Munster MFC: Kerry produce second-half goods to trounce Rebels

May 07, 2019

Monaghan's Ronan Grimes attempts to block Dylan Geaney of Kerry.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Kerry 3-19
Cork 1-9

Kerry have one foot in this year’s Munster minor football championship final after dismantling Cork with a ruthless second-half display at Pairc Ui Rinn this evening.

Goals from Eamon O’Shea and Gearoid Hassett were what gave the Kingdom control of this derby before Jack O’Connor hit another with six minutes left on the clock to well and truly settle the issue.

The visitors had built up a 0-11 to 0-8 at the half ahead of Cork quickly levelling after the resumption via substitute Jack Cahalane netting just 24 seconds from the ball being thrown into the restart.

However, Kerry’s defence would concede just one more score from there on out as points from O’Connor and Dylan Geaney served to steady the ship prior to O’Shea’s fine goal on 38 minutes.

Hassett would raise another green flag four minutes later and the frees of Geaney, who finished with 0-8, stretched the margin.

The Rebels were denied the chance to cancel out O’Connor’s strike after their skipper Conor Corbett saw his effort tipped over in what was a save from Kingdom net-minder Devon Burns.

The result means that the winners of tomorrow’s clash between Tipperary and Clare at the Gaelic Grounds will have home advantage over the Leesiders in Round One of Phase Two.

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