Cork and Waterford taste Munster Subway success:
15’s Cork 3-0 Kerry
16’s Waterford 3-0 Kerry.
The 15’s and 16’s SFAI Subway Inter League deciders took place in Carragline with the honours going to Cork and Waterford. However credit must also go Kerry for getting two teams to the finals and all involved deserve praise for the work they put in and for their successful campaigns topping their Munster groups.
O’Brien’s triple helps Cork 15’s sink Kerry:
Kerry’s 15’s will be a little disappointed to have been undone three times from corners. Dead ball expert Ronan O’Brien delivered pin points corners in the 17th, 35th and 55th minutes leading to the three goals that sees Cork progress to an All-Ireland decider.
The first and third corners were headed home by the powerful Robert Geaney O’Brien while the second corner went directly into the Kerry net despite the best efforts of Ted Moloney on the post.
Kerry keeper Padraig Hilliard made a number of good saves, especially a great double save from Eoin Healy and James O’Leary.
But it was not all one-way traffic as Kerry created some good chances with Mervyn Shalemba, Sean Kennedy and Sean McGrath proving a handful for a very well drilled Cork defence.
Leo Gaxha and Jack O’Connor had good spells in midfield and on another day their efforts could have seen Kerry’s attackers getting the goal they deserved.
However credit to Cork who had good performances all over the field and deserved to take the win.
Late goals wrap up win for Waterford’s 16’s:
Waterford started this game the better and had shots from Niall O’Keeffe and Cameron Power in the opening minutes. Kerry’s first real threat came in the 10th minute when Seb Vassiu and Leon Shalemba combined to set up Nil Torne who shot just over.
But it was Waterford who continued to dominate possession and they got their reward in the 15th minute when O’Keefee’s mazy run saw him round Alex O’Connor but his shot came off the post. However Abbey Usaf was the quickest to react and knocked the ball home to give his side the lead.
O’Connor then had to make a great save from Greg Waters to leave the minimum between the sides at the break. Kerry introduced JR Tshikota and Boki Nikic and they were a threat as the Kingdom looked for the equaliser. Only for a great save from Waterford’s Ben Kirwan after a sweet Leon Shalemba strike Kerry would have drawn level.
As time began to run out Kerry had to chase the game and Wateford proved clinical on the counter attack. Firstly in the 33rd minute Mike Nzon Gorg and then with almost the last kick of the game two minutes later Niall O’Keeffe scored to put a gloss on a deserved Waterford win.