LIVE: Cork lose Munster final to Kerry despite strong second half showing

June 21st, 2019 11:05 AM

By Southern Star Team

Kerry beat Cork on a scoreline of 1-19 to 3-10

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Peter Keane's men finished stronger in what was a thrilling encounter at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Updated 20:37

Kerry are Munster champions for a seventh time in a row in what was a cracking Munster final. In the end Kerry's forwards were far more clinical with David Clifford and Sean O'Shea proving to hot to handle.

Ronan McCarthy's charges will be hugely disappointed but they should hold their heads high as they look toward the qualifiers. With five minutes to go they were still very much in the game.

What will perhaps jar the most though was Cork's inability to take advantage of the extra man when Paul Geaney was given his marching orders on 52 minutes.

The Cork team huddling after losing the Munster final

Updated 20:33

Back to back Kerry points give the Kingdom a more comfortable lead. Three point game now - deep into injury time.

Updated 20:31

A fabulous interception by Liam O'Donovan inside his own 45 eventually leads to Cork winning a free which Mark Collins converts. One point game. Five added minutes to play

Updated 20:21

Well worked Cork move is finished by Mark Collins. He immediately follows up to make it a two point game with three minutes remaining.

Updated 20:21

Ten minutes left on the clock here in the Munster final. Kerry lead 1-16 to 3-07. Cork not making the extra man count thus far. Floodlights have been switched on. Atmosphere is bubbling. Both sets of fans really enjoying what has been a great second half.

Updated 20:14

Two unanswered points from Kerry to put them two up before Paul Geaney sees red for a late hit on Kevin Flahive. 15 minutes left to play.

Updated 20:09

GOAL FOR CORK!!! Brian Hurley fists one in after a long searching ball from deep - he deserved that one. Cork supporters are going wild. Chants of 'Rebels, Rebels, Rebels' ring out in the Páirc. Game is level. Kerry 1-12 Cork 3-6.

Updated 20:06

Cracking score by Sean White after good steady Cork build up to make it Kerry 1-12, Cork 2-06.

Official attendance is 18,265

Updated 20:01

Cork tails are up - Mark Collins slots a lovely score over and fists pumps to the raucous home support. Three point game now. Five minutes gone in the second half.

Updated 19:57

PENALTY FOR CORK - Luke Connolly steps up and ... scores. Buries it in the top corner. Game on now. Kerry 1-11, Cork 2-4.

Updated 19:41

HT here at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Cork are still within touching distance of the Kingdom - wides will have to be kept to a minimum in the second half if they are to stand any chance of winning this game. Kerry's runners from deep causing real problems for the Cork defence. Cork have had their chances but they haven't been clinical enough in front of goal.

Kerry lead 1-10 to 1-04.

Updated 19:37

A fine save by Mark White prevents Gavin White scoring another goal for Kerry - the way the Cork defence parted like the Red Sea was very worrying though. Second time it's happened. They won't get away with it again.

Updated 19:32

Cork being made to work hard for there scores but they're more than holding their own out there. Mark Collins taps over another free before David Clifford makes it 1-8 to 1-3.

Updated 19:22

GOAL FOR CORK! Luke Connolly palms one in following good work from Ruairi Deane. 1-5 to 1-1.

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15 minutes on the clock and Cork are failing to make their chances count - Ruairi Deane's goal chance from inside the 14 is well saved by Shane Ryan - Kerry lead 1-5 to 1 point.

David Clifford and Sean O'Shea causing plenty of problems for the Cork defence.

Updated 19:11

Mark Collins points from a free to get Cork up and running on the score board. Dara Moynihan gets another for Kerry almost immediately after.

Updated 19:08

Goal for Kerry - Sean O'Shea drives through the heart of the Cork defence before handing it off to an overlapping Tom O'Sullivan who slots it home with ease. 1-3 to 0-0

Updated 19:06

Super point from distance by David Clifford puts Kerry two points to no score up - Cork reply with two quick wides. Five minutes gone.

Updated 19:03

Kerry open the scoring - Sean O'Shea points from a free 14 yards out. The rebels perhaps fortunate not to have conceded a penalty.

