Nemo Rangers (Cork) 0-14 0-08 Killarney Legion (Kerry)

Nemo Rangers stayed on course for a record 16th Munster Club SFC title with victory over Killarney Legion at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday.

The Cork champions have only failed to go on to provincial glory after three of their 18 previous county titles.

They led by five points at half-time and the vast experience in their ranks was telling as they retained control in the second period. 

A final clash with Tipperary’s Clonmel Commercials is the prize for Nemo, who benefited from having three players – Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan and Barry O’Driscoll – score 10 points between them while Michael Dorgan impressed at midfield.

With the elements at their backs in the opening half, Nemo played smart football.

Connolly found his range from distance with a pair of early points while O’Driscoll drew a great save from Bryan Kelly and Kerrigan shot just over with a goal attempt.

By the end of the first quarter, they were 0-05 to 0-01 to the good as Legion wasted some chances by kicking high balls into the wind rather than working it in.

Kerry star James O’Donoghue found himself crowded out as Colin O’Brien dropped deep to give Nemo a seventh defender and their two first-half points came from Tom Moriarty.

Late points from Kerrigan and Connolly meant that Nemo were 0-07 to 0-02 in front at the break.

While O’Donoghue’s close-range free, after he had been fouled himself, brought Legion back to within four and he then answered O’Driscoll’s free with a fine effort from the left, it was the closest they came.

Three Nemo points in four minutes, frees by O’Driscoll and Connolly and a well-worked Kerrigan score, made it 0-11 to 0-04 and when Kevin Fulignati came forward from wing-back to point on 49 minutes, it was 0-13 to 0-5.

On 53 minutes, Legion sub Donal Lyne was presented with a goal chance when an errant clearance landed in his hands, but his shot was well-saved by Micheál Martin, who tipped the ball over the bar.

Two more points from Moriarty and Cathal Shehan were the only other scores they could muster and Nemo sub Shane Martin rounded off the win for them.

They advance to the final, while Legion will face into next week’s Kerry SFC final replay against divisional side South Kerry.

Nemo Rangers: M Martin; A Cronin (0-01), C O’Shea, A O’Reilly; K Fulignati (0-01), T Ó Sé, A O’Donovan (0-01); D Niblock, M Dorgan; L Connolly (0-04, 0-02 frees, 0-01 45), P Kerrigan (0-03), D Mehigan; C O’Brien, B O’Driscoll (0-03 frees), C Horgan.

Subs: D O’Donovan for Cronin (37), C Dalton for Connolly (46), S Martin (0-01) for Ó Sé (54), W Morgan for O’Driscoll (60).

Killarney Legion: B Kelly; P O’Connor, D Sheahan, C Davies; Damien O’Sullivan, J Lyne, D O’Doherty; S Keane, J O’Sullivan; B McGuire, J O’Donoghue (0-03, 0-01f), D Lyne (0-01); T Moriarty (0-03), K Breen, David O’Sullivan.

Subs: D Sheahan for Breen (21, injured), C Sheahan for Danny Sheahan (35-37, blood), C Keane (0-01f) for David O’Sullivan (46), C Sheahan for Danny Sheahan (47, injured), A O’Sullivan for Davies (49, black card).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary).