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Kerry hold off Cork fightback

Kerry survived Cork's second half revival to win a thrilling Munster SFC final at Killarney.

The Kingdom led by nine points at one stage, but saw the advantage trimmed back to one by the resurgent All-Ireland champions.

Darran O'Sullivan ripped through the Cork defence to blast home a superb 14th minute goal.

A rampant Kingdom side took control of midfield, and the scores flowed from Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Declan O'Sullivan and Bryan Sheehan.

Cork had points from Donnacha O'Connor, Daniel Goulding and Paddy Kelly, but they were unable to live with the pace and dash of the Kingdom, who led by 1-10 to 0-5 at half-time.

Paul Kerrigan, Goulding and Alan O'Connor led the Rebel charge in the second half, with Kerrigan's third point making it 1-13 to 1-12.

But Kerry finished strongly, and late scores from Eoin Brosnan and James O'Donoghue sealed the triumph.

Kilkenny powered to a 4-17 to 1-15 victory over Dublin in the Leinster SHC final at Croke Park,

Eoin Larkin and Colin Fennelly banged in first half, goals, with Henry Shefflin contributing five points as Kilkenny opened up a 2-10 to 0-7 interval lead, with Paul Ryan keeping Dublin in touch from frees.

Shefflin added a third goal seven minutes into the second half, and Ryan's Dublin goal was cancelled out by a fourth major from Michael Rice.

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