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14th, Jul, 2013
Kingdom end Cork’s reign in Munster Final classic
Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15
Cork and Kerry squared off in a Munster Final showdown in glorious sunshine in Castletownroche on Sat 13th July with both teams serving up some sizzling football before the Kingdom finally broke Cork’s stranglehold on the Munster title with a one point victory to end the Rebel’s hope of landing a 10th successive Munster title.
Having overcome the Rebels in their round robin encounter in Cahirciveen a couple of weeks earlier Kerry came into the Munster Final decider with confidence and momentum and they continued their rich vein of form with an impressive display of tireless defending and effective finishing to land their first Munster title since 2003.
In a contest that swung one way then the other throughout it was the Kingdom who had the better of tight opening half converting their scoring opportunities with more efficiency than the Cork girls who trailed by 0-7 to 0-5 after 27minutes having missed 5 consecutive chances in a period where they dominated the possession stakes. Munster Final debutant Martina Ó Brien (Clonakilty) who had a fine game throughout denied Kerry their first goal opportunity when she deflected a Deirdre Corridan shot for a point in the opening 10 minutes of the half and from there on the teams swapped scores in an absorbing battle for supremacy. Orlagh Finn pointed on the stroke of half time to cut Kerry’s lead to a single point with the score on 0-6 to 0-7.
Cork switched Angela Walsh to midfield at the start of the second half and the Inch Rovers stalwart made an immediate impact as the Rebels tied up the game within a minute of the restart with a point from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla. Kerry responded with points from Deirdre Corridan and Sarah Houlihan before Cork again drew level with points from Orlagh Farmer and Orla Finn.
With the game opening up and both teams giving it their all Cork struck for the first goal of the game when Briege Corkery surged upfield to get on the end of a great Cork move to fire home past Kerry keeper Edel Murphy to give Cork the lead for the first time in the game. Kerry responded immediately with a Bernie Breen point to cut the margin to two. The game swung back in Kerry’s favour when a Patrice Dennehy goal edged the Kingdom back in front by 1-12 to 1-10 with the game entering the final quarter.
Cork edged back in front by 2 points with ten minutes remaining courtesy of three pointed frees from Geraldine O’ Flynn but Kerry were finishing strongly and regained the lead as the game entered the final minutes. Cork keeper Martina Ó Brien brought off two excellent saves in the dying minutes to keep the Rebels in the match but their hopes of retaining the Munster title were cruelly dashed when a long range free from Geraldine Ó Flynn came back off the upright with seconds remaining in the game.
A dramatic end to a great game of football in which Kerry were deserving winners on a day which showcased the best in Ladies Football.
The Kingdom have shown that they will be serious contenders for All Ireland honours later in the year but this Cork team still remain in the Championship race and they showed yesterday and on many occasions over the last decade that they are a proud Champion team who still have the talent and commitment at the highest level and will not relinquish their All Ireland without one hell of a fight.
A fantastic summer of Ladies Football action lies in store as the contenders step up to challenge the Rebel’s grip on the Brendan Martin All Ireland Cup.
M. Ó Brien (Clonakilty), A. M. Walsh Capt. (Inch Rovers), B. Stack (Liscarroll), D. Ó Reilly (Liscarroll), B. Corkery (St. Vals), A. Walsh (Inch Rovers), G. Ó Flynn (Liscarroll), A. Walsh (Inch Rovers), R. Buckley (Donoughmore), N. Cleary (Gabriel Rangers), D. Ó Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O. Farmer (Midleton), V. Mulcahy (Rockbán), R. Ní Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionbarra) O. Finn (Kinsale)
Subs – E. Farmer (Aghada) for O.Finn , C. Ó Sullivan for A. Walsh