Kingdom’s banking power ignites the boost in victory in the U-20 decision in Münster


The substitution of three Kerry substitutes ended this Munster U-20FC final after a dismal first half which saw both sides lead 3-0. Both Seán Brady (No 7) for Cork and Tommy Cronin (Kerry) didn’t have chances to score in the first half but it was a tough period with some terrible mistakes by both sides.

Homas O’Donnell’s goal in the 32nd minute was a great move involving Dylan Geaney, Keith Evans and Evan Looney to give Kerry a 1-3, 0-4 lead. Cork stayed in touch in the 53rd minute with a point from Alan Walsh that seemingly put the match on a razor’s edge, 1-5 to 0-7.

However, Kerry’s substitutes Gearóid Hassett, Jordan Kissane and Jack O’Connor all scored two points and eventually inspired Kerry to their double win, while Evan Looney, along with Ruairí Murphy in midfield, produced impressive performances for the winners.

Despite the nature of their win, Kerry’s leadership team, led by Declan O’Sullivan, will know they need to be much sharper in their All-Ireland semi-final against Ulster champions Tyrone after accumulating eleven wides in a tactical battle against Tralees Austin Stack Park.

The first half was disappointing as both teams pushed forward and therefore the score was very high.

The Kingdom started brilliantly as Keith Evans scored the first point within a minute, but Cork were soon level with Ryan O’Donovan, who shot over after a succinct pass from wing-back Brady.

Cork’s plan was to attack Kerry, but the kingdom’s defenses were solid, with Enda O’Connor, Joey Nagle and Armin Heinrich all outstanding.

Up front, both districts rotated the ball regularly and gave away good possession.

Although the sides were level in the 53rd minute, it was Kerry’s bench who proved the match winner as Cork grew tired.

That provincial success puts Kerry one spot ahead of Cork in their 29th U-20/U-21 honors title.


Kerry: TO O’Donnell 1-1; G Hassett, J O’Connor, J Kissane 0-2 each; R Murphy, E Looney, D Geaney (f), K Evans 0-1 each.

Cork: R O’Donovan 0-2; C O’Hanlon (f), C Walsh, H Murphy, A Walsh, S Brady 0-1 each.


KERRY- D burns; D O’Callaghan, A Dineen, J Nagle; E O’Connor, A Heinrich, T Cronin; R Murphy, S O’Brien; K Evans, T O’Donnell, E Looney; K Goulding, C Burke, D Geaney. Substitutes: A Curran for Cronin (inj ht), G Hassett for Goulding (42), J O’Connor for Evans (47), T Doyle for O’Brien (48), J Kissane for O’Donnell (55).

CORK – C Dungan; Lordan N, O’Driscoll J, Peet D; D Cashman, T Walsh, R O’Sullivan; K Scannell, A Walsh; H Murphy, S Brady, D O’Mahony; R. O’Donovan, C. Walsh, C. O’Hanlon. Substitutes: A Walsh-Murphy for O’Sullivan (29, temporary), L O’Connell for Hanlon (ht), P O’Driscoll for O’Mahony (43), F Fenner for Scannell (47), E Walsh for C Walsh (57), C. Daly for Brady (58).

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