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EirGrid Munster U21 Football S-Final – Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-9

March 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cork defeated Kerry by 1-12 to 1-9 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 18th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Sean Hayes hails red hot Cork

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-09: Last September’s All-Ireland minor football final win, from which seven players featured yesterday evening, restored power to the Kingdom circuit lines and roused a large travelling contingent onto the N40 in expectation of a first Munster U21 championship win since 2012.

By 9pm, the county’s underage factory lay in darkness, another spring malfunction materialising. “The difference between this week and last week is phenomenal,” said Cork manager Sean Hayes. “We touched on that performance after that game, again on Thursday, Saturday, Monday and even again tonight. They ground out the result last week, they did the same here.”

Three frees from the right boot of Conor Keane moved Kerry 1-5 to 1-4 ahead directly upon the change of ends. On 36 minutes, a Kerry player was adjudged to have touched the ball on the floor. Free Cork. Sean O’Donoghue split the posts to achieve parity. Sean White, Peter Kelleher and Cathal Vaughan (free) swapped points with the ever-accurate Keane (three frees) – the Legion corner-forward assuming dead ball duties following Jack Savage’s black card on 15 minutes.

Kerry remaining in contention by virtue of Cork’s indiscipline. Indeed, had visiting goalkeeper Shane Ryan not produced a smart save to deny O’Donoghue entering the final quarter, this result would have been wrapped up well before the hour mark. In any event, Sean White and Conor Horgan kicked successive points on 48 and 50 minutes. It moved Cork 1-10 to 1-8 in front, the first time in the second-half that more than two points had separated the teams. Conor Keane missed a run-of-the-mill free turning the bend for home and further white flags from Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll secured Cork a fifth consecutive Munster final appearance.

The winners had returned to the dressing-room for the interval break 1-4 to 1-2 in front and Hayes’ charges must surely have been scratching their heads as to how they did not enjoy a more substantial lead. For when Kelleher intercepted Matthew Flaherty’s pass, teeing up Sean O’Donoghue for the contest’s opening goal, it crowned a spell of unstinting dominance from the home outfit. Seven minutes in and Cork’s lead stood at 1-2 to 0-0. And in truth, it could have been double that. Cathal Vaughan (’45) and Peter Kelleher supplied the two white flags, but both were guilty of missed chances.

Cork’s superiority continued, so too their rising wide count, Darragh Murphy and Brian O’Driscoll off target. On 12 minutes, a foul on Matthew Flaherty, carrying out the sweeper role for Darragh O Sé’s side, enabled Jack Savage open their account. Savage and Conor Keane both wasted scoreable opportunities subsequently, but the latter earned redemption on 19 minutes. Dara Roche’s delivery was poorly dealt with by Cork ‘keeper Michael Martin, Keane gathered and slotted the ball into the left corner of the net.

Keane supplied the equaliser on 25 minutes, scarcely believable in the overall context of play. By this juncture, though, Barry O’Sullivan and Ronan Murphy were making their presence felt around the middle for Darragh O Se’s side. Cork rallied and while further questions were asked, they were not to be found wanting.

Scorers for Cork: S O’Donoghue (1-1, 0-1 free); C Vaughan (0-4, 0-3 frees); P Kelleher, S White, C Horgan (0-2 each), B O’Driscoll (0-1).

Scorers for Kerry: C Keane (1-7, 0-6 frees); J Savage (0-1 free), B Crowley (0-1 each).

CORK: M Martin (Nemo Rangers); M McSweeney (Newcestown), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), T O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); K Crowley (Millstreet), S White (Clonakilty), J Davis (Douglas); P Kelleher (Kilmichael), D O’ Callaghan (Clyda Rovers); A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), D Murphy (Valley Rovers); C Vaughan (Iveleary), K Davis (O’Donovan Ross), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
Subs: D Quinn (St Finbarr’s) for Crowley (20 mins, inj), M Hurley (Castlehaven) for O’Callaghan (37), C Horgan (Nemo Rangers) for K Davis (47), C Kiely (Ballincollig) for McSweeney (55).

KERRY: S Ryan (Rathmore); C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys), G Crowley (Templenoe), B Ó Beaglaoich (Gaeltacht); R Murphy (Beaufort), D Daly (St Mary’s), C Ó Lúing (Gaeltacht); J Barry Na Gaeil), B O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Crowley (Templenoe), J Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys), M Burns (Dr Crokes); M Flaherty (Dingle), D Roche (Glenflesk), C Keane (Legion).
Subs: G Horan (Austin Stacks) for Savage (15 mins, bc), C Murphy (Rathmore) for Daly (50), K McCarthy (Kilcummin) for Burns (50), E Ó Conchuir for Crowley (55), L Carey (Beaufort) for Ó Conchuir (bc, 57).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Munster U21: Cork overpower Kerry in the end

EirGrid Munster U21 Football Championship Semi-Final: Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-9

Cork remain on course for an unprecedented fifth Munster U21FC title in a row after they came good late on to see off Kerry in tonight’s semi-final in Páirc Uí Rinn. In a game which ebbed and flowed, the second half provided more quality than a pedestrian first period and the lead changed hands as the sides enjoyed different periods of momentum.

