Cork humiliated Kerry to win the Munster U21 final in Pairc Ui Rinn this evening, Two early goals from Donal Óg Hodnett & Barry O’Driscoll set up the win.
Senior player,Ciaran Sheehan got the home side off the mark in the opening minute and they dominated the early play, winning plenty of possession around the middle. Jamie Wall soon made in two points to no score and after goals from Donal Og Hodnett and Barry O’Driscoll, the rebels led 2-02 to 0-0 after just 8 minutes.
James O’Donoghue finally got the visitors on the scoreboard, with a pointed free a minute later but Cork replied with similar scores from Sheehan and O’Driscoll. O’Driscoll added three further points and Hodnett added his second as Cork ran riot and this game was well over before half-time. It took some excellent saves from Kerry goalkeeper, Kelly, to keep the score respectable.
Jamie Wall added another point before the break to leave Cork ahead by sixteen at the interval. There looked to be no way back for Kerry, and so it proved. Sheehan and Collins made it 18 points of a difference soon after the restart, with Daithi Casey adding Kerry’s first score since the 12th minute.
Paul Geaney and Kieran Hurley reduced the lead slightly by the 40th minute, but by this point many Kerry fans were already close to the county bounds. James O’Donoghue added number seven on the night but two scores from Barry O’Driscoll and a Mark Collins score made it 2-20 to 0-7. Eoin Buckley, Hodnett and Collins all added Cork points, with Barry John Walsh managing a consolation score for the visitors. Kerry’s night was summed up, when Paul Geaney missed a penalty in the final minute.
It was a night that the Kingdom will want to forget very quickly as it didn’t give them much hope for the future. None of their senior stars stepped up to the mark and it was a most disappointing performance.
Kerry (U21 v Cork): B Kelly; P Crowley, M Griffin, D O’Leary; J Sherwood, B Shanahan, J Lyne; T Ladden, E Walsh; J O’Donoghue, BJ Walsh, A Fitzgerald; S O’Brien, D Casey, P Geaney. Subs: S O’Leary, P Kilkenny, C Moriarty, J Walsh, K Hurley, C O’Shea, N O’Shea, J Coffey, BJ Walsh.
Cork (U21 v Kerry): J Mellet; L Jennings, D Cahalane, A Cronin; P Daly, T Clancy, J Wall; M O’Leary, A Walsh; C Sheehan, M Collins, J O’Rourke, D Óg Hodnett, B O’Driscoll, P Honohan.