Kerry maintained their grip on the Munster Junior Football Championship on Wednesday night, but were pushed all the way by a battling Cork side.
The Kingdom completed a double over the Rebels, having beaten them in the senior final last weekend, but the events at Austin Stack Park were far closer than the comprehensive Kerry victory at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) June 27, 2018
Having gone 1-01 down as early as the first minute, Cork had to rally and get their bearings from a very early stage. They did that and, having settled into the tie, came roaring back into it and were neck-and-neck with Kerry for much of the evening.
However, Kerry did just enough to secure the victory in the end, winning by a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-15, and in doing so have now won the Munster Junior Championship for the fifth year running (defeating Cork in all five finals).
Having gone on to win the All-Ireland Junior Championship in three of those last four years, Jimmy Keane’s side will take some beating as they look to push on and retain the trophy.