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Haulie: We’re ready for the Munster final with Kerry

BY SEÁN HOLLAND

CORK minor football manager Micheál O’Sullivan was keen to capitalize on the positives from their Munster MFC semi-final victory over Clare, which set up a final showdown with Kerry next Monday.

The Rebels defeated Banner County 1-13 to 0-8 in Páirc Naomh Mhuire, Quilty, on Tuesday evening as they bounced back from the loss to Kerry the week before.

“It’s all positive, to be honest. It’s an improvement on Tralee, but we also took a lot of confidence from that game,” O’Sullivan said.

‘With 16 and 17 year olds you’re not quite sure how they will react. We took a lot of confidence from that performance against Kerry, and we brought that confidence to the fore early on against Clare. It was important to start well because it can be a tight battle up there, as we have seen before with the Cork teams.”

The Rebels took a 1-5 to 0-0 lead after ten minutes and that helped O’Sullivan’s side on their way to a comfortable win and a Munster last meeting with Kerry on Monday the 13th in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The win also helped Cork book a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, which O’Sullivan was most pleased with.

“I think the most important thing about winning in Clare is that it guarantees us two more games,” said the Cork boss.

“Next Monday we have a Munster final against Kerry which is a massive game for all these lads and something to look forward to. Plus you’ve got an All-Ireland quarter-final to look forward to in early June. We’re going all out on Monday. Now we’re going to try to get our ducks in a row, then we can start making plans for Páirc Uí Rinn.’

After scoring just three points in their first outing against Kerry, ultimately losing 0-12 to 1-7, O’Sullivan was pleased with the development of his players, especially in the scoring ranks, where they went 1-10 during the game. against Clare.

‘They seem to be developing nicely. Another positive was that we managed to get a few more scores out of the game than what we got out of Tralee. That was a concern. We didn’t score as much as we would have liked that evening, and we also missed quite a few free balls. There’s still some clearing to do before we play Kerry on Monday night but we’re ready,” O’Sullivan added.

Scorers:

Cork: D O’Neill 0-6 (1f); D Miskella 1-1; S Whelton 0-2 B Delaney (2f), B O’Shea and H Cogan, each 0-1.

Clare: C Burke 0-5 (4f); S Fennell, S O’Connell and D Townsend, 0-1 each.

Cork: James O’Flaherty (Douglas); Joe Mouret (Douglas), Aaron Keane (Kinsale), Niall O’Shea (Urhan); Cathal McCarthy (St Colum’s), Cian O’Connor (Ballincollig), Oisin Harrington (Kilmeen); Harry Cogan (Glanmire), Jack Trench (Ballinora); Danny Miskella (Ballincollig), Ben O’Shea (Mallow), Sean Whelton (St James); Humphrey Canty (Newcestown), Ben Delaney (Carrigaline), Dylan O’Neill (Carbery Rangers)

Subs: Cian Cooney (Clyda Rovers) for O’Shea (38), Billy Ryan (Glenville) for Mouret (41), Niall O’Callaghan (Castlehaven) for Frans (45), Danny O’Donovan (Castlehaven) for Delaney ( 51), Cian Ahern (Ballincollig) for O’Connor (61).

Clare: E Byrne; A Killeen, C Hill, J Blunnie; S Murphy, A Weaver, L Switzer; D Boyle, C Downes; D Brody, S O’Connell, D Cahill; C Burke, S Fennell, D McMahon

Subs: D Townsend for Cahill (21), C Walsh for Murphy (HT), L Clune for Brody (HT), C Casey for Switzer (49), G Fennell for Downes (62).

Referee: T McGrath (Limerick).