On Tuesday 07/05/2019 the Kerry Minor team produced a wonderful second-half performance to get one foot in the Electric Ireland Munster MFC as they came head to head with the Cork Minor team in their home territory of Páirc Uí Rinn.
With a score of 0-11 to 0-8 at half time, Kerry were pegged back level within the first 30 seconds of the second half as Cork substitute Jack Cahalane marked his arrival in style. However, Cork would only score once more, that being in the 56th minute, with Kerry having added an unanswered 3-7 in between.
Cork will now proceed to face either Clare or Tipperary, who clash in the phase 1 Final tonight. A win for the Cork side would most likely put them in the decider, against Kerry, who are aiming towards a sixth straight All-Ireland title.
The Kerry side certainly did not hold back. Dylan Geaney secured four first-half points which helped them lead by three at half-time, with performances from Emmet O’Shea and Jack O’Connor also impressing.
Though Kerry pushed on again, Cahalane’s goal seemed to suggest that Cork would stay with them. However, the response was clear. After points from O’Connor and Geaney, O’Shea’s goal on 38 allowed them some room to breathe until Gearóid Hassett added another on 42.
A third goal from O’Connor brought the score to 3-18 to 1-8 with six minutes remaining on the clock, even though Cork captain Connor Corbett almost got a consolation goal, he was denied by a tremendous save from Devon Burns, who tipped the ball over.
Full Time Score: Kerry 3-19 Cork 1-9
Photo: Tommy Dickson