Joy for Kerry Heartbreak for Cork

Joy for Kerry Heartbreak for Cork.

Kerry 2-14 Cork 3-10

After their TG4 encounters of the 2 previous week-ends,
when both counties had big wins over Clare and big losses
to Waterford, it was obvious that the Corkv Kerry encounter
would be close and so it proved to be. The showdown between
Cork and Kerry was played on a beautifully prepared pitch
in Carrigaline on Saturday evening and over the hour it
proved to be a cracker. In the end just a point separated
these great rivals and Cork were out and left to rue the
many scoring chances spurned in the first half. Cork missed
at least half a dozen clear cut chances while in their few
raids Kerry made them count where it mattered most on the
scoreboard Two of those scores proved decisive, and they
were goals from Katie Kenneally and Noreen Fealy. In between
Susan Power gave Cork hope when she dived forward to steer
a cross to the net after Maria O’Neill had given Cork the
lead with the opening point A succession of points by Geraldine
O’Shea saw Kerry lead at the break by 2-08 to 1-05 with
Julie Murphy keeping Cork in touch with frees after 2 narrow

Quick start.

Kerry made a quick start and jumped into a 7 point lead
shortly after the break an Cork looked dommed. Then a tremendous
move right through the field which saw Briege Corkery clinically
finish to the net tuned the game around. It was all Cork
after that and they stormed the Kerry goal When Julie Murphy
intercepted an attempted pass from the Kerry keeper Andrea
O; Donoghue and slotted into an empty net the margin was
reduced to just 2 points. Geraldine o’Shea made it a 3 point
margin a Julie Murphy free and a point from, Sub Tara Galvin
closed the gap again to a point. Cork had several opportunities
and right at the death Geraldine O’Flynn’s shot hit the
post and Cork were denied the draw their comeback deserved.
Kerry were through and Cork were out fore another year.
They have no need though to feel down because they contributed
handsomely to a great game of football.

After concding 2 goals in the first half Elaine Harte played
brilliantly after that Elaine O’Riordan shacked Kacey O’Driscoll
well. When Laura Power reverted back to fullback to mark
Geraldine O’Shea she did very well for a girl of 15. Rena
Buckley was solid at half back, with Catriona Foley getting
in some fine clearances. Julie Murphy contributed a lot
at midfield and Norita Kelly gave her great help. Up front
Cork never translated their possession into scores. Regina
Curtin was back to her best and did an amount of work at
centre forward while Briege Corkery another tireless worker
Geraldine o’Flynn and Maria O’Neill took their scores well.
Kerry were best served by Jackie Murnane Caroline Kelly
in defence Evelyn and Edel O’Connel held their own at midfield
while up front Geraldine O’Shea, Noreen Fealy, Katie Kenneally
and Kacey O’Driscoll were most prominent.

Kerry scorers. Geraldine O’Shea 0-10,(0- 2 frees.) Katie
Kennealy 1-2, Kacey O’Driscoll 0-02 Noreen Fealy 1-0. Cork
Julie Murphy 1-05 (0-5 frees) Briege Corkey 1-1. Susan Power
1-0. Geraldien O’Flynn 0-2. Maria O’Neill 0-1 Tara Galvin

Elaine Harte, Brid Stack, Karen O’Sullivan Elaine O’Riordan,
Catriona Foley, Rena Buckley Laura Power Nortia Kelly. Julie
Murphy Capt. Geraldine O’Flynn , , Regina Curtin, Maria
O’Neill, Briege Corkery, Susan Power, Jean Lucey Caoimhe
Creedon, Elaine Cotter, Claire 0’Donoghue, Louise Murphy,
Aisling O’Connor, Sile Burns. Niamh Keohane

Kerry Andres O’Donoghue, Riona Ni Chinneide, Grainne
ni Flahatra, Jackie Murnane, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Caroline
Kelly, Denise Shanahan, Evelyn O’Connell, Edel O’Connell,
Katie Kenneally, Noreen Fealy, Patrice Dennehy, Deirdre
Fenton, Geraldien O’Shea capt, Kacey O’Driscoll, Sarah O’Connor,
Deirdre Corriden.

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