A point from Kerry attacker Conor Keane – his sixth – tied matters at 1-8 each in the 48th minute but the visitors would only score once more as Cork found an extra gear. Centre-back Seán White scored an inspirational point, his second of the game, to put Cork ahead again and then sub Conor Horgan got on the scoresheet with practically his first touch.

While Keane responded with a Kerry free just after missing another, Cork were not to be denied and captain Brian O’Driscoll kicked a fine point before Horgan got his second. Cork began the game excellently, with points from Vaughan and Peter Kelleher getting them off to a good start before Seán O’Donoghue netted an eighth-minute goal, surging towards goal and finishing well after a break had fallen to him.

Kerry’s tactic of playing a sweeper wasn’t working as Cork played with seven forwards but slowly the Kingdom got on top at midfield. Jack Savage opened their account and though he was lost to a black card it didn’t unduly affect them. Keane scored a fine goal on 25 minutes after Cork goalkeeper Micheál Martin failed to deal with Dara Roche’s delivery and then the corner-forward levelled. Cork added two points in the closing stages through Vaughan, however, and they would have three to spare at the end.
Scorers for Cork: C Vaughan 0-4 (0-3f), S O’Donoghue 1-1 (0-1f), P Kelleher, S White, C Horgan 0-2 each, B O’Driscoll 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: C Keane 1-7 (0-6f), B Crowley, J Savage (0-1f) 0-1 each.

CORK: M Martin; M McSweeney, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; J Davis, S White, K Crowley; D O’Callaghan, D Murphy; K Davis, B O’Driscoll, A O’Donovan; C Vaughan, P Kelleher, S O’Donoghue. Subs: D Quinn for Crowley (21, injury), M Hurley for O’Callaghan (38), C Horgan for K Davis (48), C Kiely for McSweeney (56).

KERRY: S Ryan; C Coffey, G Crowley, B Ó Beaglaíoch; R Murphy, D Daly, C Ó Lúing; J Barry, B O’Sullivan; M Burns, J Savage, B Crowley; M Flaherty, D Roche, C Keane. Subs: G Horan for Savage (15, black card), K McCarthy for Burns, C Murphy for Daly (both 51), É Ó Conchúir for Crowley (56), L Carey for Ó Conchúir (57, black card).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Report: Denis Hurley for

Fixture Details


Cork v Kerry
Corcaigh v Ciarraí
Venue: Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork 7.30pm
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tiobraid Árann)
Extra time if necessary

Ticket Information

Adults: €10.00
Students/OAP’s: €5 tickets on the gate or receive a €5 concession on Adult €10 tickets bought at designated turnstile prior to entry.
Under 16s are free and not required to have a ticket to attend this game.

This fixture is unreserved. Tickets are available to purchase in advance at selected Centra & Supervalu stores.

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Team News

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Cadburys Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Semi Final in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening next contains just one of last year’s starting 15 against the same opposition (Gavin Crowley)as well as 6 of the successful Kerry Minor side from last year namely, Shane Ryan, Cormac Coffey, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns and Matthew Flaherty.

The team, captained by Gavin Crowley from Templenoe is as follows:
1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
2. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys)
3. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
4. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
5. Ronan Murphy (Beaufort)
6. Denis Daly (St Marys)
7. Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht)
8. Jack Barry Na Gaeil)
9. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle)
10. Brian Crowley (Templenoe)
11. Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys)
12. Micheal Burns (Dr Crokes)
13. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)
14. Dara Roche (Glenflesk)
15. Conor Keane (Killarney Legion)
Fir Ionaid
16. Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue)
17. Cathal Murphy (Rathmore)
18. Greg Horan (Austin Stacks)
19. Conor Jordan (Austin Stacks)
20. Gary O’Sullivan (Listry)
21. Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin)
22. Eanna Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht)
23. Donal Maher (Kilcummin)
24. Liam Carey (Beaufort)

Bainistíocht: Darragh Ó Sé (Bainisteoir), Seamus Moynihan, John Shanahan, Ciarán McCabe.
The following players are part of the extended Kerry training panel:
Adrian Spillane (Templenoe), Cillian Fitzgerald (Churchill), David Foran (St Senans), Killian Spillane (Templenoe), Niall Sheehy (John Mitchels), Padraig Ó Conchúir (Dingle), Sean T. Dillon (St Senans), Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle).

