liam Kearney (Spa), Brian Crowley (Templenoe), Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), Philip O’Connor (Cordal), Alan O’Donoghue (C) (John Mitchels), Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets),Thomas Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds).
Subs: Gary O’Sullivan (Listry) for Kearney, Eamonn Kiely (Brosna) for Brendan O’Sullivan, Michael Brennan (Churchill) for Dan O’Donoghue (Inj), Greg Gibson (Waterville) for Gavin Crowley, David Griffin (Ardfert) for Jeff O’Donoghue.