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Munster Junior Football Final – Cork 0-10 Kerry 1-5

July 6, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cork edge Kerry to lift 28th title

Cork 0-10 Kerry 1-5

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 07, 2011

CORK edged out Kerry by two points to claim their 28th Munster JFC crown in a lacklustre decider played last night in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Before an attendance of 949, Cork’s superiority came to the fore and in truth the scoreboard at the final whistle concealed their dominance, an injury-time goal by Kerry midfielder Andrew Garnett putting a gloss on the scoreboard. Cork boss Niall Kelleher was satisfied with his charges display: “I thought it was a good performance. Okay we didn’t get as much room as we got against Clare or Waterford but that’s what happens. We were playing a county with plenty football class and pride, so it was nice to bring off a victory. It was important for the lads.”

Cork utilised the strong wind in the first half with Andrew O’Brien offering a focal point for their attacking efforts at full-forward while alongside him U21 attacker Kevin Hallissey looked bright and sharp throughout upon his return. By the close of the opening quarter Cork enjoyed a 0-4 to 0-0 advantage. O’Brien curled over the first score after a fine pass by centre-back Richard O’Sullivan, Hallissey then tapped over a free, midfielder Daniel O’Donovan whipped over a super point from distance and Hallissey rounded off the scoring spree with a fine score. Kerry’s forwards did not enjoy such good fortune in their attacking endeavours. The wind resulted in wing-forwards Mike Murphy and James Walsh coming deep in their attempts to source good quality possession and get things moving up front for Kerry. They had to rely on converted frees from Gavin O’Grady and Alan Fitzgerald as their only scores of the first-half.

Cork’s defence was in excellent form. They choked the supply from deep into the Kerry inside attackers and any possession that did approach the goal was dealt with by the Cork rearguard. Corner-backs Enda Wiseman, a veteran of this grade who drew on his experience well, and Kevin Harrington were hugely disciplined in their defending while full-back Eoin O’Mahony demonstrated why he is on the fringes of the county senior squad with a superb showing. Cork led 0-6 to 0-2 at the break but were forced to soak up early pressure in the second-half.

Eamonn Hickson and Brian McGuire drove them on from deep while Walsh, who is still eligible for the Kerry U21 ranks for the next two years, was very impressive in the half-forward line. He launched over a brilliant point in the 35th point and that was quickly followed by another beauty by Brian Costello. That trimmed the margin to two points but Cork increased the tempo once more with Mark Cronin, Brian Coughlan, Hallissey and O’Donovan all clipping over points to stretch their advantage. Walsh grabbed one back for Kerry and Garnett fired in that late goal but Cork, with Richard and Andrew O’Sullivan both prominent in the second-half, held on for victory. Next up for Cork is an All-Ireland semi-final tilt against Sligo in August.

“It’s Sligo we’ve got to get ready for now”, remarked Kelleher. “They won the All-Ireland last year so they’ll obviously be tough to play against having won Connacht again this year. But that’s the challenge we now face in the All-Ireland semi-final.”

Scorers for Cork: K Hallissey 0-4 (0-1f), B Coughlan (0-1f), D O’Donovan 0-2 each, M Cronin (0-1f), A O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: A Garnett 1-0, J Walsh 0-2, G O’Grady (0-1f), A Fitzgerald (0-1f), B Costello 0-1 each.

CORK: T O’Connor; E Wiseman, E O’Mahony, K Harrington; S Kiely, R O’Sullivan, AJ O’Connor; D O’Donovan, A O’Sullivan; M Dilworth, C Keane, B Coughlan; K Hallissey, A O’Brien, T Clancy. Subs: M Cronin for Dilworth (42), L Shorten for Clancy (50).

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; C O’Mahony, S Brosnan, K O’Dwyer; E Hickson, B McGuire, P Kilkenny; B Costello, A Garnett; G Sayers, M Murphy, J Walsh; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald. Subs: D O’Callaghan for Sayers (39), F Courtney for O’Grady (50), M Coakley for Murphy (50).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Next Round – the winners play the Connacht Champions on August 6th.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Cork tomorrow night, in Paric Uí Chaoimh, at 7.30pm in The Munster Final has been announced and is as follows:

