Electric Ireland Munster MFC Q-F Replay – Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10

Cork defeated Kerry by 3-6 to 0-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final Replay on Friday in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

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Cahalane closes door on Kerry

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Electric Ireland Munster MFC quarter-final replay

Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10

Cork are through to a semi-final meeting with Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster MFC after they beat Kerry in their first-round replay at Austin Stack Park in Tralee last night. It was a strange game. Cork did not score after Ryan Harkin’s 46th-minute point, but it was still enough, earlier goals having done enough to knock the life out of the Kerry challenge. Harkin with a point and Kevin O’Neill with a goal were Cork’s only scorers apart from excellent corner-forward Michael Cahalane, who finished with 1-5 and had a massive say in the opening goal in the 10th minute.

With Cork trailing by 0-4 to 0-1, Kevin Cremin and Jack Bushe linked well before the latter found Cahalane and he went for goal, his shot rasping back off the crossbar before hitting unfortunate Kerry midfielder Éanna Ó Conchúir and rebounding back in. That paved the way for Cork to take over on the scoreboard, only trailing once more after that, yet manager Ephie Fitzgerald was not getting over-excited. “We were pleased with some aspects of it,” he said. “We had a sluggish start and then got a fortuitous goal, but after that we improved. Michael Cahalane was outstanding all right, anything that went his way he won it, he gave us a great outlet. “The goals gave us a cushion, they win matches, if you get three you should win most matches. There are still a lot of things to work with, we’re happy with the win, but not the overall performance.”

In contrast with last week’s drawn game, this time Cork took their goal chances while Kerry failed to. Having opted to play with the strong wind blowing towards Castleisland, the home side found their rhythm immediately and only a good save from Cork goalkeeper Anthony Casey denied Tomás Ó Sé a goal inside 20 seconds. Conor Keane pointed immediately for the home side though, and points followed from Ó Sé, Éanna Ó Conchúir and Jack Savage as Cork struggled, unable to work the ball in despite having withdrawn full-forward Aidan Moynihan.

Cahalane’s free got the visitors off the mark in the eighth minute and then, after the goal, he put them ahead for the first time as Kerry, who also played with just two men inside in the opening period, began to offer up cheap wides. Savage was a constant threat at centre-forward, his kick-passing excellent, and he converted a free before assisting for Keane to put them back in front at 0-6 to 1-2 by the midway stage of the half. They would not score again before half time though, and after Cahalane levelled Cork were back in front when the same player found the net after good work by Jack Bushe.

Having seized upon a loose ball 40m out, the Ilen Rovers player drove towards goal and then passed to Cahalane within shooting range, allowing him an easy finish. Another Cahalane free made it 2-4 to 0-6 at the turnaround, and immediately after the restart he found the impressive Kevin O’Neill with a lovely threaded ball, the wing-back finishing well with the outside of his boot for a third goal. Though Kerry responded with two Savage frees, Cahalane and Harkin put Cork 3-6 to 0-8 in front and good defending from Micheál McSweeney and captain Stephen Cronin ensured Kerry’s efforts to mine an avenue back into the game were frustrated.

Savage did get the game’s final two points, but by then the outcome was decided. Manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan remained positive, however. “You have to give credit [to Cork], they took the goals, they’re a strong, physically imposing team and that was the difference,” he said. “We’ll regroup now, we have a game against Clare or Limerick, that’s the only show in town. “As the year goes by, the conditions will get better and the ground harder, that’ll suit the smaller guys.”

Scorers for Cork: M Cahalane 1-5 (0-4f), K O’Neill 1-0, Own goal 1-0, R Harkin 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: J Savage 0-6 (5f), C Keane 0-2, T Ó Sé, É Ó Conchúir 0-1 each.

CORK: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Flahive, D Quinn; S White, S Cronin, K O’Neill; R Harkin, K O’Connor; J Bushe, C Kingston, R O’Sullivan; M Cahalane, A Moynihan, R O’Sullivan.

Subs: D O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan, K Histon for Quinn (both 36), R Cahalane for Moynihan (43), P O’Brien for O’Neill (51), C O’Driscoll for Cahalane (60).

