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27th, May, 2013
Courage, character and class seal U14 Munster Final Replay victory for Rebels
Cork 6-6 Kerry 3-6
Abbeydorney in North Kerry was the venue for the much anticipated U14 Munster Final replay between great rivals Cork and Kerry on Sunday 26th May and like the thriller that played out in CIT two weeks previously this game again showcased all the drama, skill, passion, courage and commitment that makes ladies football such a wonderful spectacle. On the night Cork’s character was again tested to the full by a Kerry team that over the course of the two games have done themselves and their county proud before finally succumbing to ability of the Cork girls to score goals at crucial stages in their games.
Winning the toss the Cork girls elected to play with the advantage of a strong wind at their backs in the first half scoring an early point to grab a lead that they would not regain again until midway through the second half.
Kerry soon responded to Cork’s opening score enjoying their most productive spell of the game notching up 3-1 to Cork’s 0-1 to open up an eight point advantage by the midway point of the half. Cork dug deep and slowly but surely fought their way back into the contest dominating the second quarter scoring 2-2 without reply to tie the game at 2-4 to 3-1 at the half time whistle.
The Kingdom started the second half in determined fashion taking full advantage of the strong wind at their backs to score three points in the opening minutes of the half to once again seize the initiative. Drawing on all the reserves of character, guts and class they needed to force a replay in the drawn game the Cork girls picked themselves up off the canvas and met the challenge head on.
With their half backline surging into the game and their running game clicking into gear the young rebels responded with two points to cut the Kerry lead to a single point with the game now firmly in the melting pot. Some missed chances from the Kerry girls were to prove costly as they failed to capitalise on their territorial advantage at the midway point of the second half.
Clinical finishing from the Cork girls in the final quarter proved decisive as they went on to raise three green flags and finally wrest the title from the grasp of a very gallant Kerry team who gave it everything but on the night just could not put away a Cork side that refused to be beaten.
When Referee Jason Mullins (Limerick) sounded the final whistle the Cork girls had emerged victorious on a score of 6-6 to 3-6 but both teams deserved huge credit for the two fantastic games they served up in the Final and Replay which combined yielded a tally of 20-33 testament to the skill levels of both teams.
G. Goold (Kinsale), E. McAndrew (Douglas), S. Hurley (Bandon), F. Cahill (Cloyne), C. McCarthy (St. Vals), C. Ryan (Clonakilty), C. Hughes (St. Vals), J.B. Dinan (Donoughmore), C. Cottrell (Newmarket), K. Hannon (Glanmire), I O’ Regan (Nemo Rangers), G. Culloty Capt. (Bride Rovers), E. McEveney (Passage West), S. Noonan (Nemo Rangers), S. O’ Leary (Kinsale), A.Twohig (Mourneabbey), A. R. O’ Rourke (Donoughmore), M. Leneghan (St. Michaels), G. Cahalane (Eire Óg), G. Collins (Eire Óg), C. Collins (Dromtarriffe), C. Moran (Aghada), A. Downey (Douglas), C. Ó Shea (Beara), K. Kelly (Beara), E. Cleary (Eire Óg), A. Ó Callaghan (Mourneabbey), C. O’ Keeffe (Dromtarriffe), N. Quinn (Bandon), R. Whelton (Clann Na Gael)
E. McGlynn (Fossa), K. O’ Connor (Glenflesk), F. Ó Donoughue (Fossa), N. Ó Connell (Na Gaeil), S. Leahy (Legion), L. Coughlan Capt. (Rathmore), M. Flaherty (Moyvane), E. McCarthy (Kerins O’ Rahillys), E. Mohan (Legion), F. Tangney (Legion), L. Henry (Listowel Emmets), R. Murphy (Legion), A. Ó Callaghan (Rathmore), C. Griffin (Corca Dhuibhne), E. Dineen (Glenflesk), D. Mangan (Austin Stacks), C. Ní Chonchuir (Corca Dhuibhne), S. Burns (Dr. Crokes), H. Ó Donoughue (Fossa), L. Walmsley (Castleisland Desmonds), A. Logan (Glenflesk), K. McCarthy (Currow), Y. Ó Shea (Cromane), C. Shannon (Finuge St. Senans), M. Walsh (Duagh), S. Kennedy (Listowel Emmets), A. McCannon (Brosnan John Mitchels), B. Ryan ( Rathmore), C. Murphy (Milltown), K. Maher (Kilcummin)
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