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Kerry Comprehensively Defeat Cork In Munster SFC Final

It’s six provincial titles in a row for The Kingdom after today’s clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side were heavily fancied to prevail on Saturday evening, having destroyed Clare by a margin of 22 points in the semi-finals. Cork for their part had a strong win over Tipperary to call on heading into today, but they were ultimately always up against it.

The Rebels did have a storming start to proceedings on home soil however, with early goals from Jamie O’Sullivan and Mark Collins going in either side of a response from Stephen O’Brien.

Cork led 2-01 to 1-02 after 13 minutes, but that would be the extent of their brief stay atop the scoreboard.

James O’Donoghue, Kevin Crowley and Sean O’Shea combined to give Kerry a three point lead with 20 minutes gone. Kerry would go on to score four more unanswered points to go in at the break seven points to the good, leading 1-11 to 2-01.

Paul Geaney scored Kerry’s second goal immediately after the restart to hammer home the visitors’ advantage, with Cork having not responded since the opening ten minutes.

Luke Connolly’s free on the 45′ mark snapped Cork’s dry spell, but with a 13 point deficit to overcome, they were playing for pride with around 25 minutes to go.

Five straight points reestablished Kerry’s dominance, before Geaney got his third just before the end of the 70, completing his excellent 2-5 tally.

Barry John Keane got a score for Kerry in added time to add injury to insult, extending the final lead to 17 points on a scoreline of 3-18 to 2-04.

Current All-Ireland champions Dublin face Laois in the Leinster final tomorrow afternoon, but on this evidence, the Dubs have it all to do to retain the Sam Maguire Cup for the fourth year running.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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