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Cadbury Munster U21 Football Q-Final – Cork 0-18 Kerry 2-8

March 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cork defeated Kerry by 0-18 by 2-8  in the Cadbury Munster GAA Football Under 21 Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 12th at Austin Stack Park Tralee. Played on a crisp, cold evening under the bright lights of Austin Stack Park, this was a close and entertaining game for long periods. Cork raced in to a 0-3 to 0-1 lead early on before Kerry hit back with a 16th minute goal by Gary O’Leary to take a 1-3 to 0-4 lead. Cork levelled the game with the next two points but were dealt another set-back with the concession of a penalty in the 25th minute. Kerry’s James Crean duly obliged to kick the ball to the net and this score helped Kerry to a 2-4 to 0-7 interval lead.

Click to view photos from the game – courtesy of Tom O’Donoghue

Cork started the second half strongly with the first three points to level the game. Although Kerry recovered to score the next two points but Cork’s play overall was improving and by the end of the third quarter, the scores were tied again with all to play for – 2-6 to 0-12. The next score was going to prove crucial and Cork can thank their goalkeeper Michael Martin for a full length save from Cillian Fitzgerald in the 46th minute when a goal would have been decisive. That next score did eventually come the way of Cork and this gave them the springboard to outscore Kerry by 0-6 to 0-2 in the final 10 minutes and run out deserving four point winners in front of an attendance of 3,404.

Cork will now go on to play Limerick in the Munster semi-final on Wednesday next March 19th at 7:30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Post-Match Reaction from both camps

Scorers for Cork: A Cadogan (0-5); D MacEoin (0-5, 0-1 free); S Kiely (0-3); M Sugrue (0-2); J Corkery, K Kavanagh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: J Crean (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); G O’Leary (1-0); T Hickey (0-3, 0-1 frees); C Keating (0-2).

Cork: M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), C Dorman (Bishopstown), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), K Crowley (Millstreet); D Murphy (Valley Rovers), I McGuire (St Finbarr’s); M Sugrue (Bandon), C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers), S Kiely (Ballincollig); D Mac Eoin (Illen Rovers), D Harrington (Adrigole), A Cadogan (Douglas).

Subs: K Kavanagh for Murphy (HT), C McIntrye for O’Sullivan (HT), J Corkery for Harrington (36), K Fulignati for O’Driscoll (47).

KERRY: S Murphy (Kilcummin); N Breen (Beaufort), G Crowley (Templenoe), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets); P Ó Conchúir (Dingle), P Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), T Morley (Templenoe); K Murphy (Kilcummin), S Keane (Legion); G Horan (Austin Stacks), G O’Leary (Kilcummin), A Spillane (Templenoe); T Hickey (Desmonds), J Crean (Annascaul), C Keating (Skellig Rangers).

Subs: D Daly for Horan (40 mins), C Keane for O’Leary (47), C Fitzgerald for A Spillane (50), J O’Donoghue for Crean (54), C Jordan for Morley (60).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary).

Round-up by Ed Donnelly

Click here to view a report by Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper


Fixture Details

When – Wednesday March 12th at 7:30pm

Where – Austin Stack Park Tralee

Referee – Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)
Standby Referee – Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Linesman – David Grogan (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Umpires – Tommy Lonergan, Nicky Coughlan, Peter Moore, Keith Robinson (Tipperary)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday March 15th in Cork venue

Next Round – the winners play Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final on Wednesday March 19th at Pairc Ui Rinn or Austin Stack Park Tralee

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Supporters can purchase €10 tickets in advance from Centra & Supervalu outlets

Match Preview

Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Quarter-Final – Kerry v Cork

The Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Championship gets off to a cracking start on Wednesday night with the clash of old-firm rivals Cork and Kerry in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Cork come in to the game having won the last three provincial titles in this grade and with a sprinkling of players who have provincial Minor or Under 21 medals in the pocket. Kerry have not fared as well at underage level in recent years, winning the Munster Under 21 Football title on just one occasion since 2002.

Kerry’s underage record did show signs of improvement last year, securing the Munster Minor Football title and a number of those players have graduated to the Under 21 ranks. Fitzgerald Stadium has proved to be a fortress for Kerry Senior teams over the last 20 years and while Kerry have lost to Cork on home soil in the Under 21 grade twice in the last ten years, on both occasions it has been by a single point. The last meeting of the counties at this grade in Tralee resulted in a one point victory for Cork after extra time in the 2012 Final. Cork’s other success in recent times away to Kerry in Under 21 Football was their 0-13 to 0-12 win in 2004. The counties also drew in Killarney in 2006 by 0-10 to 0-10.

