Cork suffer defeat to Kerry in Tralee.

EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Final

KERRY 0-17 CORK 1-9

By Paul Brennan ( at Austin Stack Park, Tralee

A powerful and productive second half saw Kerry reclaim the Munster Under-20 football title after seeing off All-Ireland champions, Cork.

The Kingdom outscored the Rebels by 0-12 to 0-3 in a statement second period, overturning a four-point half time deficit and easing into an All-Ireland semi-final against Galway or Roscommon on St Patrick’s Day.

Both counties had been less than impressive in their respective semi-final wins, but Cork were the slight fancy to retain their provincial title. And by half time they were on script. Kerry had other ideas in the second period, and went about their business immediately with points from midfielder Darragh Lyne and a free from Paul Walsh.

Cork hit back with a fine long-range score from joint-captain Mark Cronin, but it was clear that the momentum had already shifted. Where Cork had been all power and speed and directness in the first half, now Kerry had the measure of the champions, and were hoovering up most of the ball around middle and running all the best angles and lines.

Ruaidhri O Beaglaoich had to be hauled down en route to goal to present Walsh a tap-over free, and when Paul O’Shea and then Sean Horan pointed the gap was gone; 0-10 to 1-7.

Thereafter it was a near Kerry procession with a succession of points: O Beaglaoich converting an advanced mark, O Beaglaoich again from play, and the two from sub Sean Quilter pushing Kerry into a 0-14 to 1-8 lead.

Blake Murphy fired over Cork’s third and final point of the half to make it a two-point game, but Kerry weren’t for catching, with O Beaglaoich (2) and Sean Keane sealing the win.

The first half was a story of two goal chances: one missed by Kerry in the 16th minute and the other converted by Cork in the 25th minute. That green flag was, more or less, the difference between the teams at half time, with both sides rueing plenty of missed chances, most of them undercooked shots that dropped short.

Kerry were first on the scoreboard through O Beaglaoich’s free in the fifth minute, but there was never any more than two points between the teams until Blake Murphy struck Cork’s goal late in the half.

Patrick Darcy and Killian Falvey converted to edge Kerry 0-3 to 0-1 in front, but Cronin (free) and Jack Murphy replied to level it up. Moments before Murphy’s score O Beaglaoich got inside his man and teed up Darcy a couple of metres from the goal line, but a moment’s hesitation by the Kerry no.11 allowed David Buckley recover from a slip and make a brilliant goal line block.

It was 0-4 apiece when Cork’s no. 11, Aodhán Ó Luasa dispossessed Dylan Casey and put Blake Murphy through, but the joint-captain still had plenty to do. But do it he did, calmly side-stepping Marc Kelliher and slipping the ball to the Kerry net from a couple of feet out.

That score lit a fire in Murphy, who added two late points to give the Rebels a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead, even though they had kicked four scoreable shots short into Kelliher’s hands.

Kerry were guilty of wastage, too, in that first period, with five wides and a couple of under hit efforts hurting them on the scoreboard, but they got their radar aligned in the second period to keep their hopes of a first All-Ireland title since 2008 alive.

Scorers for Kerry: R O Beaglaoich 0-5 (2f, 1m), P Walsh 0-3f, P Darcy 0-2, S Quilter 0-2 (1f), D Lyne 0-1, K Falvey 0-1, P O’Shea 0-1, S Horan 0-1, S Keane 0-1

Scorers for Cork: B Murphy 1-3, M Cronin 0-4 (1f), J Murphy 0-1, F Herlihy 0-1

KERRY: Marc Kelliher, Owen Fitzgerald, James McCarthy, Dan McCarthy, Luke Brosnan, Dylan Casey, Sean O’Brien, Darragh Lyne, Michael O’Gara, Paul Walsh, Patrick Darcy, Killian Falvey, Paul O’Shea, Sean Horan, Ruaidhri O Beaglaoich.

Subs: Eddie Horan for O Fitzgerald (ht), Sean Keane for P Walsh (44), Sean Quilter for K Falvey (46), Sean O’Connell for S Horan (49), Dylan Geaney for P Darcy (54).

CORK: Cian O’Leary, Colm O’Shea, Daniel O’Mahony, Diarmuid Phelan, David Buckley, Billy Foley, Eanna O’Hanlon, Jack Lawton, Daniel O’Connell, Jack Murphy, Aodhan Ó Luasa, Brian Hayes, Mark Cronin, Fionn Herlihy, Blake Murphy.

Subs: Brian Lynch for D Phelan (29), Conor Corbett for A Ó Luasa (ht), Bill Curtin for J Lawton (38), Darragh Hayes for B Hayes (52), Conor Russell for F Herlihy (59).

REFEREE: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary).

Munster U20 Football Final 2020

Cork will play Kerry in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final on Wednesday March 4th at 7:30pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Cork are current Munster and All-Ireland Champions at this grade.

EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Final
Cork v Kerry
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee at 7:30pm
Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)
Extra Time if Necessary (Result on the Day)
Tickets for this game are now available to purchase in advance at participating Centra and Supervalu outlets –

Path to the final

Cork’s open game in this season competition was against Clare in Semi-Final on Wednesday night last. Cork won by two points 1-12 to Clare 2-7.

