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12th, May, 2013
Thriller in CIT as Cork and Kerry ends all square in Munster U14 Final
Cork 6-9 Kerry 5-12
With the Cork and Kerry Senior Teams claiming Tesco Homegrown National League Honours in the Division 1 and 2 Finals respectively in Parnell Park, Dublin it was left to the U14s to serve up a thriller on Leeside as both counties sought to claim a second title of the day in CIT on Saturday 11th May.
With Munster Championship honours up for grabs Cork and Kerry went toe to toe, score for score in a contest that was a credit to the players from both teams who put on a tremendous display of skill, passion and endeavour in a match that kept everyone in the sizable attendance on the edge of their seats until Referee Kevin Martin sounded the final whistle to signal a dramatic draw at it’s conclusion.
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half Cork took the game to the Kingdom in the opening exchanges and soon registered the opening point of the game. Kerry showed that they were going to be a force to be reckoned with when they responded with a goal and a point to lay down an early marker of their credentials.
Cork responded with a point and then their first green flag of the day to regain the lead. Making good use of their wind advantage the young Rebelettes added four unanswered points to stretch their lead but another point and a goal from the Kingdom left just the minimum between the sides with the half time whistle approaching.
Having played with the advantage of a strong breeze and dominating for long periods Cork now faced the prospect of turning into the second period with only a single point lead but two quick goals in the final minutes of the half (one from a penalty) swung the pendulum back in the Cork girls favour as the half time whistle sounded with Cork leading by 3-6 to 2-3.
An early goal in the second half extended Cork’s lead but Kerry responded in the best possible manner scoring two goals and a brace of points to once again turn the contest on it’s head drawing level with almost twenty minutes remaining.
With the wind at their backs it seemed that the momentum had swung back in the Kingdom’s favour but this Cork team showed they have guts and character in spades as they fought tooth and nail to turn the Kerry tide.
In a finely balanced contest the lead swung one way then the other as both sides fought to gain the ascendency. Kerry now playing with a strong wind behind them were growing in confidence as they gained control around the middle sector and now with a lead on the scoreboard they pressed for home with the finish line in sight.
Trailing the they entered the final minutes of an exhausting contest Cork surged forward in search of a score to rescue their Munster Championship ambitions and were rewarded when they secured the pointed score of the game to tie the match seconds before the final whistle.
In a free scoring game that saw 11 goals and 21 points from two teams that displayed great skill, character and commitment a draw was probably a fair result on the night of drama and exciting that was a great spectacle for ladies football and a game the neither side deserve to lose.
Well done to the young girls from Cork and Kerry teams who can be very proud of the display they put on in a game that ended all square with Cork 6-9 to Kerry 5-12.
A replay and another exciting chapter in the Cork-Kerry rivalry awaits for both sides and the many supporters that were lucky enough to witness the latest instalment in CIT.
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