Kerry minors show character to make it seven in a row

Late points for Kerry are enough to see off dogged Cork

The Kerry  team celebrate winning the Munster minor football championship at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Kerry team celebrate winning the Munster minor football championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Cork 2-14 Kerry 3-14

Kerry minor manager James Costello praised his team’s character as they made it seven Munster minor football titles in a row on Saturday evening.

Like the senior game that followed, Kerry were favourites going in but had to produce a good response after Cork drew level, with Emmet O’Shea, Jack O’Connor and Darragh Lynch getting late points for the Kingdom.

“I think it showed a lot of resolve and I think we needed it,” Costello said.

“The wind was a lot stronger than people realised. We had to work hard and we scraped hard. We didn’t play well in the first half, Cork opened us. But we scraped hard and so to get our noses in front was important.”

Kerry had won by 3-19 to 1-9 in the round-robin stage and started well but Kelan Scannell’s goal put Cork 1-1 to 0-3 ahead and they had a second green flag thanks to an own goal.

They led by four point at one stage but Kerry were 2-8 to 2-6 in front by half-time as Colin Crowley and Dylan Geaney struck for goals before the break.

A third goal, from Kevin Goulding, extended the lead on the resumption but Cork stayed in touch, with captain Conor Corbett impressive and he had the equaliser to cap a run of four straight points in the closing stages. Kerry had the final say, though.

CORK: A O’Brien; S Andrews (0-1), D Linehan, J O’Shea; T O’Donoghue, N Lordan, D Peet; J Lawton, K Scannell (1-0); H Murphy (0-1), C Corbett (0-4), A Walsh-Murphy (0-1); R O’Donovan (0-4, three frees), P Campbell (0-1, free), J Cahalane.

Subs: K O’Driscoll for Walsh-Murphy (24, injured), M O’Neill (0-2) for O’Shea (half-time), A O’Hare for O’Donovan (49), S Aherne for Campbell (55), N Gough for Andrews (60). Kerry scored an own goal.

KERRY: D Burns; K O’Sullivan, A Dineen, L Chester; E O’Sullivan, A Curran, S O’Brien (0-1); J Linehan, R Collins; C Crowley (1-1), J O’Connor (0-5, two frees, two 45s), D Lynch (0-1); D Geaney (1-2), G Hassett (0-2), K Goulding (1-1).

Subs: E O’Shea (0-1) for Goulding (46), D O’Callaghan for Crowley (47), J Kerins for O’Brien (49, injured), T Sparling for Dineen (59, black card), T Ó hAiniféin for Lynch (60).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.