For the second time in as many months, a Kerry team travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn and all but obliterated the home outfit.There was 16-points between the two counties at the end of the Munster U21 final in late April and while this Munster minor semi-final win wasn’t as comprehensive, it was every bit as impressive.
David Clifford proved the headline act, the Fossa full-forward terrorising the Cork defence during an hour’s fare where he helped himself to 2-8, just 0-3 of that total arriving via the dead ball. The travelling defence also played a significant role in advancing the reigning All-Ireland champions into the Munster decider, routinely hunting down Cork forwards in packs of three and four.
That said, Cork engineered the dream start for themselves when Evan Murphy put the ball in the back of the Kerry net 10 seconds after the throw-in. It was to prove a false dawn, however, as the home side failed to add to their tally during the subsequent quarter of an hour. The visitors, during this period, kicked 1-6 on the bounce as David Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan led the Cork defence on a merry dance. This pair landed the three points which cancelled out Murphy’s early rocket and it was Clifford who propelled Kerry in front on seven minutes, holding off full-back William Ronan and slipping the ball past ‘keeper Kevin McMahon.
The full-forward would also provide their second goal on 26 minutes, finishing a sweeping move involving Brian Friel and Fiachra Clifford. The gap was seven come the break and it might have been a tad more manageable from a Cork perspective had two scoreable chances on the stroke of half-time not been kicked wide. Two from David Clifford and Donnchadh O’Sullivan’s first increased the difference between the sides upon the restart. Cork’s day was done when Kerry ‘keeper Deividas Uosis kept out a Damien Gore penalty on 42 minutes. He made a second superb save later on, this time denying Mark Keane. Two more from Clifford and a Jack Griffin point completed the 10-point rout for the Kingdom.
The Cork football team
1. Kevin McMahon – Kilshannig
2. Lorcan Finn – Mitchelstown
3. William Ronan – Kilmurry
4. Dylan Ward – Douglas
5. Jason Harrington – Adrigole
6. Peter O Driscoll – Ilen Rovers
7. Jack McCarthy – Carrigaline
8. Mark Keane – Mitchelstown
9. Ryan Walsh – Kanturk
10. Evan Murphy – Dromtariffe
11. Colm O Callaghan – Eire Og (Captain)
12. Jack Murphy – Eire Og
13. Mark Cronin – Nemo Rangers
14. Damien Gore – Kilmacabea
15. Cathail O Mahony – Mitchelstown
16. Ian Giltinan – Carrigaline
17. Daniel O Mahony – Knocknagree
18. Rory O Driscoll – Garnish
19. Sean Meehan – Kiskeam
20. Shane Hickey – Millstreet
21. Colm Barrett – St Finbarrs
22. Cillian Myers Murray – St Finbarrs
23. Daragh Moynihan – Ballydesmond
24. Mark Hodnett – Carbery Rangers
Subs: C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s) for O’Mahony (22 mins, inj); C Barrett (St Finbarr’s) for Murphy (HT); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree) for Ronan (39); S Hickey (Millstreet) for Walsh, S Meehan (Kiskeam) for McCarthy (both 42); R O’Driscoll (Garnish) for Harrington (45, bc);
Scorers for Cork: E Murphy (1-2, 0-1 ’45); D Gore (0-4, 0-2 frees); C Myers Murray (0-3); M Keane (0-1).
Selectors : Brian Herlihy (Dohenys), Bernie Collins (Castlehaven),
Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Jim O Donoghue (St. Finbarrs),
Noel O Leary, (Cill na Martra)
The Kerry football team
1. Deividas Uosis Dingle
2. Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
3. Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
4. Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
5. Michael Potts Dr Crokes
6. Eddie Horan Scartaglen
7. Niall Donohue Firies
8. Barry Mahony St Senans
9. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
10.Adam Donoghue Castleisland Desmonds
11. David Clifford (C) Fossa
12. Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan
13. Fiáchra Clifford Laune Rangers
14. Donchadh O’Sullivan Firies
15. Brian Friel Rathmore
16. Fir Ionaid:
17. Nelu O’Doherty Dr Crokes
18. Ciarán O’Reilly Austin Stacks
19. Sean O’Leary Kilcummin
20. Michael Slattery Austin Stacks
21. Patrick Warren Gneeveguilla
22. Jack Griffin Dr Crokes
23. Michael O’Leary Renard
24. Dylan Casey Austin Stacks
25. Cathal Ferriter Annascaul
Subs: J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for Friel (38); M Slattery (Austin Stacks) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (47); C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for F Clifford (48); P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for Donal O’Sullivan (55); S O’Leary (Kilcummin) for O’Neill (59); M O’Leary (Renard) for Gammell (60).
Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (2-8, 0-3 frees); Donal O’Sullivan (0-1 free), Donnchadh O’Sullivan (0-2 each); A Donoghue, F Clifford, C Gammell, J Griffin (0-1 each).
Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery (Killarney Legion) and Padraig Murphy (Laune Rangers)
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)
Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Sean O’Connell (Cordal),
Eddie Browne (Listowel Emmets), Cian O’Callaghan (Firies),
Mark Ashe (Dingle).
Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).
Well done to our Half time teams Nemo Rangers and Carrigaline who provided us with a display of u10 football tonight at half time game in Pairc Ui Rinn
Denis Hurley reports from Páirc Uí Rinn
David Clifford rips Cork minors to shreds with 2-8 as Kerry remain on course for 5th straight Munster title. It was a brilliant team performance from Peter Keane’s side.
A TOUR DE force from David Clifford kept Kerry on course for a fifth Electric Ireland Munster MFC title in a row as they overran Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening.
The full-forward was in irrepressible form, scoring a personal tally of 2-8, and overall this was a brilliant team performance from Peter Keane’s side, with Kerry in the provincial decider for the sixth consecutive year.
Cork had a dream start as Mark Keane won the ball from the throw-in and fed Evan Murphy, who fired to the net, but the rest of the half, and the game, belonged to Kerry.
They were level within six minutes, Clifford with two points before he showed great strength from Donnchadh O’Sullivan’s pass before firing to the net.
Points from Adam Donoghue, Fiachra Clifford and Dónal O’Sullivan put them well in control and though Cork reduced the deficit with points from Damien Gore, a second David Clifford goal on 26 minutes, followed good work from his namesake Fiachra, opened up a 2-9 to 1-5 lead at half-time.
They continued to dominate after the restart, but with 19 minutes left Cork had a chance of getting back into it as Keane – along with Lorcan Finn, the brightest performer in red – was fouled for a penalty.
Unfortunately for them, Kerry goalkeeper Deividas Uosis made a great save, and would later deny Keane a goal. At the other end, Clifford continued to dictate matters and the Kingdom moved on with little fuss.
Munster MFC semi-final: classy Clifford fires Kingdom past Rebels
10 May 2017
David Clifford (2-8) was the star man at Pairc Ui Rinn tonight as holders Kerry beat Cork by 2-17 to 1-10 to reach another Munster final
Eyeing their fifth successive provincial title in the under 18 grade, the Kingdom – also seeking a fourth successive All-Ireland minor crown! – will meet Clare in the decider on July 2nd. That game will be a repeat of the first-round meeting of the same two teams, which Peter Keane’s finely-tuned side won by 2-16 to 1-6 in Tralee four weeks ago.
A first-half return of 2-3 from winning captain and undisputed Man of the Match Clifford assured the defending provincial and national champions of a commanding 2-9 to 1-5 half-time lead.
The Rebels got a dream start as Evan Murphy hit the Kerry net within ten seconds of throw-in but the winners then reeled off 1-6 without reply to assume complete control on the scoreboard. The Kingdom were level by the fifth minute thanks to scores from Donal O’Sullivan and Clifford (2).
The inspirational Clifford added a goal as the visitors surged ahead by double scores and quickfire points from Adam O’Donoghue and Fiachra Clifford made it 1-5 to 1-0 after eight minutes. A twelfth-minute O’Sullivan free stretched the gap to six before full forward Damien Gore supplied the hosts’ opening point at the midway stage of the first half.
Corner back Cian Gammell restored the six-point margin but Gore replied with a brace before Rathmore’s Brian Friel got in on the act for the Kingdom. Clifford struck for his second goal five minutes from the interval. Although midfielder Mark Keane and wing forward Murphy pulled back a couple of points for the Leesiders, it was fitting that Clifford contributed the final point of the opening period.
Substitute Cillian Myers Murphy pointed for Cork upon the restart but Kerry replied with points from Clifford (2) and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, who also cancelled out a Gore score. Murphy clipped over a ‘45’ after goalkeeper Deividas Uosis had brilliantly saved a Gore penalty and another Clifford point meant the gap was nine at the three-quarters stage, 2-14 to 1-8.
Firies prodigy Clifford and Myers Murphy shared the next two scores and Uosis pulled off another superb save from Keane and Jack Griffin swapped points with Myles Murphy before who else but Clifford closed the scoring with a point that meant he outscored the entire Cork team on his own.