Scorers for Cork: Blake Murphy (0-9, 7f, 1’45, 1m); Jack Murphy (1-0); Mark Cronin (0-2, 1f); Fionn Herlihy (0-1)

Cork Team vs Clare: 1. Josh O’Keeffe (Newmarket), 4. Diarmaid Phelan (Aghada), 3. Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree), 2. Colm O’Shea (Kilshannig), 5. David Buckley (Newcestown), 6. Bill Foley (Bantry Blues), 7. Brian Lynch (Douglas), 8. Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers), 9. Daniel O’Connell (Kanturk), 10. Jack Murphy (Éire Óg), 11. Aodhán Ó Luasa (Naomh Aban), 12. Brian Hayes (St. Finbarr’s), 13. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers) (Joint-Captain), 14. Fionn Herlihy (Dohenys), 15. Blake Murphy (St. Vincent’s) (Joint-Captain)

Subs: 21. Eanna O’Hanlon (Kilshannig) for Foley (half-time), 19. Eoghan Lehane (Canovee) for Lynch (35,), 22. Conor Corbett (Clyda Rovers) for Hayes (35), 18. Sean Desmond (Clondrohid) for Phelan (63), 23. Jack Kelleher (Canovee) for Corbett (65 mins)

The Cork Under 20 Football Team to play Kerry has been announced.

1. Josh O Keeffe – Newmarket
2. Colm O Shea  – Kilshannig
3. Daniel O Mahony  – Knocknagree
4. Diarmaid Phelan  – Aghada
5. David Buckley – Newcestown
6. Bill Foley – Bantry Blues
7. Brian Lynch – Douglas
8. Jack Lawton  – Argideen Rangers
9. Daniel O Connell  – Kanturk
10. Jack Murphy – Éire Óg
11. Aodhán Ó Luasa  – Naomh Aban
12. Brian Hayes – St. Finbarrs
13. Mark Cronin  – Nemo Rangers (Joint Captain)
14. Fionn Herlihy  – Doheny’s
15. Blake Murphy  – St. Vincent’s (Joint Captain)
16. Cian O Leary – Douglas
17. Bill Curtin – Kilshannig
18. Sean Desmond – Clondrohid
19. Darragh Cashman – Millstreet
20. Eanna O Hanlon – Kilshannig
21. Conor Corbett – Clyda Rovers
22. Darragh Hayes  – Carbery Rangers
23. Gerry O Sullivan – Boherbue
24. Conor Russell – Douglas

Extended Panel Members

Jack Kelliher  – Canovee
Eoin Nation  – Nemo Rangers
Ciaran Nyhan  – Ballinascarthy
Dylan Connolly  – Glanworth
Conor Smith  – Aghabullogue
Eoghan Lehane – Canovee
Ciarán O’ Sullivan  – Urhan

Cork’s Management Team

Management: Keith Ricken, Michéal Ó Cronín, Maurice Moore, Colm O Neill, Barry Corkery

Strength & Conditioning: Con Burns

Goalkeeping Coach: Kevin Murphy

Logistics: Charlie McCarthy, Brian Walsh, Denis McSweeney

Medical: Dr Aidan Kelleher, Brian O Connell

Liaison Officer: Des Cullinane


Cork GAA County Committee Report 03/03/2020

The County Committee met on 03/03/2020. The minutes of the previous meeting on 04/02/2020 were taken as read and adopted. The Youghal delegate, who had missed the previous meeting, expressed disappointment that the County Board pass was being replaced, while the St. Nick’s delegate felt that All-Ireland medal holders should be excluded from the change, but the Cathaoirleach reiterated that the proposal had been accepted unanimously at the previous meeting, that it was a very small gesture by which we could all do our bit to improve the finances of Cork GAA, given that there were over 900 free passes in circulation, and that it was vital that all pass-holders were treated equally by being offered the opportunity to purchase the new Season Ticket at a much-discounted rate of €50 instead of the pass.

The Cathaoirleach then advised the meeting that talks had begun involving Cork GAA, Cairde Chorcaí, members of the stadium board and members of the financial advisory and planning sub-committee with a view to developing a co-ordinated plan for the financing of all aspects of Cork GAA, including the stadium, and that an update would be provided to the County Board in due course.

She also announced that financial advisers BDO Eaton Square had been engaged to develop a joint business plan Cork GAA and Páirc uí Chaoimh, which was due for completion by early summer. As the secondment of Michelle McAleer to the stadium was due to end after the completion of the stadium accounts, Cork GAA and the stadium board were to jointly fund three short-term appointments in the commercial, facilities and accounting areas, to operate across both entities pending the finalisation of the business plan.

Tributes were paid to Michelle McAleer by the Chairperson and by Michael Byrne, the stadium event controller.

Inter-county match reports were read out, and the Chairperson wished Keith Ricken and the U20 footballers every success in the following night’s Munster Final against Kerry.

The Progress report was adopted, and the Runaí raised the issue of child protection in the context of un-approved camps. He stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of the GAA and the law of the land in relation to such camps, and reminded clubs of the standards required for approval.

A brief CCC report was given, and clubs were informed that league games which had been postponed due to weather could be re-fixed outside of the 30-day period but that all fixtures needed to be submitted to the office by Friday 13th March.

Reporting on the recent annual Congress, the Chairperson commiserated with Jerry O’Sullivan, who had been unsuccessful in his bid for the GAA presidency, and congratulated Larry McCarthy, originally from Bishopstown, on his election as Uachtarán Tofa.

A number of club developments were proposed and seconded, and votes of sympathy were passed.

The next meeting was fixed for April 7th.