After three consecutive All-Ireland Minor Football titles, it has been widely expected that Kerry are the coming force in gaelic football.
However, the Kingdom have badly struggled at the u21 grade in recent times.
The u21 Munster title last went to the south-west in 2008, and since then Cork and Tipperary have shared the spoils in the province.
However, Kerry emphatically turned things around in the Rebels’ back yard this evening, with a comprehensive 2-16 to 0-06 victory in Páirc Uí Rinn.
Cork U 21s footballers been totally outclassed by Kerry in all areas of the field .17 points down with 10 mins left.
— Anthony Dinan (@anthonydinan) March 29, 2017
Kerry's training ground matches must be more taxing than this. Cork a no-show #EirGridGAA
— Peter McNamara (@PeterMcNamara_) March 29, 2017
Kerry U21s absolutely destroying Cork in the Munster final. Its so one sided it embarrassing
— Gearoid O'Mathuna (@HRHgearoid) March 29, 2017
The reaction in the Rebel County was a pessimistic one.
u21 team taking a hiding from Kerry, Seniors in the wilderness of Div. 2. Minors are the only hope for Cork football this summer.
— Kevin McCarthy (@Carthy123) March 29, 2017
This has to be a very bitter pill to swallow for Cork. Almost as bad as losing to Kerry in hurling…well maybe that's a stretch #EirGridGAA
— Aonghus Ó Maicín (@AonghusOMaicin) March 29, 2017
Meanwhile, Dublin had too much for Offaly in the Leinster decider, beating the Faithful County on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-08.
Both Ulster semi-finals, which were down to be played this evening, were postponed due to unplayable fields.