Relief for Cleary as Cork hold off Kerry
By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Cork 0-14 Kerry 2-7
Cork eventually just did enough to initiate their quest for a third consecutive Munster U21 football title against Kerry at Páirc Uí Rinn last night, sub Seán Kiely with a 61st-minute point. The denouement of this clash proved far closer than looked likely with just under 20 minutes remaining, though, as, having gone in level at half time, 0-7 to 2-1, the home side began the second half in excellent fashion. Dan Mac Eoin kicked three wonderful points while fellow West Cork man John O’Rourke added another and to highlight the discord between their fluency and Kerry’s travails, Gavin O’Grady missed a very scoreable free for the visitors and Conor Cox saw his effort first deemed a point before referee Derek O’Mahony overruled his umpire.
By that stage, Kerry had not scored a point from play, but on the three-quarter mark Cox finally put that statistic right, and from there they found an extra gear or two as Cork’s attackers suffered from a lack of possession. Kieran Murphy, a Leaving Certificate student in St Brendan’s in Killarney, was introduced in midfield and he dovetailed excellently with James Walsh, whose senior experience shone through all game, providing Kerry a platform, while Cork could not progress the ball.
With Cox beginning to find his range, the lead was eaten into, two from the Listowel man leaving just a point in it as Cork led by 0-12 to 2-5 with six minutes remaining. Cork needed something, and they looked to have got it when corner-back Alan Cronin pointed after linking with O’Rourke, but instead of that stemming the Kerry flow it only galvanised them and Walsh kicked a huge point before Gavin O’Grady held onto possession well before forging an opening for a shot to level. The momentum was firmly in Kerry’s favour now, and Cox had a speculative effort for a winner, but Cork’s nous — eight of last year’s Munster final-winning side started — showed itself as the ball was worked through Cronin, Luke Connolly, Damien Cahalane and Jamie Wall before Wall gave Kiely his first possession and he showed excellent composure to slot over.
For Cork manager John Cleary, relief was the primary emotion. “Kerry took over in midfield with 10 or 15 minutes to go, and we couldn’t get the ball up, we were lucky to come out with the win,” he said. “When we got the ball to the forwards we did well but we missed three one-on-ones and we couldn’t have had any complaints if it had gone to extra-time. “We got caught for two sucker-punches in the first half, another day that could have cost us, and hopefully we’ll learn from it. You don’t have to tell me that there are aspects of tonight we wouldn’t be pleased with, we’ll have to go away and work on them.”
The key positives for Cork to take ahead of the semi-final clash with Limerick on March 27 were the liveliness of Mac Eoin and Brian Hurley in attack when fed well, with the pair kicking seven points from play between them. Alan Cadogan at right half-forward also worked hard, though an anxiety when shooting let him down at times, while midfielder Ian Maguire, a minor last year, got through plenty of ball before tiring and being replaced by match-winner Kiely.
For Kerry, Walsh and Shane O’Callaghan stood out, while they had goalkeeper Shane Murphy to thank for not allowing Cork to build up a big first-half lead. The tale of the opening period can be distilled into Cork not taking their goal chances while Kerry availed of the two they were presented with. Murphy denied Hurley and Luke Connolly before Kerry caught Cork twice. In the 15th minute, O’Grady evaded Cronin’s clutches after a nice Mark Reen ball and finished well to level at 0-4 to 1-1, and then, on 23, O’Callaghan was allowed to meander through the Cork defence far too easily to make it 2-1 to 0-5. Cork’s attacking capabilities were greater, however, and though Murphy produced two more saves from Mac Eoin, both resulted in points, Hurley converting a rebound with the second one tipped over to leave the game tied at half time. The hosts looked set to push on, and while they eventually did, it was far from easy.
Scorers for Cork: D Mac Eoin 0-7 (0-3f), B Hurley 0-4, J O’Rourke, A Cronin, S Kiely 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kerry: C Cox 0-5 (0-2f), G O’Grady 1-1, S O’Callaghan 1-0, J Walsh 0-1.
CORK: D Hanrahan; B O’Driscoll, C Dorman, A Cronin; TJ Brosnan, D Cahalane, J Wall; T Clancy, I Maguire; A Cadogan, M Sugrue, J O’Rourke; D Mac Eoin, B Hurley, L Connolly.
Subs: C Vaughan for Sugrue (39), S Kiely for Maguire (53), K Hallissey for Cadogan (55),
KERRY: S Murphy; F McNamara, P Kilkenny, D Culhane; P Ó Sé, T Morley, M Mangan; J Walsh, S Keane; J Hickson, M Reen, S O’Callaghan; G O’Grady, C Cox, C Brady.
Subs: K Murphy for Brady (42), C Keane for Reen (52), J Sheehy for Hickson (57).
Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Kerry Under 21 Football team to play Cork –
1. Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh / Glencar
3. David Culhane Ballylongford
4. Fearghal McNamara Austin Stacks
5. Padraig Ó Sé An Gaeltacht
6. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
7. Marcus Mangan Milltown Castlemaine
8. James Walsh Knocknagoshel
9. Shaun Keane Killarney Legion
10. Jason Hickson Annascaul
11. Mark Reen Rathmore (Captain)
12. Shane O’Callaghan Austin Stacks
13. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh / Glencar
14. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
15. Chris Brady Dr Crokes
16. Damien Horgan St Mary’s Caherciveen
17. Chris Davies Legion
18. Eamonn Kiely Brosna
19. Kieran Murphy Kilcummin
20. Gary O’Leary Kilcummin
21. Niall Sheehy John Mitchels
22. Ciaran Keating Skellig Rangers
23. Kieran O’Mahony Kerins O’Rahillys
24. Conor Keane Legion
Bainisteoir: Darragh Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)
Treánlaí: Ciarán McCabe
Roghnoirí: Harry O’Neill (Dr Crokes), John Shanahan (Valentia), Noel Kennelly (Listowel Emmets).
