03 July, 2011

Kingdom hold on to derail Rebels and win today's Munster battle but who will win the All-Ireland war?

No quarter asked, no quarter ever given:   Kerry v Cork
The Rebels have not gone away and it would be no surprise should these two meet again come September.
O'Sullivan celebrates goal which eventually proved decisive
There are those who believe that the Munster Title is no longer what it once was.  Try telling that to a Cork man or Kerry man today though.  The scenes of jubilation from the Kerry players (most of whom have won multiple All-Irelands) at the final whistle today, certainly allayed those claims as to the irrelevance of the Munster crown.
...Cork are far from finished this year though
Kerry had dominated the game up until the 55th minute and led by eight points with 15 minutes to go.  However Cork went on to score 1-4 without reply to leave the Kingdom clinging on with minutes remaining and Kerry were leading by one point in the last minute.  Kerry had gone 27 minutes without a score but added two points in the last minute to finally come out the right side of a 1-15 to 1-12 scoreline.  
Cork aren't dead though.  Far from it.  Indeed;  if Cork had scored a goal in the last minute, instead of John Miskella's 12 yard effort hitting the post; the Rebels would this evening be Munster Football Champions.  Kingdon manager Jack O'Connor admitted afterwards that his charges were  "a bit lucky"  to come out the right side of the result.  Cork  certainly battled heroically in the second half.  The Rebels have by no means gone away and it would be no surprise should these two meet again come September.
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