KERRY: S Ryan; ST Dillon, C Ó Lúing, P Ó Conchúir; M Flaherty, G Horan, B Sugrue; É Ó Conchúir, K Shanahan; T Ó Sé, J Savage, D Foran; C Keane, C Jordan, K Spillane.

Subs: M Burns for Spillane, F Clifford for Dillon (half-time), P Carroll for Foran (50), S O’Connor for Ó Conchúir (54).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)

Next Round – the winners play Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final on May 15th. The losers will play the winners of the Semi-Final 1st playoff between Clare and Limerick on May 4th.

Team News

Due to a number of late injury concerns, the Cork Minor Football team to play Kerry in tomorrow night’s Munster Quarter-Final replay at 7.30pm in Tralee will now line out as follows –

1. Anthony Casey

2. Michael McSweeney 3. Dylan Quinn 4. Kevin Flahive

5. Sean White 6. Stephen Cronin 7. Kevin O’Neill

8. Ryan Harkin 9. Conor Kingston

10. Richard O’Sullivan 11. Killian O’Connor 12. Kevin Cremin

13. Michael Cahalane 14. Aidan Moynihan 15. Jack Bushe

16. Colm O’Driscoll Castlehaven

17. Kieran Histon Cobh

18. Rickard Cahalane Sliabh Rua

19. Conor O’Driscoll Mizen Rovers

20. Patrick O’Brien Bandon

21. Donal O’Driscoll Clann na nGael

22. Adam Lyne St. Finbarr’s

23. James Moynihan Canovee

24. Mark Prendergast Ballincollig

Dylan Quinn, who came on as a substitute in the drawn game, replaces Niall Hayes, who has not fully recovered from a previous injury. Kieran Histon and Rickard Cahalane are also carrying minor injuries. Seán White and Kevin Flahive come into the half and full-back lines respectively, with Conor Kingston in at mid-field in place of injury victim Peter O’Neill. Richard O’Sullivan starts at wing-forward, with Don O’Driscoll moving to the bench, while penalty-scorer Aidan Moynihan replaces Conor O’Driscoll in the full-forward line.

Additional panel members: Niall Hayes (Kilmacabea), Cian O’Donovan (Clonakilty), Peter Kelleher (Western Gaels), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven), Damien O’Gorman (Kilmeen), Alan Power (Bishopstown), Jordan O’Connor (Na Piarsaigh), Trevor Horgan (Newcestown), Peter O’Neill (Ballincollig).

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Quarter Final Replay in Austin Stack Park on Friday evening at 7:30 shows two changes in personnel from the drawn game. Kevin Shanahan of Ardfert and Conor Jordan of Austin Stacks, both of whom were introduced during the drawn game, come into the side at midfield and full forward respectively for the players they replaced on Friday last, Barry O’Sullivan and Shane O’Connor. Shanahan takes over the captaincy of the side representing County Champions St Brendans.

Kerry team –

1. Shane Ryan Rathmore

2. Sean T. Dillon St Senans

3. Cathal Ó Luing An Ghaeltacht

4. Pádraig Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

5. Matthew Flaherty Daingean Uí Chúis

6. Greg Horan Austin Stacks

7. Brian Sugrue Renard

8. Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht

9. Kevin Shanahan Ardfert (Captain)

10. David Foran St Senans

11. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys

12. Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

13. Conor Keane Killarney Legion

14. Conor Jordan Austin Stacks

15. Killian Spillane Templenoe

16. Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue

17. Shane O’Connor John Mitchels

18. Barry O’Sullivan Daingean Uí Chúis

19. Fionán Clifford Waterville

20. Kieran Murphy Glenflesk

21. Paudie Carroll Ardfert

22. Michéal Burns Dr Crokes

23. Joe O’Kelly Austin Stacks

24. Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes

Management Team:

Bainsteoir: Mickey Ned O’Sullivan (Kenmare)

Selectors: John O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks), Peter Keane (St Marys)

There are 7 survivors from the Kerry Minor team that was defeated by Dublin in the All Ireland Semi Final in 2012 namely, Cathal Ó Luing, Padraig Ó Conchúir, Greg Horan, Éanna Ó Conchúir, David Foran, Jack Savage and Conor Keane.

