Kerry and Cork must meet again to decide who goes forward to meet Tipperary in the Bank of Ireland Munster football final after drawing 0-08 to 0-08 in front of more than 30,000 at Killarney this afternoon. The free-taking skills of Colin Corkery and Dara Ó Sé were tested to the full as chances were few and far between in miserable conditions and in the end both teams will feel satisfied with a draw and another showdown in the coming weeks.
Cork took the early initiative with defenders Eoin Sexton, Ciaran O'Sullivan and Ronan McCarthy excelling, while Nicholas Murphy was outstanding in the centre with Corkery giving Seamas Moynihan a horrid time at full back. Cork were four points clear with 23 minutes gone before Kerry opened their account with a point from Mike Frank Russell and the same player halved the deficit with another superb point from a free.
Moynihan was then switched to midfield alongside Dara Ó Sé with Dara Ó Cinnéide coming on as Kerry came back into the game. Corkery remained Cork's main threat scoring five of his side's points, while Frank Russell went one better with six for The Kingdom. Kerry led briefly in the closing ten minutes only for Brendan Ger O'Sullivan to equalise for Cork and Corkery hit an equally good point off his left foot from 40 yards to give The Rebel County a lead with six minutes remaining. However, Russell salvaged a deserved draw for the Munster champions with the final score in the closing minutes to force a replay.
The date, time and venue for the replay will be known tomorrow following a meeting between the Munster Council and the Games Administration Committee of the GAA.
Filed by Shane Murray