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IT’S THE RISING stars in Cork and Kerry that clash in today’s first game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Munster minor football final. We’re going to follow the action all the way.

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Result: Kerry 2-17 Cork 2-13


Welcome to Páirc Uí Chaoimh as we get set for the first part of today’s double-header. It’s Munster football final action with Cork taking on Kerry at 12pm in the minor game.

Here’s the Cork team named to start today:

(1) Colm O’Driscoll (Castlehaven)
(2) Tom Bushe (Ilen Rovers)
(3) Kevin Flahive (Douglas – Captain)
(4) Sean Powter (Douglas)
(5) John Mullins (Eire Og)
(6) Cian O’Donovan (Clonakilty)
(7) Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
(8) Sean O’Leary (Bantry Blues)
(9) Micheál O Deasúna (Cill Na Martra)
(10) Seamus Ronayne (Clyda Rovers)
(11) Daniel O Duinnín (Cill Na Martra)
(12) Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
(13) Shane Kingston (Douglas)
(14) Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
(15) Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)

And here’s the Kerry team named to start:

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
2. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
3. Brian Begley (An Ghaeltacht)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)
5. Mark O’Connor (Dingle)
6. Dan Donoghue (Spa)
7. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys)
8. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle)
9. Liam Kearney (Spa)
10. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)
11. Brian Rayle (Lispole)
12. Micheál Burns (Dr. Crokes)
13. Jordan Kiely (Dr. Crokes)
14. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)
15. Tomás Ó’Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

Here’s the Cork subs:

(16) Anthony Kidney (Passage West)
(17) Alex Hassett (Ilen Rovers)
(18) David O’Neill (Mayfield)
(19) Michael Lordan (Ballinora)
(20) Damien Buckley (Ballyclough)
(21) Evan Ryle (Carrigaline)
(22) Eoin O’Sullivan (Douglas)
(23) Michael Cottrell (Newmarket)
(24) Martin Collins (Kilmacabea)

And here’s the Kerry subs:

16. Eoin O’Brien (Churchill)
17. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)
18. Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe)
19. Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks)
20. Liam Carey (Beaufort)
21. Roibeard O Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
22. Ivan Parker (Churchill)
23. Aaron Murphy (Dr Crokes)
24. Robert Wharton (Renard)

Couple of good attacking prospects on both sides here with Killian Spillane one to watch in the Kerry attack while Michael Hurley is the key forward for Cork.

And we’re underway here.

Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-0: 2 mins – And Kerry tear into an early lead with a quality point from Brian Rayle, one of several Kerry players from the PS Chorca Dhuibhne Hogan Cup winning team.

Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-1: 3 mins – All square now as Gary Murphy taps over a free for Cork.

Kerry 1-1 Cork 0-1: 5 mins – Kerry hit the net through Tomás O Sé.

Kerry 1-2 Cork 0-1: 6 mins – Lovely point from a free by Killian Spillane to follow up that terrific Kingdom goal.

Kerry 1-3 Cork 0-1: 7 mins – Now Kerry are five points clear with Spillane tapping over off his left.

Kerry 1-3 Cork 0-2: 8 mins – Nice point by Shane Kingston for Cork but they nearly got in for a goal then through Sean O’Donoghue but his shot cannoned off the upright.

Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-3: 11 mins – Points swapped by Spillane from a free for Kerry and Murphy from play for Cork.

Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-4: 12 mins – Gary Murphy has been a brilliant inclusion for Cork so far, he’s just lobbed over his third point of the game.

Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-3: 16 mins – Kerry stretch their lead through captain Liam Kearney.

Goal for Cork!

Kerry 1-5 Cork 1-4: 18 mins – Big score for Cork as Michael Hurley does very well to deliver a ball across and Ronayne fires to the net.

Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-4: 20 mins – Fine point by Jordan Kiely for Kerry and they go back in front by two.

Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-4: 25 mins – Spillane converts another free for Kerry and they go three in front.

Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-5: 27 mins – Cork grab two points back with centre-forward Daniel Dineen tapping over a free and then Michael Hurley making a surging run down the middle before blasting over.

Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-6: 28 mins – Kerry counter-attack from the kick out and their move is finished off by a neat point off his left from Matthew Flaherty.

Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-6: 30 mins – Kerry finish the half strongly as wing-back Cormac Coffey gets up field to punt over a point.

Half-Time: Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-6

We’re back underway for the second-half action, the rain has eased off somewhat here in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-7: 31 mins – Perfect start to second-half for Cork as Shane Kingston is fouled and Gary Murphy curls over the subsequent free beautifully.

Kerry 1-10 Cork 1-7: 34 mins – All of Kerry’s starting forwards have now scored after Dr Crokes Micheál Burns floats over a lovely point.

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-8: 37 mins – Quality scores on both sides from Cork’s Sean O’Donoghue and Kerry’s Brian Rayle. O’Donoghue’s point means all of Cork’s starting forwards have now scored.

Kerry 1-12 Cork 1-8: 39 mins – Spillane taps over a free after Ó Sé was fouled and Kerry go back in front by three.

Sub: Damien Buckley comes on for Cork for Ronayne.

Sub: Liam Carey on for Kerry for Rayle.

Sub: Evan Ryle in for Cork for O’Leary.

Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9: 47 mins – Points exchanged through a Murphy free for Cork and a superb score from play by Carey for Kerry.

Goal for Kerry from Jordan Kiely!

Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-11: 51 mins – Deft finish by Kiely to the net but Cork do pull points back from frees through Michael Desmond and Sean O’Donoghue.

Sub: Alex Hassett is on for Cork for Desmond.

Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-12: 55 mins – O’Donoghue and Spillane swap points from frees.

Sub: Stephen O’Sullivan on for Kerry for Tom O’Sullivan.

Goal for Cork!

Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-12: 57 mins – Great boost for Cork as Gary Murphy fires the ball to the net from the rebound after Michael Hurley’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Shane Ryan.

Sub: Robert Wharton is on for Kerry for Mark O’Connor.

Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-13: 58 mins – Great point by Michael Hurley for Cork and they are now only one adrift.

Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-13: 59 mins – Vital point for Kerry and an excellent one it was from Stephen O’Sullivan.

Kerry 2-16 Cork 2-13: 61 mins – Spillane knocks over another free for Kerry.

Kerry 2-17 Cork 2-13: 61 mins – That should seal it for Kerry as Carey smashes over another point.

Full-Time: Kerry 2-17 Cork 2-13

Full-Time: Kerry 2-17 Cork 2-13

Victory for Kerry and their manager Jack O’Connor while Cork must head the backdoor route after this defeat. That’s all from us, thanks for joining today.

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