Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-21 to 0-3 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Clare crushed as Kerry dominate Munster MFC final

Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry cruised to a fifth consecutive Munster MFC title with this 24-point hammering of Clare this afternoon.

Thirteen points separated the teams when they met back in April but this was a far more one-sided contest, with Kerry landing 2-3 in second-half stoppages.

The first-round meeting between these two sides was over after 10 minutes and while Clare lasted a little longer on this occasion, there didn’t look to be any road back for them at half-time as they trailed by 0-10 to 0-2.

David Clifford, who operated from full-forward, proved far too much for Clare full-back Jayme O’Sullivan and, indeed, the entire Banner defence. He finished the half with six points from play. Mind you, his tally could have been in double-digits as he kicked four first-half wides.

The Kingdom raced 0-4 to 0-1 clear by the eighth minute but were let down thereafter by a number of wides. They wouldn’t score again until the 22nd minute. From there to the break, they hit six to Clare’s one.

Diarmuid Ryan and Dermot Coughlan (free) registered Clare’s only two points in the opening period. Coughlan’s free arrived in the 27th minute and they did not add to their tally until Coughlan kicked a second free on 59 minutes.

The second half was a glorified procession. Donal O’Sullivan and David Clifford both swelled their personal tallies before the late avalanche of scores heaped further misery on Clare.

Scorers for Kerry: Donal O’Sullivan (2-8, 0-3 frees); D Clifford (0-6); Donnchadh O’Sullivan, F Clifford (0-2 each); B Mahony, B Friel J Griffin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: D Coughlan (0-2, 0-2 frees); D Ryan (0-1).

Kerry: D Uosis (Dingle); S O’Leary (Kilcummin), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), C Gammell (Legion); M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Horan (Scartaglen), N Donohue (Firies); B Mahony (St Senan’s), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); A Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds), B Friel (Rathmore), F Clifford (Laune Rangers); Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies), D Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan)
Subs: J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for Friel (44); M O’Leary (Renard) for Gammell (48); P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for D Clifford (49); C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (52); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil) for Donohue (52); D Casey (Austin Stacks) for O’Leary (55).

Clare: M Lillis (Cooraclare); J Sheedy (St Breckan’s), J O’Sullivan (Wolfe Tones), J Miniter (Kilrush); S Rouine (Ennistymon), F Donnellan (Cooraclare), C McNeilis (Clondegad); D Ryan (Cratloe), K White (Inagh Kilnamona); R Phelan (Kilrush), D Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane), R O’Doherty (Ennistymon); G Cahill (Corofin), G Cooney (Éire Óg), R Considine (Cratloe).
Subs: C O’Donoghue (Cooraclare) for Considine (HT): D Griffin (Éire Óg) for White (41); C O’Brien (St Breckan’s) for Cahill (43); C McMahon (Cratloe) for Phelan (45); A Reynolds (Killimer) for Cooney (50); S Casey (Kildysart) for Rouine (52).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork).


Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-23 to 0-15 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.



Munster SFC Final: Kerry outclass Cork

KERRY 1-23 CORK 0-15

Report By Paul Brennan for GAA.ie

At least the Cork crowd got seasonal weather in Killarney. That’s about as much as they can take from their near annual pilgrimage to Kerry’s tourism capital, but just what their footballers will take from the visit is quite another matter. The search for answers on Leeside continues.

In Kerry they have all the answers. At least with respect to the Munster Championship as the Kingdom hoovered up a fifth successive provincial title, wiping the floor with Cork in the process.

If Kerry felt they needed to put down a performance to match Dublin’s annihilation of Westmeath a week earlier then they came close. And that’s granting that Cork are marginally better than Westmeath.

Just what Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his players will have gleaned from another thumping of Cork is anyone’s guess but one thing is certain: the age-old Kerry-Cork rivalry is dead and gone for now. Just under 32,000 spectators came more in hope than expectation of a contest but got nothing close to that.

It took 12 seconds for Paul Geaney to get Kerry off the mark, David Moran doing the approach work from the throw-in. A minute later Geaney turned provider for his cousin Mikey, and a minute on again full back Mark Griffin raided forward to tee up James O’Donoghue for his first of the day. A long afternoon beckoned for Cork.

Cork were 0-6 to 0-1 down by the tenth minute there was little evidence of a insurgency by the Rebels. In the 12th minute Ian Maguire broke the Kerry cover and bore in on goal but missed the sort of chance no Cork team can afford in Killarney.

Cork were six adrift, 0-8 to 0-2, after 18 minutes but points from Maguire, Niall Coakley (two frees) and Luke Connolly (free) kept them in contention, even if Kerry carried the greater threat, with Paul Geaney drawing a smart save from Ken O’Halloran from close range.

Tomas Clancy’s 36th minute point made it 0-10 to 0-7 but then a little sequence that summed up the day. Connolly tried a Hail Mary point from over 50 metres that was way off line, but there was just enough time left in the half for Kerry to work the ball upfield and find Paul Geaney who coolly worked the space and angle to score. Cork individualism versus the Kerry collective. Cork hit and hope against Kerry precision.

The first minutes of the second half would, understandably, be crucial for a Cork team still in contention on the scoreboard but just about hanging on everywhere else. Within three minutes Kerry had scored four points, through substitute Stephen O’Brien (2), David Moran and O’Donoghue, who tidied up after James Loughrey had initially blocked his goal-bound shot.

Cork had one chance to drag themselves back into the contest but after a surging run, Clancy smacked his shot into the side-netting and the Rebels were beaten.

Donncha O’Connor carried the late fight for Cork, scoring six points in the closing quarter, but Kerry underlined their dominance when Paul Geaney bundled the ball past O’Halloran for the game’s only goal, seconds after Cork defender Jamie O’Sullivan was dismissed for a black card foul.

A fifth Munster title for Kerry, then, and four weeks to prepare for an All-Ireland quarter-final where no one will fancy them. The same won’t be said for Cork who go into the Qualifier draw where everyone might fancy them.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-5 (0-1f), James O’Donoghue 0-7 (4f), Stephen O’Brien 0-3, Mikey Geaney 0-2 (1 ’45’), Shane Enright 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, David Moran 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kieran Donaghy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor 0-6 (4f), Mark Collins 0-2 (1f), Luke Connolly 0-2 (1f), Niall Coakley 0-2 (2f) Tomas Clancy 0-1, Ian Maguire 0-1, Paul Kerrigan 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly, Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy, David Moran, Anthony Maher, Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for D Walsh (ht), Johnny Buckley for K McCarthy (41 mins), Killian Young for F Fitzgerald (blood, 50 mins), Jack Barry for A Maher (59 mins), Barry John Keane for J O’Donoghue (63 mins), Darran O’Sullivan for K Donaghy (64 mins), Jonathan Lyne for M Geaney (65 mins).

CORK: Ken O’Halloran, James Loughrey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sean Powter, Tomas Clancy, Michael Shields, Kevin Crowley, Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire, Ruairi Deane, Mark Collins, Kevin O’Driscoll, Niall Coakley, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for N Coakley (ht), Alan O’Connor for R Deane (38 mins), Colm O’Driscoll for M Shields (41 mins), Michael Hurley for K O’Driscoll (45 mins), Eoin Cadogan for J O’Sullivan (b/c, 63 mins), Stephen Cronin for J Loughrey (inj, 63 mins).

Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)






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