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Key Talking Points As Cork Make Kerry Sweat For Seven-In-A-Row

Cork 3-10

Kerry 1-19

Every man and his dog had written off Cork before this one but credit to Ronan McCarthy’s side who put in a strong showing in Páirc Uí Chaoimh against Kerry in the Munster SFC final.

Kerry prevailed in the end by three points but it was a completely different performance from Cork compared to last year’s final where they crumbled following a promising opening 15 minutes.

This time Cork got off to a disastrous start only to rally back midway through the first half and push Kerry all the way.

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Here are our key talking points following Kerry’s Munster SFC final win.

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Kerry’s Fast Start 

The Kingdom started like a house on fire and looked to have killed the game early following Tom O’Sullivan’s sixth-minute goal. After 15 minutes, Kerry led Cork by 1-5 to 0-1.

Cork looked very laboured at times as Kerry seemed to continually waltz through their defence.

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Cork’s Lifeline

Just when it looked as though Kerry were going to run away with this one Cork were handed a lifeline on 19 minutes when Luke Connolly palmed over Shane Ryan’s head and into the Kerry goal to bring them to within four points.

Cork were able to kick on and stay within touching distance throughout the remainder of the half.

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Tom O’Sullivan

The Kerry corner-back had a very productive opening 35 minutes hitting 1-1 as well as continually driving forward and turning defence into attack. It’s almost a pity that O’Sullivan is needed in the Kerry full-back line because he looks like he could be one of the top wing-backs in the country.

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Cork Missed Chances

The Rebels will rue a series of missed chances in the opening half including three gilt-edged goal chances. By the 26th minute, Cork had converted just three chances from ten shots while Kerry had converted all eleven of their attempts in the first half.

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Kerry’s Leaky Defence

Peter Keane’s side coughed up four goal chances in the first half alone. Luke Connolly scored one and missed one. Shane Ryan made a good save from Ruairi Deane while Mark Collins had his chance denied by a colossal block from Tadhg Morley. The game could have had a totally different outlook had they converted these chances.

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David Clifford’s Skill

The prodigious talent showed everyone what he was about displaying a lovely piece on inventive skill to create a goal opportunity midway through the first half. Take a look at this one.

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Ruairi Deane 

Cork’s centre-forward was yet again their most impressive performer. The number 11 looks almost disinterested when in possession such is his languid style of play, however, his ability to dance side to side through the Kerry defence on multiple occasions caused the Kingdom problems.

Waltzed through the Kerry defence on 45 minutes but shot for goal when he possibly should have fisted over the bar, overall though, a solid showing yet again.

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Entertaining Opening Half

Many were expecting his game to possibly be over by half-time but Cork were able to stay within touching distance at half-time going in six points down (1-4 to 1-10). Overall it was a highly entertaining first half in most part due to each teams’ defence coughing up multiple goal opportunities.

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Cork’s Second Half Start

Sean O’Shea hit the first score of the second half to nudge Kerry seven in front but Cork rallied with a strong couple of minutes yielding 1-1 to get back to within three points of their rivals.

Luke Connolly grabbed his second goal from the penalty spot after Killian O’Hanlon was fouled in the square following a strong run from midfield. Mark Cooper then pointed following some great work from the Cork forwards to spark the Rebel crowd into life.

Brian Hurley, who had been relatively quiet, then flicked to the goal for Cork’s third three-pointer to level things up heading into the final 20 minutes.

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The Munster Fail We All Wanted But Never Expected

Not many give Cork a chance in this one but credit to Ronan McCarthy’s side who hung with their Munster rivals throughout which made for a highly entertaining Munster final, something that not many expected.

Fair play to Cork for showing a lot of fight in what has been a difficult year for Gaelic football in the Rebel County.

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Kerry Better For The Challenge But Won’t Scare Anybody

Peter Keane’s side will come out of this one better having been pushed all the way by Cork. However, the fact that they conceded three goals as well as a plethora of chances that Cork missed won’t spark fear into anyone.

Kerry still look a long way off challenging Dublin.

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