PRO Contact Details

Kerry PRO John O’Leary – pro.kerry@gaa.ie and 086-302 6041

Cork PRO Tracey Kennedy – pro.cork@gaa.ie and 087 1250373

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2013 Team Management Ephie Fitzgerald
(Nemo Rangers – Manager) 

Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Pat Spratt (Buttevant),
Liam Hodnett (St. Finbarr’s), Donal O Sullivan (Castletownbere)

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan (Bainsteoir) 

Peter Keane
(Maor Foirne)

John O’Keeffe
(Selector / Physical Trainer)

2013 Team Captain Stephen Cronin
(Nemo Rangers)
Shane O’Connor
(John Mitchels)
2012 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick in the first round by 3-13 to 0-6 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. 

Lost to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final at
Pairc Ui Chaoimh on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-9

Lost to Tipperary in the first round before qualifying for the Munster Final with victories over Waterford, Limerick and Clare. Lost to Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-14 in the Munster Final. Defeated Roscommon by 1-9 to 0-11 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final by 3-12 to 1-10
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 29 41
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2010 2009
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 43
Won – 26
Lost – 13
Drawn – 4
Played – 51
Won – 38
Lost – 9
Drawn – 4


First Round

Friday April 19th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                              Cork 2-13 Kerry 2-13

Saturday April 20th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8
@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford 3-10 Limerick 3-9


First Round Replay

Friday April 26th
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Cork v Kerry                                                  @ 7:30pm

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 27th
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Limerick                                           @ 7:00pm

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday May 4th


@ TBC                                               Losers of Cork v Kerry and Winners of Clare v Limerick


Venue Permutations
@ Cork venue                                  Cork v Clare
(last meeting in 2011 Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis)

@ Cork venue                                  Cork v Limerick
(last meeting in 2012 First Round at Pairc Ui Rinn)

@ Kerry venue                                 Kerry v Clare
(last meeting in 2012 Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis)

@ Limerick venue                            Kerry v Limerick
(last meeting in 2012 Play-off at the Austin Stack Park Tralee)


Wednesday May 15th


@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Winners of Cork v Kerry v Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Waterford v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Sunday July 7th

@ TBC                                                                                   @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Prior to the drawn first round game on Friday last, Cork and Kerry last finished level in the Munster Minor Football Championship on July 11th 2004 in the Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – 0-9 to 0-9. Cork led by four points with seven minutes remaining but Kerry raised four white flags in the closing stages to earn a draw. Kerry won the replay by 0-13 to 1-7 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh four days later.

Team & Scorers from last Drawn game – 2004 Munster Minor Football Final

Cork: K. O’Halloran; R. Carey, N. Horgan, K. Harrington; M. Shields, E.Cadogan, S. Keohane; A. O’Sullivan, C. Keane; C. Callinan, F. Gould, P.Kerrigan; A. Concannon, D. Goulding, K. Canty.
Subs: D. Crowley for Concannon, J. Halbert for Goulding, F. Lynch for Canty.

Kerry: B. Kealy; P. Reidy, L. Quinn, K. Young; D. Doyle, C. Kelleher, D.O’Connor; B. Moran, R. Keating; M. O’Donoghue, Darran O’Sullivan, P. Curran; B. Dennehy, S. Murphy, J. Buckley.

Subs: M. Evans for Curran, A.Kennelly for Keating, C. O’Leary for Dennehy.

Scorers –
Cork: K. Canty, A. O’Sullivan 0-3 each, D. Goulding (free), C. Callinan, J. Halbert 0-1 each.

Kerry: B. Moran (0-1 free), J. Buckley (frees), M. Evans (frees), M.O’Donoghue 0-2 each, D. O’Sullivan 0-1.

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)


Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry and Tipperary have played 51 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, tied for the most compared to the other four Munster counties.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

Prior to 2012, Kerry’s last defeat in a first round Munster Minor Football Championship game was in March 2002 when they lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-9 at Kilmallock. Kerry avenged that defeat with a 3-16 to 2-6 win over Tipperary in the 2002 Munster Final played at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary are going for 3 Munster Minor Football titles in a row for the first time having won two in a row in 1934 / 1935 and 2011 / 2012.

Tipperary have won their last 7 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship and have won 10 of their last 11 matches over the last three seasons when you include the All-Ireland series.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000