1. Séan Óg Ó Ciardubháin Cordal

2. Kevin O’Dwyer Waterville

3. Shane Brosnan Kerins O’Rahillys

4. Colin O’Mahony Ballydonoghue

5. Eamon Hickson Annascaul

6. Brian McGuire Listowel Emmetts

7. James Walsh Knocknagoshel

8. Brian Costello John Mitchels

9. Andrew Garnett Spa

10. Gary Sayers Keel

11. Michael Murphy Gneeveguilla (Capt)

12. Paul Kennelly Ballydonoghue

13. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh/Glencar

14. Brendan Poff St. Pats

15. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

16. Paul O’Sullivan Churchill

17. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

18. Mike Coakley Scartaglen

19. Tom McGoldrick Brosna

20. Kieran O’Connor Listowel Emmets

21. Francis Courtney Beaufort

22. Padraig O’Connor Gneeveguilla

23. David O’Callaghan St. Pats

24. Gary O’Driscoll Skellig Rangers

Trainer: Kerry O’Sullivan, Currow

Selectors: Tim Dennehy, Castlegregory, Pat Brosnan, Brosna

The Cork Junior Football team to play Kerry in the Munster Final on Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will line out as follows:

1. Tom O’Connor


2. Enda Wiseman 3. Eoin O’Mahony 4. Kevin Harrington

Castletownbere Macroom Bantry Blues

5. Seán Kiely 6. Richard O’Sullivan 7. A.J. O’Connor

Macroom Kinsale Kiskeam

8. Daniel O’Donovan 9. Andrew O’Sullivan

Bishopstown Castletownbere

10. Matthew Dilworth 11. Cathrach Keane 12. Brian Coughlan

Knocknagree Newcestown Kinsale

13. Kevin Hallissey 14. Andrew O’Brien 15. Tom Clancy

Éire Óg Kildorrery Fermoy

Captain: Cathrach Keane


16. Sean Murphy Lyre

17. Pat Gayer Castlemagner

18. Rory Buckley Macroom

19. Peter Daly St Mary’s

20. Jamie Wall Kilbrittain

21. Murt Kelleher Whitechurch

22. Mark Cronin Gabriel Rangers

23. Hurl Dockery Mallow

24. Liam Shorten Ballingeary

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2011 Team Management Niall Kelleher (Millstreet – Coach), Seán Bowens (Castlemartyr), Michael Lyons (Araglen), Paul McCarthy (Kinsale), Tim O’Sullivan (Macroom) Kerry O’Sullivan (Trainer – Currow),
Tim Dennehy (Castlegregory), Pat Brosnan (Brosna)
2011 Team Captain Seamus O Sullivan (Dromtariffe) Mike Murphy
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Kerry by 1-12 to 0-9 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Tipperary, Cork and Limerick to win the Munster Junior Football title. Lost to Sligo in the All-Ireland Final.
Number of Munster Junior Football titles 27 39
Last Munster Junior Football Title 2009 2010
Munster Junior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 25
Won – 18
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Played – 25
Won – 19
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Junior Football Championship June 6th 2010 – Kerry 1-12 Cork 0-9 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Semi-Final) – a goal by Aodhán MacGearailt with 10 minutes left secured Kerry’s place in the 2010 Final.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship 2011


Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6

Saturday June 4th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Kerry 1-19 Limerick 0-6

Sunday June 5th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Cork 3-16 Waterford 1-8


Wednesday July 6th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Kerry v Cork 7:30pm

2011 Munster Junior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire; E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh; A Garnett, B Costello; G Sayers, M Murphy, JB Spillane; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.
Subs: F Courtney for B Costello (48); M Brennan for A Greaney (48); T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald (53); P Kennelly for G O’Grady (53); P Kilkenny for J Walsh (57).

Tipperary: J English; D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely; D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan; D Heffernan, E Kendrick; B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan; J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan (24); T Hanley for D Heffernan (40); G Quinn for M O’Sullivan (50); S O’Connor for D Butler (50); A Hannigan for B Hewitt (57).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: T. O’Connor; R. Buckley, O. O’Mahony, K. Harrington; S. Kiely, R. O’Sullivan, B. Daly; A. O’Sullivan, S. O’Sullivan; D. O’Donovan, K. O’Driscoll, C. O’Driscoll; M. Cronin, A. O’Brien, C. Keane.
Subs: AJ O’Connor for Daly (45); T. Clancy for S. O’Sullivan (50); M. Dilworth, for O’Donovan (55); P. Gayer for R. O’Sullivan (55); B. Coughlan for A. O’Sullivan (55).