In more recent times, when the counties met in last year’s Under 21 Quarter-Final, Cork dominated for long periods restricting Kerry to no point from play over the first three-quarters of the game. In spite of that statistic, a late fightback by Kerry nearly earned a draw with Cork winning by 0-14 to 2-7 after an exciting finish. In the 2013 Minor Quarter-Final, the teams fought out an exciting 2-13 to 2-13 draw after extra time in Pairc Ui Rinn before Cork went on to win the replay by 3-6 to 0-10 in Tralee. Cork bowed out in the semi-final to Tipperary while Kerry regrouped to win back the Munster Minor Football crown after a gap of four years.

Looking ahead to the 2014 panels and Cork manager Sean Hayes can call upon six of the starting team which narrowly lost out to Galway in last year’s All-Ireland Final. Brian O’Driscoll, Seán Kiely, Ian Maguire, Mark Sugrue and Dan MacEoin, along with Cathal Vaughan who came on as a sub in that game are the players Cork will look to provide the required experience. Another player involved last year is this year’s captain Conor Dorman who has had a busy year thus far, scoring the winning point as UCC captured the Sigerson Cup in Belfast last month.

On the other side, Kerry manager Dara O Sé has named four of the team which lost out to Cork at this stage of the competition last year, namely Shane Murphy, Padraig Ó Sé, Tadhg Morley and Shaun Keane. Kerry also call on the services of two players from their 2013 Munster Minor winning team in Padraig Ó Conchúir and Greg Horan.

Given the week that’s in it as Cheltenham gets underway, predicting a winner here will be equally as difficult as any of the races across the water. Cork have the experience of winning at this grade while Kerry will look to make home advantage count and qualify for the next round where Limerick await the winners on March 19th. Keith O’Brien of Tipperary will be the referee with admission prices being €10 for adults, €5 for student and OAP’s while as with all games in this competition, all Under 16s are free. Best wishes to everyone involved teams for what promises to be an exciting encounter keeping in the tradition of the Cork and Kerry rivalry.

Preview by Ed Donnelly

Team News


The Cork U21 Football team to play Kerry in the Cadbury Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday, March 12th at 7.30pm in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, will line out as follows:

1. Michael Martin (Nemo Rangers)

2. Jamie Davis (Douglas

3. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown – Captain)

4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

5. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

6. Seán White (Clonakilty)

7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

8. Darragh Murphy (Valley Rovers)

9. Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s)

10. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)

11. Cian O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers)

12. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)

13. Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers)

14. David Harrington (Adrigole)

15. Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary)


16. James Mc Donnell (St. Finbarr’s)

17. Sam Ryan (St. Finbarr’s)

18. Kevin Fulignati (Nemo Rangers)

19. Kieran Histon (Cobh)

20. Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline)

21. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)

22. Cillian McIntyre (Carrigaline)

23. John Corkery ( Aghabullogue)

24. Cillian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig)

Six of the starting fifteen from last year’s All-Ireland U21 Final defeat to Galway are named to start against Kerry on Wednesday night: Captain Conor Dorman, Brian O’Driscoll, Seán Kiely, Ian Maguire, Mark Sugrue and Dan MacEoin, along with Cathal Vaughan who came on as a sub in that game. TJ Brosnan, who also made an appearance in last year’s final, is not considered due to injury (broken jaw), while Alan Cadogan, who has featured for the Cork Senior hurlers in this year’s Allianz League, is named in the substitutes. Dorman, O’Driscoll, Vaughan and Kevin Crowley have also tasted Allianz Football League action this year.

Additional Panel Members

TJ Brosnan (Newmarket) – injured

Dylan Quinn (St. Finbarr’s) – injured

Sam Oakes ( Bishopstown) – injured

Paddy Rossiter (O’Donovan Rossa)

Anthony Casey ( Kiskeam)

Alan O’Connor (St. Finbarr’s)

Tomás O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

Killian O’Connor (Mallow)

Kevin Davis (O’Donovan Rossa)

Conor Horgan (Nemo Rangers)

John Leahy (Clonakilty)

Mark Quinn ( Dohenys)

Management: Seán Hayes (Nemo Rangers – Manager), Gene O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh – Coach), Seán Bownes (Castlemartyr), Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown), Niall Kelleher (Millstreet)

Kerry Under 21 Team v Cork

The Kerry Under 21 Team to play Cork in the Cadburys Munster Under 21 Quarter Final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Wednesday has been named. The team includes four of the side beaten by Cork at the same stage last year – Shane Murphy, Padraig Ó Sé, Tadhg Morley and Shaun Keane – while Kieran Murphy was introduced as a sub during that game. Both Padraig Ó Conchúir and Greg Horan played with Kerry Minors last year. There are three sets of brothers involved – the Keanes from Killarney Legion, the Crowleys from Templenoe and the Murphys from Kilcummin.

