U21 Kerry 1962 Team

The 2011 Munster Fé 21 Football Championship Final between Cork and Kerry will take place on next Wednesday April 6th at 7:30pm in Pairc Uí Rinn Cork. As this will be the 50th year of the competition, Munster GAA  will honour the Cork and Kerry teams who lined out in the first Munster Fé 21 Football Final in 1962 in Kenmare.

All members of the Kerry panel for this game, are The Munser GAA "Guests of Honour" on the night. Some light refreshments will be served at Pairc Uí Rinn from 6:30pm to allow the players from that era to relive the memories and rivalries of the past. They will then be accompanied to a reserved area in the seated stand to watch the game At half-time, the panel members (representatives) of both teams will be brought on to the field and introduced to the crowd. A photo of the occasion will also be taken during half-time.

1. Peter Hanley (Kenmare),
2. 2. JJ Barrett (Austin Stacks),
3. 3. Brendan Galvin (Waterville)
4. 4. Pa Kerins (Kerins O'Rahilly's),
5. 5. Pat Aherne (Ballymacelligot)
6. 6. Paudie O'Donoghue (Ballylongford) RIP,
7. 7. Joe Driscoll Castlegregory
8. Mick Fleming (Currow)
9. 9. Denis O'Sullivan (Kerins O'Rahillys),
10. Weeshie Fogarty (Legion),
11. Seamus Roche (John Mitchel's),
12. Derry O'Shea (John Mitchel's),
13. Dom O'Donnell (John Mitchel's),
14. Roddy O'Donnell, John Mitchel's) RIP
15. John "Thorny" O'Shea (John Mitchel's) RIP
16. Declan Lovett Aardfert/Kilmoyley)
17. Jimmy O Mahony (John Mitchel's).
18. Batty Galvin's (Waterville)
19. Batty Burns (Sneem),
20. Kieran O Connor (Tarbert) -

1962 Munster Under 21 Football Final

Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4

Match Report from the Kerryman newspaper edition of December 15th 1962

First half goals put Kerry on high road to victory

Burke inspired Cork’s great comeback in exciting Munster under 21 final

Kerry’s football dominance over Cork continues. The latest Kingdom success was gained after sixty minutes of full-blooded football at the Fr. Breen Memorial Park, Kenmare, on Sunday when the Kerrymen outlasted their rebel county rivals and became the first holders of the newly-created Munster Under 21 competition. On a dry but wind-swept pitch a fair-sized crowd saw some very exciting, but often over-robust, football. Whilst there is no denying Kerry’s right to the honours, one must, nevertheless, give those gallant, stout-hearted, Corkmen a pat on the back for the manner in which they battled back when the odds seemed to be totally against them in the second half.

And it was into that second half that most of the thrills and mills of the game were crowded. The spectators loved every minute of this football with a Christmas spice in it, but I’m afraid that at times it became more than just seasoned with it – one is almost inclined to say it became poisoned with it. Kerry had turned over after the interval leading by 2-3 to 0-2 and when first Derry O’Shea (from a Dom O’Donnell – Rody O’Donnell move) and then the latter (free) had points in the second and eighth minutes respectively, it looked as if Cork had run out of steam.

Then just precisely when it looked like being a runaway win for the Kingdom back surged those gritty Cork boys with a wave of fiery football that had their opponents groggy and groping. In fact, were it not for goalkeeper Pete Hanley, Kenmare, Kerry’s eventual success story might never have been.

Daring saves

It was daring saves in the face of the tornado-force onslaughts of the vanquished that enabled his distressed colleagues to weather the storm and then continue their victory voyage. The Cork comeback started in the eleventh minute when, after Hanley had parried a seemingly unstoppable shot from the boot of Mitchelstown’s Ned Coughlan, in dashed corner forward Mick Archer to send the ball rasping into the net. That score brought new life to the previously floundering Rebel County men. Their football now assumed an air of urgency and dedication which had to be seen to be believed.

It was now that Mitchelstown banker Mick Burke – he had moved from full-forward to midfield towards the close of the first half started to open up. His clutching hands pulled down the ball time after time over the heads of friend and foe alike; and once in possession he was never put out of his stride. He cut holes in the Kerry defence and then smartly placed his inside colleagues. Burke’s fellow Mitchelstown player Ned Coughlan, who was now foraging for all he was worth at full-forward, came within a fraction of rounding off at least two of these Burke inspired movements. That he didn’t was due primarily to the unfaltering attention paid to him by North Kerry’s Paud O’ Donoghue who had earlier moved from centre half back to full.

Brendan Larkin further boosted Cork’s comeback hopes when in the fourteenth minute, he took a pass from Mick Archer to slam over a point.

Definite stand

The losers kept up the pressure as they weaved the ball goalwards from midfield, where Burke was now playing football that had mentors on the sideline wild with delight. In fact it was he who cut through for another point in the seventeenth minute of the half. That score cut Kerry’s lead to four points (2-5 to 1-4): sensing the obvious stress of their rivals, the losers kept hammering away in a search for the scores that would put them on top. But magnificently and all as they strove they never scored again, due mainly to the steel-shod defensive barrier set up by their rivals.

That second half was punctuated from an early stage by frequent flare-ups among rival players. These out-bursts grew in intensity as the game progressed and one waited in vain for some stern action from referee Moss Colbert, Abbeyfeale.  I couldn’t help but recall this year’s Munster senior final between the two counties. A definite stand by referee Colbert at the outset of the trouble would have halted the rule-breakers in their tracks and spared spectators having to witness such unsavoury conduct.

