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23rd, Jun, 2013
Kerry lay down marker for TG4 All Ireland Championship
Kerry 3-10 Cork 3-8An impressive display from Kerry in their first round Senior Munster Championship victory over Cork in Cahirciveen on Sunday 23rd June laid down a marker for the upcoming TG4 All Ireland Championship. On a day when the windy conditions made football difficult for both teams the sizeable attendance were treated to an excellent game of football between two evenly matched football teams however, the home side were deserving winners in a contest that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the final kick.
In their first competitive meeting since the 2012 All Ireland Final the Division 1 and Division 2 Tesco Homegrown Champions went head to head as both sides looked to get their 2013 campaign off to a winning start.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half it was the visitors who got off the mark first with a point from Orla Finn followed by a goal from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla however Kerry taking full advantage of the wind soon had matters all square adding two pointed frees (Sarah Houlihan and Louise Ní Mhuirtceartaigh) before Deirdre Corridan adn Louise Galvin pointed from play. With Cork struggling to win their own kick outs against the strong wind Kerry continued to press home their advantage scoring another 4 unanswered points from minor star Sarah Houlihan (free), Laura Rogers, Bernie Breen and Louise Ní Mhuirtceartaigh. Cork looked dangerous on the break and were denied a goal in the 21st minute by a great save from Kerry keeper Edel Murphy who had an outstanding day between the posts however an alert Valarie Mulcahy was on hand shortly afterwards to pounce on the rebound from another Murphy save to raise Cork’s second green flag. The Cork goal gave the Rebels some respite from the Kerry onslaught as they went on to create two more goalscoring opportunities before half time again being denied by saves from the inspired Kerry keeper. Two points from Kerry substitute Patrice Dennehy completed the first half scoring with the Kingdom leading at the short whistle by 0-10 to 2-1.
Points from Geraldine Ó Flynn, Orla Finn Angela Walsh and Nollaig Cleary had the Rebels back in front by the 10th minute but Kerry struck at the midway point of the half for the first of their 3 second half goals when corner forward Louise Ní Mhuirtceartaigh gave Cork keeper no chance when she got on the end of a sweeping Kerry move to push the Kingdom back in front. Cork responded with two pointed frees from Nollaig Cleary to draw level and were unlucky not to goal when Valarie Mulcahy hit the croosbar and post. A goal at this juncture could have swung the pendulum in the Rebels favour but Kerry responded in the best possible manner when Louise Ní Mhuirtceartaigh got on the end of a crossfield pass to fist home from close range. A rasping shot from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla scraped over the crossbar when a goal looked certain as now the game swung from end to end in the dying minutes of an absorbing contest. Kerry’s third goal from substitute Megan Ó Connell in the 28th minute ended Cork’s chances of victory however a great finish by Emma Farmer who goaled injury time cut the deficit to just two points before Referee Jason Mullins brought an end to proceedings.
Cork will now need to regroup before their 2nd round game with Clare on Friday 28th of June which will be a must win game for the Rebels if they want to keep their hope of defending their Munster and All Ireland title alive.
E. Harte, A.M. Walsh Capt, B. Stack, A. Barrett, B. Corkery, D. Ó Reilly, G. Ó Flynn, A. Walsh, R. Buckley, O. Farmer, A. Walsh, O. Finn, V. Mulcahy, R. Ní Bhuachalla, N. Cleary
Substitutes – D Ó Sullivan for N. Cleary, E. Farmer for O. Finn