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2021 AIB Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Final – Na Gaeil (Kerry) 6-15 Corofin (Clare) 1-12

January 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Na Gaeil (Kerry) defeated Corofin (Clare) by 6-15 to 1-12 in the 2021 AIB Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Final on Sunday January 16th at Mallow.


Match Highlights


Na Gaeil steamroll Corofin with third-quarter scoring burst in Munster Club IFC final

Report by Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

AIB Munster Club IFC final

Na Gaeil (Kerry) 6-15 Corofin (Clare) 1-12

Na Gaeil are moving in an upward trajectory. Two years after being crowned AIB Munster club junior football champions, the Tralee outfit returned to Mallow today and added the provincial intermediate trophy to their cabinet.

Having just led by three points at the interval, 2-4 to 0-7, the pre-match favourites upped the ante considerably in the second-half to run out 18-point winners.

In the third quarter, they outscored Corofin 3-8 to 0-1, and it was game over.

Judging on this high scoring performance Mark Bourke’s side will take beating going forward.

County players – brothers Andrew and Jack Barry, Stefan Okunbar and Diarmuid O’Connor just a few to stand out.

Corofin, who made one change with Ross Hayes replacing the injured Damian Ryan were competitive in the opening half but they had no answer to the Kerry surge thereafter.

It was a terrific start from Corofin with Jamie Malone pointing after just 26 seconds, and they pushed forward again with Gearóid Cahill landing a free.

It may have taken Na Gaeil all of five minutes to get going, but when they settled they opened with a blistering shot from Diarmuid O’Connor high to the roof of the net following excellent approach play by defender Andrew Barry. Darragh Carmody and captain Eoin Doody extended their advantage, 1-2 to 0-2 after 10 minutes.

Corofin were up for the challenge and registered the next two scores, a mark courtesy of Gearóid Cahill and a free by his brother Diarmuid. They had a great opportunity to regain the lead but Robin Mounsey’s shot flew across the face of the goal and wide. Dan Goggin’s white flag put Na Gaeil 1-3 to 0-4 up at the first water-break.

The Kerry champions pushed further ahead, and again it was Diarmuid O’Connor – a threat up front – who parted to Jack Bourke and he finished superbly.

Then Diarmuid O’Connor drew a foul and Darragh Carmody’s conversion left them two goals clear on 22 minutes, 2-4 to 0-4.

But Corofin took over, scoring the next three points – Jamie Malone was outstanding and contributed twice – and for their admirable efforts they received a huge reception from the supporters as they went to the dressing-room 2-4 to 0-7 in arrears.

Na Gaeil resumed with a number of switches, including Diarmuid O’Connor moving to midfield and Okunbar marking Malone. It didn’t take O’Connor long to make his mark as he was involved when Fergal Barry found Jack Sheehan and the 19-year-old netted a mere 45 seconds after the restart. A marvellous brace of points followed from Sheehan, the game suddenly turning Kerry’s way, 3-6 to 0-7.

It was all-Na Gaeil. Sheehan scored his second goal, and a couple of minutes later they were awarded a penalty for a foot block which Darragh Carmody converted.

By the second water-break, Na Gaeil were 5-12 to 0-8 to the good.

Darragh Carmody bagged Na Gaeil’s sixth goal two minutes from time. As the clock counted down, Damien O’Loughlin pulled a goal back for Corofin putting away a penalty following a foul on substitute Eoin Davoren.

Scorers for Na Gaeil: D Carmody (2-5, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), J Sheehan (2-2), J Bourke (1-1), D O’Connor (1-0), D Goggin (0-3), J O’Connor, J Barry, E Doody and D Reen (0-1 each).

Scorers for Corofin: G Cahill (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 m), J Malone (0-4), D O’Loughlin (1-0 pen), G Kelly (0-2), D Cahill (0-1 free).

NA GAEIL: D Burns; E O’Connor, N O’Mahony, D Bourke; F Barry, E Doody (Capt), A Barry; J Barry, S Okunbar; J O’Connor, D Goggin, J Sheehan; D Carmody, D O’Connor, J Bourke.
Subs: E O’Neill for E Doody (40), D Reen for D Goggin (45), K O’Donovan for A Barry (46), E Walsh for S Okunbar (50), G O’Connor for J O’Connor (57).

COROFIN: L Neylon; M O’Loughlin, C Mullins, J Rees; C Rice, D O’Loughlin, C McGroary; K Keane, F Clancy (Capt), R Hayes, D Cahill, G Kelly; R Mounsey, J Malone, G Cahill.
Subs: E Clancy for C McGroary (37), B Keane for M O’Loughlin (48), C Doolin for K Keane (50), S Malone for R Hayes (53), E Davoren for D Cahill (57).

Referee: Jonathan Hayes (Limerick).


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Match Programme

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Details

Date:
January 16
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Venue

Mallow GAA Complex

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