Having survived the full fury of the losers’ fight back Kerry came again and it was only fitting that their next score should be notched by master forward Derry O’Shea.  And what a score it was too. The Tralee John Mitchels left half-forward ran on to the ball around the half-way line and immediately sprinted off on a dazzling hand-to-toe run along the left wing with Macroom’s John O’Donoghue trying to overtake him; then, quicker than it takes to tell, the Tralee speed merchant changed direction, sidestepped the lunging figure of centre half-back, Eugene O’Connor and neatly lofted the ball over the bar for a capital point.  That was in the 23rd minute.

After a further five minutes of up and down play the winners struck again, when burly Roddy O’Donnell put his namesake Dom is possession and the latter duly obliged by sending over the bar.  That was the last score of the game though the pace never slackened until the final whistle.

In the first half Cork, though playing against a very strong cross-wind, got off to a wonderful start with two beautifully taken points by Mick Burke and Paddy Barry, within eight minutes. Then the exchanges took an amazing turn which saw Kerry exert the pressure and as a result of this their forwards whipped in a point and followed with two shock goals…scores which knocked the losers off their stride and set the winners on the high road to victory.

Centre half-forward Seamus Roche pointed in the eleventh minute; then a weak kick out by goal man Cawley saw Roddy O’Donnell get the ball, pass it to Dom O’Donnell who made no mistake in cracking home a stinging goal.  The second followed promptly; Cawley stopped a tremendous shot, but before he had time to recover the forwards came thundering in and the ball was hustled into the back of the net. Towards the close of the half Cork brought Mick Burke to mid-field to partner Coughlan, switched hurler Patsy Harte centre half-forward and put midfielder Brendan Larkin on the left wing.  Whilst they failed to completely break Kerry’s grip on the game, these changes brought more punch and cohesion to the ranks of the Corkmen. Before the half time whistle Kerry added further points from Joe Driscoll and Roche to leave them ahead at this stage by 2-3 to 0-2.

Big Impression

While the standard of play was not such as to rate a top performance tag, there were several outstanding displays by performers on both sides. Pride of place here must unhesitatingly go to Kerry’s ever-alert goal-keeper, Pete Hanley.  He, it was, who stood between the losers’ forwards and certain goals on several occasion during the game. Whether in the air or on the ground the Kenmare man was eagle-eyed in his interceptions and deer-swift in his clearances.  On this form he must have made a very big impression on the Kerry selectors present.


Paud O’Donoghue, first at centre half-back and later in the full line, was the very essence of solidity.  He rarely put a foot wrong and his dashing clearances when the heat was really on in the second half were grand efforts.  He had a very stiff task on hands in this half in coping with the wiles of quick-thinking Ned Coughlan.

Joe Joe Barrett was another to turn in a wonderful performance.  Both at right full-back and later in the half line he caught and kicked with precision and assurance.  He went off injured in the second half but later returned to finish in a blaze of glory.  Half-backs Pat Aherne and, more especially, Campman Joe Driscoll also had their moments of grandeur. Midfielder Denis O’Sullivan, though never really outstanding, put in some Trojan work and set his forwards attaching with his quick breaks from the centre spot. The fact that the winners’ attack was composed of five John Mitchels men speaks for itself. The division was always moving with smoothness and though pitted against a rock sound defence it accomplished a wealth of good work.


Derry O’Shea was the mastermind of the attack and his probing runs often had the opposing backs in a whirl.  He was best assisted by the two O’Donnell’s, Dom and Roddy. If for no other reason than the fact that he blue-printed his side’s great second half comeback.  Mick Burke deserves to be rated Cork’s man-of-the-match.  When he got going at midfield he had no equal and some of his defence-splitting runs deserved a better fate.

I also admired Ned Coughlan’s football very much on Sunday.  Unfortunately, too much work was entrusted to him; had he got adequate assistance in his scoring attempts in the second half he could have left a much deeper imprint on the game.  Right full-forward Mick Archer was another to frequently catch the eye in attack and he took his goal in dashing style. Hero of the losers’ defence was unquestionably Donal Kehily in the right corner.  He out sped and outmaneuvered anybody who came his way and but for him in the second half the winners must have had a much bigger bag of scores.  Here, indeed, was a consolation in defeat for the Cork mentors.  It was little wonder that trainer Jim Barry looked so pleased every time Kehily cleared the ball.  Perhaps, Jim was thinking of higher games and bigger days ahead for Donal.

Centre half-back Eugene O’Connor, a star minor of last year, was also in sparkling form and frequently turned defence into attack.  Ballincollig’s Des Nangle had his bright moments in the left corner of the defence. Substitute Frank Cogan showed us glimpses at midfield, of what he could do when brought in to replace Paddy Barry midway through the second half.  How he happened to be on the sideline so long baffles me.

Kerry-P. Hanley;  J. J. Barrett, B. Galvin, P. Kerins; P. Ahern, P. O’Donoghue, J. Driscoll, M. Fleming, D. O’Sullivan; W. Fogarty, S. Roche, D O’Shea; D. O’Donnell, R. O’Donnell, J. O’Shea.

Subs-D. Lovett for Barrett; Barrett for Lovett.

Cork-R. Cawley; D. Kehily, J. McGrath, D. Nangle, J. O’Donoghue, E. O’Connor, A. Harrinon; B. Larkin, E. Coughlan; P. Barry, D. Barrett, P. Harte; M. Archer, M. Burke, T. Monaghan.

Sub- F. Cogan for Barry

Referee – M. Colbert (Limerick)

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