Nathan Breen of Beaufort, the only representative on the panel from County Champions Mid Kerry, captains the side.

The team is as follows:

1. Shane Murphy Kilcummin

2. Nathan Breen (Capt) Beaufort

3. Gavin Crowley Templenoe

4. Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets

5. Padraigh Ó Conchúir Dingle

6. Padraigh Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

7. Tadhg Morley Templenoe

8. Kieran Murphy Kilcummin

9. Shaun Keane Killarney Legion

10. Greg Horan Austin Stacks

11. Gary O’Leary Kilcummin

12. Adrian Spillane Templenoe

13. Thomas Hickey Desmonds

14. James Crean Annascaul

15. Ciarán Keating Skellig Rangers


16. Gavin Curran Dingle

17. Conor Jordan Austin Stacks

18. Jeff O’Donoghue Glenflesk

19. Niall Sheehy John Mitchels

20. Conor Keane Killarney Legion

21. Denis Daly St Marys

22. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys

23. Cillian Fitzgerald Churchill

24. Sean T. Dillon St Senans

Additional Panel Members

25. Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht

26. Michael O’Connor Derrynane

27. Jack Barry Na Gaeil

28. Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht

29. David Foran St Senans

30. Gavin O’Shea Dr Crokes

31. Brian Crowley Templenoe

For the Record



2014 Team Management

Bainisteoir – Darragh Ó Sé
(An Ghaeltacht)

Treanalaí – Ciarán McCabe

Roghnoirí – Harry O’Neill (Dr Crokes), John Shanahan  (Valentia), Noel Kennelly  (Listowel Emmets)

Logistics & Kit –
Cathal Ó Dúbhda and
Tomás Ó Muirceartaigh

Manager – Seán Hayes
(Nemo Rangers)

Coach – Gene O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

Selectors –

Sean Bownes (Castlemartyr), Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown),
Niall Kelleher (Millstreet)

2014 Captain


Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)

2013 Championship Performance

Lost to Cork by 0-14 to 2-7 in the Munster Quarter-Final played at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Defeated Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary to win the Munster Final before losing to Galway in the All-Ireland Final.

Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles



Last Munster Under 21 Football Title



Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 29
Won – 15
Lost – 12
Drawn – 2
Played – 31
Won – 25
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship 2013 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork 0-14 Kerry 2-7
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What happened 3 years ago?2011 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up Defeated Waterford in the first round before losing to Tipperary by 2-12 to 3-8 in the Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles. Defeated Clare on two occasions before losing to Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-9 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

2013 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 12th  


@ Austin Stack Park Tralee                Cork v Kerry

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                 Tipperary v Waterford


Wednesday March 19th  

 @ Pairc Ui Rinn

or Austin Stack Park Tralee                Limerick v Cork or Kerry

@ Milltown Malbay                                   Clare v Tipperary or Waterford


Wednesday April 9th 

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 (24) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2000

Waterford (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2010

Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information

  • Cork are going for their fourth Munster Under 21 Football title in a row. The last such sequence of victories for Cork came from 2004 to 2007 when they won four titles on the trot – each of them against different opposition in the final (Kerry, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary). Cork have also won 3 or more Munster titles in a row in this competition from 1969-1971, 1979-1981, 1984-1986.
  • At the turn of the millennium, only Cork and Kerry had won Munster Under 21 Football titles with Kerry out in front in the roll of honour by 23 titles to 15. Since then, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have captured 1 title each while Cork have dominated to the extent that a victory in the 2014 Munster Under 21 Football Championship will see the Rebel County draw level on the roll of honour with Kerry for the first time since the 1970’s.
  • Kerry won five Munster Under 21 Football titles in a row from 1995 to 1999, winning the All-Ireland in three of those five years – 1995, 1996 and 1998.
  • Gene O’Driscoll (Cork coach) is the father of the three O’Driscoll brothers who are on the Cork Senior panel, including Under 21 player Brian.
  • Last meeting – 2013 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Rinn

Cork 0-14 Kerry 2-7

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: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

  • 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 86, won 30, lost 53 and drawn 3 – a winning percentage of 37%.

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
  • 2013: Ian Burke from Galway



March 12, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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