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21st, Apr, 2013
Cork Retain U16 Munster Title with hard fought victory over Kingdom
Cork 2-8 Kerry 2-4
Austin Park, Tralee was the venue on Sat 20th April for the Munster U16A Final between two great rivals Cork and Kerry.
Even though Cork had won the first round encounter between the sides comfortably the Kerry team they met on this occasion were a completely different challenge and what ensued was a contest full of passion, committment and endeavour from both sides as they went toe to toe with the outcome remaining in doubt up to the final minutes.
With every ball fiercely contested scores were always going to be difficult to come by with neither side being able to open up a lead of more than a point or two throughout the game. Two early points from the Rebels were cancelled by Kerry's first goal of the day as the first half unfolded. Trailing for the first time in the game Cork continued to take the game to Kerry and were rewarded when they scored a fine goal to edge back in front.
Points were exchanged as the arm wrestle continued, Cork dominating the possession stakes but finding a resolute Kerry defence extremly difficult to break down.
The half time whistle sounded after an absorbing first half with the Rebels leading by 1-3 to 1-1.
The opening exchanges of the second half saw both sides locked in a battle to gain the ascendency, the pendulum swung in the Kingdoms favour when they scored their second goal of the day to once again regain the lead.
The game was now firmly in the melting pot with Kerry throwing down the gaunlet to their opponents, asking serious questions of this Cork team. Digging deep, the Cork girls showed great character, guts and determination as they refused to yield, responding with their second goal to regain the lead.
The contest continued to ebb and flow as points were exchanged with the lead changing hands as the game enter the final quarter.
A couple of late scores from the Rebels finally swung the game in their favour as the lead stretched to four points before Referee Jimmy Butler (Tipperary) sounded the full time whistle to signal the end of a great contest between two proud Counties.
Cork were deserving victors in the end but they were made the fight every step of the way to retain their Munster U16 title in a contest that could have gone either way with both teams showing huge committment and pride.