Cork bounced back from their opening night defeat Limerick to hammer Kerry in this Munster MHC play-off clash at Austin Stack park on Saturday.
Cork led 2-11 to 0-2 at the interval with Anthony Spillane and Michael Cahalane goaling in the 13th and 17th minutes respectively.
The inside line of Spillane, Pa O’Callaghan and James O’Brien carved open the home defence and accounted for 4-16 against a Kingdom side which shipped 6-21 against Tipp.
Cork boss Pat Kennelly is now turning his attentions to a Munster semi-final second play-off against Clare on Thursday night.
“I’m very happy the way things went. I asked the lads to come down here, pay Kerry respect, do a clinical job, and they did just that. Forwards rely on confidence and who knows where that confidence will take us when we come against Clare.
The second half was one way traffic with Spillane completing his hat-trick while Dillon Cahill and James O’Brien also found the Kerry net despite some heroic goalkeeping by Jason Wallace.
Daniel Mangan and Conor Twomey also impressed for Cork while Dougie Fitzell, Keith Carmody, Daniel Collins and Ricky Heffernan could not be faulted for Kerry’s defeat.
Scorers for Cork: A Spillane 3-2, P O’Callaghan 0-9 (0-4 frees), J O’Brien 1-5, D Cahill 1-2, M Cahalane 1-1, C Twomey, K O’Neill and J Cashman 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kerry: R Heffernan 1-1, M O’Leary 0-2, B O’Leary 0-1.
CORK: P Collins, J McCarthy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy, C Twomey, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan, K McIntyre, K O’Neill, J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane, A Spillane, P O’Callaghan, J O’Brien .
Subs: T Horgan for J Cashman (h/t), C Cormack for K McIntyre (40), C O’Brien for K O’Connor (48), S Hegarty for D Cahill (55).
KERRY: J Wallace, T B McElligott, C Savage, Tommy Casey, D Goulding, D Fitzelle, K Carmody, K Fitzgerald, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, D Collins, Thomas Casey, P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey.
Subs: P Lucid for C Hussey (28), P O’Connor for P McGrath (48), F Horgan for D Goulding (55).
Referee: A Sherlock (Tipperary).
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