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Kerry hit the net three times to defeat Cork and win Munster junior football title

The Kingdom were successful on home soil in Austin Stack Park in Tralee tonight.

Gavan O'Grady was amongst Kerry's goalscorers tonight. Gavan O'Grady was amongst Kerry's goalscorers tonight. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Kerry 3-14
Cork 0-13

KERRY HIT THE net three times en route to claiming a ten-point victory over Cork in tonight’s Munster junior football final at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.

With the counties set to clash in next Sunday’s provincial senior and minor football deciders, Kerry began the week on a winning note with tonight’s success.

Kerry were in front by 2-8 to 0-5 at the interval having been backed by the wind in the opening period. An early goal from Brian Crowley gave them a perfect start and then team captain Thomas Hickey – a Kerry U21 this year – from Castleisland Desmonds bagged their second goal.

Points by Anthony O’Connor in the first-half and Paul Condon after the break helped Cork cut the gap to six points, 2-11 to 0-11, entering the final quarter.

But Kerry powered clear in the finale with Gavan O’Grady notching a brace of points and Sean Moloney firing over another before O’Grady sealed Kerry’s win by registering their third goal of the game when he converted from the penalty spot.

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KERRY
1. Shane Murphy (Kilcummin)
2. Shane Lynch (Spa)
3. Kevin O’Dwyer (Waterville)
4. Danny Wrenn (Tarbert)
5. Greg Gibson (Waterville)
6. Denis Daly (St Mary’s)
7. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
8. Andrew Garnett (Spa)
9. Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia)
10. Brian Crowley (Templenoe)
11. Ciaran Keating (Skellig Rangers)
12. Philip O’Connor (Cordal)
13. Gavan O’Grady (Glenbeigh-Glencar)
14. Paul Kennelly (Ballydonoghue)
15. Thomas Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds)

CORK
1. Patrick Kirby (Tadgh MacCarthaigh)
2. Jeffrey Daly (Fermoy)
3. John McLoughlin (Kanturk – Captain)
4. Mathew O’Shea (Glengarrif)
5. Niall McCarthy (Kinsale)
6. Fionn O’ Shea (Clyda Rovers)
7. Brendan Withers (Lyre)
8. Michael Dineen (Castlehaven)
9. James Kind (Passage)
10. John Dineen (Eire Og)
11. Conor Flanagan (Clyda Rovers)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
14. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
15. Anthony O’ Connor (Knocknagree)

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