Logistics: Cathal Ó Dúbhda & Tomás Ó Muirceartaigh
• Fearghal McNamara, Pa Kilkenny, James Walsh, Chris Brady, and Conor Cox all started in last year’s final defeat by Cork.
• Mark Reen, Tadhg Morley and Gavin O’Grady were introduced during that game last year.
• David Culhane, Jason Hickson and Chris Davies were members of the panel last year.
• Both James Walshe and Pa Kilkenny are in their 3rd year on the panel
he Cork U21 team to play Kerry in Wednesday’s Munster U21 Football Quarter-Final will line out as follows:
1. David Hanrahan
2. Brian O’Driscoll 3. Conor Dorman 4. Alan Cronin
5. T.J.Brosnan 6. Tom Clancy 7. Jamie Wall
8. Damien Cahalane 9. Ian Maguire
10. Alan Cadogan 11. Mark Sugrue 12. John O’Rourke
13. Brian Hurley 14. Luke Connolly 15. Dan MacEoin
16 Pat Kirby Tadgh MacCarthaigh
17 Conor O’Sullivan Clyda Rovers
18 Kevin Crowley Millstreet
19 Kevin Fulignati Nemo Rangers
20 Sean Kiely Ballincollig
21 Jamie Burns St Finbarr’s
22 Kevin Hallissey Eire Og
23 Cathal Vaughan Iveleary
24 Tom Hegarty O Donovan Rossa
Captain: Damien Cahalane
For the Record
|2013 Team Management||Trainer – Darragh Ó Sé
Selectors: Harry O’Neill (Dr Crokes), John Shanahan (Valentia) and
(Castlehaven – Coach)
Selectors – Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown), Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Michael Linehan (Killavullen), Brian Herlihy (Dohenys)
|2013 Captains||Team Captain –
Mark Reen (Rathmore)Vice Captain –
Kieran Murphy (Kilcummin)
|Team Captain –
Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven)
|2012 Championship Performance||Defeated Tipperary and Waterford to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Cork by 2-12 to 1-14 in the final after extra time.||Defeated Clare in the Munster Semi-Final before winning the Munster Final v Kerry. Lost to Dublin by 3-11 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles||25||23|
|Last Munster Under 21 Football Title||2008||2012|
|Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 28
Won – 15
Lost – 11
Drawn – 2
|Played – 28
Won – 22
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship||2012 Munster Final at Austin Stack Park Tralee
Cork 2-12 Kerry 1-14 (after extra time)
Goals by Donal Og Hodnett & Luke Connolly for Cork helped them to a one point victory.
|What happened 3 years ago?
2010 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up
|Defeated Tipperary and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final where they lost to Cork by 1-8 to 1-7 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Lost to Tyrone by 2-12 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.||Defeated Clare and Tipperary to qualify for the Munster final where they defeated Kerry. Defeated Armagh and Galway to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-12.|
2012 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results
Wednesday March 13rd
@ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork v Kerry @ 7:30pm
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Waterford @ 7:30pm
Wednesday March 27th
@ Limerick or Kerry venue Limerick v Cork or Kerry @ 7:30pm
@ Tipperary or Clare venue Clare v Tipperary or Waterford @ 7:30pm
Wednesday April 10th
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Roll of Honour
Kerry (25) – 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008
Cork (23) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
Limerick (1) – 2000
Waterford (1) – 2003
Tipperary (1) – 2010
Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information
- Attendances for the Munster Under 21 Football Championship have grown by 150% in the period 2007 through to 2012.
- All matches in this competition are being played under lights on Wednesday nights for the third consecutive year.
- For the record Cork and Kerry have both appeared in 37 finals (Kerry’s total includes 2 replays); Tipperary and Clare in 10 finals; Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals
- Kerry have won 2 of the last 13 Munster Under 21 Football Championships, winning 15 of their 28 matches in that period.
- Though Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have won this competition in this millennium, the combined record of the so called four weaker counties since 2000 is played 78, won 28, lost 49 and drawn 3 – a winning percentage of 36%.
- Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.
- Waterford lifted the title for the only time in 2003 when they overcame Cork in the semi-final and Kerry in the final on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. The victorious Waterford team was – David Hickey, Michael Crotty, Ger Hayes, John O’Reilly, Niall Hennessy (Captain), Edmond Rockett, John Hurney, Sean Dempsey, Michael Walsh, Liam Ó Lonáin, Mark Power, Tony Whelan, Bob Costello, Shane Walsh, Billy Harty
Munster Under 21 Football Cup
Corn na Cásca presented by the Football Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.
All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship
In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008
Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards
Former Cadbury Hero of the Future Award Winners:
- 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo
- 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork
- 2008: Killian Young from Kerry
- 2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork
- 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin
- 2011: Thomas Flynn from Galway
- 2012: Ciaran Kilkenny from Dublin