A Colin Corkery inspired Cork overcame Kerry by 0-15 to 1-09 this evening to book their place in the Munster final against Tipperary. Cork, playing with the wind in the first half went behind to an early Dara O Cinneide free. They replied with some style through a brace of points from Corkery and one from Martin Cronin before O Cinneide pointed from another free to reduce the deficit to a single point.
Cork were playing with greater urgency though and stretched their lead with two quick points from Fionan Murray and Brendan Ger O'Sullivan, while Declan O'Keefe was called upon twice to deny them a goal with great saves.
Kerry, yet to score from play responded with another O Cinneide free and then a Seamus Moynihan inspired point by Declan Quill. Cork finished the half on a high though with two points from Murray and Alan Cronin to lead by 0-07 to 0-04 at half time.
Cork began the second half with the same hunger they showed in the first and Corkery stretched their lead early on with his third point of the game from a free before Kerry got the first and only goal of the game. O'Dwyer, in the Cork goal, had trouble dealing with a high ball that dropped just under his cross bar and Colin Cooper was on hand to nudge the ball home.
Kerry looked to have turned the game at that point but Cork came back with two quick points before being awarded a penalty. Up stepped Corkery but O'Keefe was equal to it, saving well from the spot and then again from the follow up shot. Cork heads never dropped though and points from substitute Sean O'Sullivan and Murray stretched their lead to three points with twelve minutes remaining. Mike Frank Russell replied for Kerry with his first of the game only to see O'Sullivan and Corkery underline Cork's superiority with further points.
There was time before the end for Russell to come close to a goal when shaving the post with a quick turn and shot but in the end Cork deserved the victory and place in the Munster final against Tipperary on 14th July while Kerry go on to the qualifiers.
Filed by Johnny Proby