As expected old rivals Cork and Kerry will meet in this year’s Cadbury’s Munster U21 football final following comprehensive wins over Clare and Waterford respectively last night.
The final is scheduled for Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Wednesday April 11th.
Cork 3-15 Clare 1-6
Clare took an early 1-2 to 0-1 lead at Páirc Uí Rinn but truth to tell they were never in the contest thereafter. Their goal came from a Shane Brennan side-line kick which was finished to the net by Darren O’Neill.
A 20th minute goal from Jamie Wall and seven unanswered points gave the Leesiders a comfortable 1-7 to 1-2 lead at the interval and further goals from Luke Connolly and Dan McEoin ensured that the scoreboard adequately reflected the night’s proceedings.
Fair dues to the Banner men – they never gave up with Cathal McInerney once more to the fore. Sadly for Cork they lost their inspirational captain Rory O’Sullivan of Argideen Rangers .due to injury with early reports suggesting he will undergo a scan today and is likely to be ruled out for some time.
Kerry 4-26 Waterford 1-4
A very one sided contest at Austin Stack Park in Tralee as Kerry swept Waterford aside 4-26 to 1-4. This was no test for the Kerry men and manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have learnt nothing new here.
Though the score was only 0-5 to 0-1 in Kerry’s favour at the end of the first quarter by half time it was 4-12 to 0-2 as Kerry piled on the agony for the Deise with goals from their much vaunted full forward line of Ian Galvin, Conor Cox and Kieran Hurley as well as from the talented Stephen O’Brien who once again starred ,as he had done against Tipperary in the quarter final.
Blake O’Connor’s goal seven minutes from the final whistle put some respectability on the scoreboard but Kerry were by then ‘home and dry’, with 31 points to spare. Waterford gave of their best – they were simply outclassed on the night.
The Kingdom side will be out to revenge last year’s heavy defeat against Cork when the sides meet again in Tralee on 11 April.