This is how the semi-finals of the U20 football championship in Münster went on Monday evening.
Kerry 1-11 Clare 0-8
Cillian Burke took Kerry closer to Munster’s fourth U-20 title in six seasons with a 42nd-minute goal in Miltown Malbay to pave the way to the final with Cork.
Burke’s goal initiated a second-half blitz that saw Kindgom’s men score unanswered 6-1 to Clare, securing a spot in next Monday’s decider.
In the first half, the Banner had established a 6-0, 4-0 half-time lead with goals from Thomas Meenaghan and Seán McNamara along with rouine cousins Ennistymon Brendy and Eoin.
However, their momentum faltered when Kerry went 1-6 while trotting, with Burke (1-2) and Kevin Goulding (0-2) doing the most damage in a 15-minute blitz.
While Clare fought off Brian McNamara, Fionn Kelleher and the Rouines, it was too little, too late.
Goalscorers – Kerry: C. Burke 1-2; D. Geaney 0-4 (1f); K Goulding 0-3; D Byrnes (f), T O’Donnell each 0-1. Klara: J Rafferty, E Rouine, B Rouine (1f) 0-2; T Meenaghan, S McNamara 0-1 each.
Kerry: D burns; J Nagle, A Dineen, D O’Callaghan, E O’Connor, A Heinrich, T Cronin; R Murphy, S O’Brien; Burke C, O’Donnell T, Looney E; D Geaney, K Goulding, W Shine. Subtitle: K Evans for Shine (39), T Doyle for Looney (45), A Curran for Cronin (50), G Hassett for Goulding (51), C Ryan for O’Brien (55).
Klara: O O’Loughlin; E Casey, F Guinnane, C McMahon; O Cunningham, F Kelleher, E Walsh; B. McNamara, E. Rouine; M Garry, B Rouine, S Griffin; Rafferty J, McNamara S, Meenaghan T. Subtitle: C Meaney for Rafferty (42), J Moloney for Guinane (49), C McGroary for Garry (50), C Mahony for Meenaghan (52), G Downes for Griffin (59).
Referee: J Ryan (Cork).
Corks 2-15 Limerick 0-5
Cork reached Munster’s Under-20 football final when a two-minute blitz early in the second half opened a gap that Limerick was never able to bridge at Ballyagran.
The Rebels didn’t have a will of their own before the break, however, as the home side kept the goal and secured a connection with a counterattack. In fact, Cork scored the most goals in three minutes around the quarter mark before Limerick clawed back two frees and were 0-6, 0-4 at half-time.
Hugh Murphy’s goal from a throw-in and a short kickout augured Limerick’s disaster and when Ryan O’Donoghue awarded a penalty the Rebels began a procession of goals to the final whistle, only interrupted by Cormac Woulfe, who handed Limerick’s only Point out of the game four minutes before the end.
Goalscorers – Cork: R O’Donoghue 1-7 (1-0pen, 2f, 2’45); C. Hanlon 0-4 (1m); H Murphy 1-0; D O’Mahony 0-2; C Daly, P O’Driscoll each 0-1. Limerick: E. Rigter 0:2 (2f); Darragh Murray (’45), David O’Shaughnessy (f), C Woulfe each 0-1.
Cork: C Dungan; J O’Driscoll, T Walsh, D Peet; D Cashman, N Lordan, S Brady; K Scannell, A Walsh; RO’Sullivan, C Walsh, H Murphy; R. O’Donovan, C. Hanlon, D. O’Mahony. Subtitle: A Walsh-Murphy for O’Mahony (44), P O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan (47), C Daly for Murphy (51), E Walsh for C Walsh (55), F Fenner for Scannell (56).
Limerick: S. O’Connell; E McGrath, P Holian, R O’Connor; S Kilbridge, A Neville, C Woulfe; P McMahon, D Murray; J Baynham, E Rigter, C Ó Duinn; K Mullins, D Bridgeman, D O’Shaughnessy. Subtitle: S O’Donoghue for Mullins (ht), Z McCarthy for Ó Duinn (37), C McGrath for McMahon (39), M Cremins for Kilbridge (47), T Donovan for Bridgeman (51).
Referee: N Quinn (Clare).
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/u-20-gaelic-football/munster-u-20-football-semi-final-round-up-kerry-and-cork-advance-to-final-41564669.html Munster U-20 Football Semi-Finals: Kerry and Cork advance to the final