Kerry defeated Cork by 2-16 to 0-6 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Final on Wednesday March 29th at Pairc Ui Rinn.
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Kerry cruise to EirGrid Munster U21 Final win
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)
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2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Final
Wednesday March 29th 2017 @ 7:30pm
Cork v Kerry
Venue: Pairc Ui Rinn
Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)
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The Cork U21 Football team for next Wednesday's EirGrid Munster U21 Football Championship Final has been announced.https://t.co/HXSJUvxPx9
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The Cork team to play Kerry in the EirGrid Munster U21Football Championship Final next Wednesday 29th March @ 7.30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn has been announced as follows.
1) Ross Donovan – Nemo Rangers
2) Sean Daly – Dohenys
3) John Mullins – Eire og
4) Sean Wilson – Douglas
5) Jerry O’Riordan – Carbery Rangers
6) Aidan Browne – Newmarket
7) Cian Kiely – Ballincollig
8) Kevin Flahive – Douglas
9) Eoin Lavers – Dohenys
10) Brian Coakley – Carrigaline
11) Sean Powter – Douglas
12) Sean O’Donoghue – Inniscarra (Captain)
13) Gary Murphy – Castletownbere
14) Stephen Sherlock – St Finbarrs
15) Michael Hurley – Castlehaven
16) Chris Kelly- Eire Og
17) Kevin O’ Donovan – Nemo Rangers
18) Daniel Meaney – St Michaels
19) Liam O’ Donovan – Clonakilty
20) Sean O’ Leary – Bantry Biues
21) Mark Buckley – Dohenys
22) Sean O’ Donovan – Ilen Rovers
23) Tim Foley – Bantry Blues
24) Michael Dineen – Naomh Aban
Kerry U21 Team Announcement for Wednesday's Munster Championship Final vs Cork. https://t.co/EfGnW8ERFu
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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
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
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.
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