Clare: T. Burke; C. Marrinan, D. Hickey, Dean Ryan; S. Tierney, P. O’Connor, C. O’Brien; T. Ryan, S. Crotty; E. Lyons, S. Collins, P. Clancy; P. McMahon, David Ryan, M. McCarthy.
Subs: M. O’Loughlin for Merrinan (ht); P. Collins for E. Lyons (ht); G. Lyons for C. O’Brien (ht); m. Malone for D. Ryan (35); A. Considine for S. Crotty (50).

Referee: Brian Tyrell (Tipperary)

Kerry 1-19 Limerick 0-6 – June 4th @ the Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

Kerry: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, C O’Mahony; E Hickson, B Costello, J Walsh; M Coakley, A Garnett; G Sayers, M Murphy, M Brennan; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.
Subs: P Kennelly for M Brennan (45); F Courtney for M Murphy (51); T McGoldrick for G O’Grady (54); P O’Connor for J Walsh (54); K O’Connor for C O’Mahony (54).

Limerick: C Wallace, M Fitzgerald, A O’Sullivan, D Finnerty; C Ryan, P Martin, E Mulcahy; E Horan, P Horan; B O’Sullivan, J Bourke, T Scanlon; R Lynch, G Noonan, T Collins.
Subs: M McMahon for E Horan (ht); T Butler for D Finnerty (ht); D Kelly for B O’Sullivan (ht); D Lambe for P Horan (45); B Shannon for T Collins (52).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Cork 3-16 Waterford 1-8 – June 5th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)

Cork: T O’Connor; R Buckley, O O’Mahony, K Harrington; S Kiely, R O’Sullivan, AJ O’Connor; S O’Sullivan, A O’Sullivan; D O’Donovan, K O’Driscoll, B Coughlan; M Cronin, A O’Brien, C Keane.
Subs: E Wiseman for Buckley (36), T Clancy for O’Donovan (47), M Dilworth for Coughlan (60).

Waterford: G Kelly; M Crotty, M Supple, M Prendergast; A O’Loughlin, E Rockett, T Costello; P Lynch, D Kirwan; D Guiry, E Hogan, C Guiry; J Wall, E Walsh, M Moore.
Subs: S Aherne for Kirwan (ht), T Kirwan for Wall (39), L Hayes for Crotty (43), S Lannon for (44), T Ó hUallacháín for O’Loughlin (58).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Junior Football Championship

Alan Fitzgerald (Kerry) – 2-12 (0-8 frees, 1-0 penalty, 0-1 ‘45)

Cathrach Keane (Cork) – 2-4
Gary Sayers (Kerry) – 0-7
Tom Clancy (Cork) – 2-0
Kevin O’Driscoll (Cork) – 1-3
Gavin O’Grady (Kerry) – 1-3 (0-2 frees)
Alan Moloney (Tipperary) – 1-3 (0-2 frees)

Mark McCarthy (Clare) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)
Andrew O’Brien (Cork) – 0-4
Colm O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Mark Cronin (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Brendan Poff (Kerry) – 0-4
Eoghan Walsh (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Edmond Hogan (Waterford) – 1-1,
Brian Coughlan (Cork) – 0-3
Gavin Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-3
Garrett Noonan (Limerick) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Daniel O’Donovan (Cork) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Seamus O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-2
Andrew Garnett (Kerry) – 0-2
J Wall (Waterford) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)

Kevin Harrington (Cork), Andrew O’Sullivan (Cork), Paul Kennelly (Kerry), Michael Brennan (Kerry), Donnagh Kelly (Limerick), John Bourke (Limerick), Tom Collins (Limerick), P. McMahon (Clare), Eamon Hickson (Kerry), JB Spillane (Kerry), James Walsh (Kerry), Brian Costello (Kerry), B Maguire (Kerry), J Egan (Tipperary), David Butler (Tipperary), Craig Guiry (Waterford) 0-1 each

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (39) – 1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (27) – 1911, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (7) – 1910, 1912, 1923, 1935, 1937, 1952, 1998

Limerick (4) – 1916, 1929, 1939, 1950

Waterford (3) – 1948, 1999, 2004

Clare (1) – 1925

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1910 –

Munster Junior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1957

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship

34 of the 80 All-Ireland titles contested in this grade have been won by 4 Munster counties. In the Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork and Kerry lead the way with 15 and 14 titles respectively. Tipperary have won 3 All-Ireland’s while Waterford’s 2 titles came in 1999 and 2004.  23 counties in total have won an All-Ireland Junior Football title.


July 6, 2011
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