The Cork team lines out as follows –

1. Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers)

2. Michael Mc Sweeney (Newcestown)

3. Jamie Davis (Douglas)

4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

5. Tomas O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

6. Sean White (Clonakilty)

7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

8. Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)

9. Darragh Murphy (Valley Rovers)

10. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh) Capt.

11. Kevin Davis (O’Donovan Rossa)

12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)

13. Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary)

14. Peter Kelleher Kilmichael

15. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)


16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)

17. Dylan Quinn (St. Finbarr’s)

18. Kevin Cremin (Boherbue)

19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)

20. Dan O’Callaghan (Clyda Rovers)

21. Colm Hyde (Naomh Abán)

22. Conor Horgan (Nemo Rangers)

23. Cillian McIntyre (Carrigaline)

24. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)

Extended panel:

Ross O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), Niall Motherway (Dungourney), Michael Desmond (Cill Na Martra), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig), Anthony O’Connor (Knocknagree).

Not considered due to injury:

Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s), Sam Ryan (St. Finbarr’s), Kieran Histon (Cobh).


Seán Hayes (Nemo Rangers) Manager, Gene O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh) Coach, Sean Bownes, (Castlemartyr), Niall Kelleher, (Millstreet), Aidan Kelleher, (Clondrohid)

For the Record

  Kerry Cork
2015 Team Management Manager – Darragh Ó Sé
(An Ghaeltacht)

Selectors –

Ciarán McCabe (Trainer),

Seamus Moynihan

John Shanahan


Manager – Seán Hayes
(Nemo Rangers)

Coach – Gene O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

Selectors –

Sean Bownes (Castlemartyr), Niall Kelleher (Millstreet). Aidan Kelliher (Clondrohid).


2015 Captain Gavin Crowley



Brian O’Sullivan

(Tadhg MacCárthaigh)


2014 Championship Performance Lost to Cork by 0-18 to 2-8 in the Munster Quarter-Final played at Austin Stack Park. Defeated Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary to win the Munster Final before losing to Roscommon in the All-Ireland Semi-Final by 1-19 to 3-12.
Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles 25 25
Last Munster Under 21 Football Title 2008 2014
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 15
Lost – 13
Drawn – 2
Played – 35
Won – 29
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship 2014 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Cork 0-18 Kerry 2-8

See for match report.

What happened 3 years ago?

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up

Lost quarter-final to Tipperary before defeating Waterford, Limerick and Clare to reach Munster final where they lost to Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-14 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Defeated Limerick in the quarter-final before losing to Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-9 in the semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

2015 Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 11th  


@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Cork 5-8          Limerick 2-12

@ Miltown Malbay                              Clare 2-11       Waterford 0-3

Wednesday March 18th  


@ Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork                                                Cork v Kerry

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles                          Clare v Tipperary

Wednesday April 8th

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 (25) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Limerick (1) – 2000

Waterford (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2010

Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information

  • Cork are seeking their fifth Munster Under 21 Football title in a row. Cork have never won 5 Munster titles in a row. Kerry won 5 in a row once between 1995 and 1999.
  • 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 2015 Munster Under 21 Football Championship will see the Rebel County pass Kerry out in the roll of honour.
  • Kerry’s last victory over Cork in the Munster Under 21 football championship was in 2010 in the Quarter final at Austin Stack Park on a scoreline of 0-19 to 1-8. In the four years since, Kerry lost the finals of 2011 and 2012 and the quarter finals of 2013 and 2014 to Cork.
  • Cork and Kerry remain the only 2 Munster counties to win the All Ireland under 21 football championship. Cork top the roll of honour with 11 titles having last won in 2009 while Kerry are second with 10 titles have last won in 2009. The last five titles have been shared by Dublin (2010, 12 and 14) and Galway (2011 and 13).
  • This is the third year in a row that Tipperary and Clare have met at Munster semi-final stage with Tipperary looking to secure 3 victories in a row having won the 2013 and 14 encounters by 1-12 to 0-7 and 2-22 to 0-9. Their previous meeting to that was in 2009 when Tipperary won another semi-final encounter by 2-5 to 0-9 at Cooraclare.
  • Kerry Captain, Gavin Crowley’s twin brother Brian is also on the team.
  • Cork Captain, Brian O’Driscoll’s father Gene coaches the Cork team. Along with his brothers, Colm and Kevin, Brian is also a member of the Cork senior football panel.

Munster Under 21 Football Cup
Corn na Cásca presented by the Football Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.


March 18, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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