Updated: 18: 57

Less than three minutes to throw in - parade is underway

Updated 18:39

Team news just in - two changes for Cork as Luke Connolly replaces Stephen Sherlock and Tomás Clancy is in for Kevin O'Driscoll

Cork: Mark White, Nathan Walsh, James Loughrey, Kevin Flahive, Liam O'Donovan, Sean White, Mattie Taylor, Ian Maguire, Killian O'Hanlon, Paul Kerrigan, Ruairi Deane, Kevin O'Driscoll, Mark Collins, Brian Hurley, Stephen Sherlock

Kerry: Shane Ryan, Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan, Paul Murphy, Jack Sherwood, Gavin White, David Moran, Jack Barry, Diarmuid O'Connor, Sean O'Shea, Stephen O'Brien, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Dara Moynihan

Updated 18:32

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It's prediction time at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with just over 30 minutes to go throw-in. Here's the thoughts of our sports editor Kieran McCarthy:

'Kerry by eight I think. Hopefully we'll see a good performance from Cork so that they have something to build on as we move toward the qualifiers'.

Updated 17:57

With over an hour to go until throw-in in the senior game why not take the time to read this cracking interview by Denis Hurley with Castlehaven's Brian Hurley.

Updated 17:51

Kerry are Munster minor champions following a thrilling victory over Cork - the game finished 3-14 to 2-14. Bobbie O'Dwyer's men can hold their heads up high despite the result.

Updated 17:49

We're into injury time and Kerry look like they have this sewn up - three points clear. Cork players struggling to keep up with the pace

Updated 17:45

Kerry lead by a point with under a minute to go

Updated 17:43

Four minutes to go and another cracking score from Michael O'Neill moves the Rebels to within a point. We're set up nicely for a grandstand finish

Updated 17:40

The Cork tails are up - fantastic score from Michael O'Neill gets a huge cheer from the Rebel supporters. Kerry lead 3-11 to 2-12

Updated 17:33

Goal chance goes amiss for Cork as Conor Corbett opts to tap it over - three point game now

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Another Kerry goal, this time scored by Kevin Goulding making it Kerry 3-8 to Cork's 2-8.

Updated 17:18

Cork strike first in the second half to move to within a point of Kerry. Captain Conor Corbett the scorer.

Updated 17:06

It's half-time in the curtain raiser here at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with the Kingdom leading by two points.

We want to hear your thoughts and predictions for the senior game that throws in at 7pm. Get in touch in the comments section on this Facebook post.

Updated 16:58

We're live now from Páirc Uí Chaoimh and as we approach half time in the minor match it's currently Kerry who lead by 2-8 to 2-5

Updated: 13:45

'When Mark Collins was only four years old, he was already front page news.

On the September 24th, 1994 edition of The Southern Star, baby-faced Mark posed in Castlehaven colours, the socks pulled up to his knees, on page one. He was the club mascot for that year’s Cork SFC final against O’Donovan Rossa. Standing beside him was six-year-old Colm O’Driscoll, the Skibb club’s mascot and a future inter-county team-mate.'

Check out Star Sport editor Kieran McCarthy's feature on Castlehaven's Mark Collins by clicking here.

Updated 11:20

The Kerry team to face Cork in this evening's Munster final


Welcome to our Munster final live blog where we will be posting news and updates throughout the day ahead of throw in.

Already Ronan McCarthy has been forced to make three changes to his starting 15 with injuries forcing out centre back Thomas Clancy and both Eoghan McSweeney and John O’Rourke in attack, while in come Sean White in defence and Kevin O’Driscoll and Stephen Sherlock in the forwards.

The Cork team is as follows: Mark White (Clonakilty); Nathan Walsh (Douglas), James Loughrey (Mallow), Kevin Flahive (Douglas); Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty), Sean White (Clonakilty), Mattie Taylor (Mallow); Ian Maguire (St Finbarr's) (Captain), Killian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig); Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues), Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh); Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven), Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).

Subs: Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers), Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), Peter Murphy (Bandon), Aidan Browne (Newmarket), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers), Cian Kiely (Ballincollig), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Paul Walsh (Kanturk), Ronan O’Toole (Eire Og), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven), Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers).

While you're here why not check out this interview with Cork talisman Ruairi Deane or listen to our pre-matcch podcast featuring Castlehaven's Brian Hurley.

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