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'It's Been A Long Road For Me. I'm Grateful To Be Out There Playing For Cork'

'It's Been A Long Road For Me. I'm Grateful To Be Out There Playing For Cork'

Just like everyone else at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Sean Powter wasn't quite sure what to say after Cork defeated Kerry with the final kick of their Munster semi-final.

Powter has been through a torrid time with injuries but finally shook them off to put in a Man of the Match performance as Cork beat Kerry for the first time in the championship in eight years. It was Powter's first championship start since 2017.

"It's been a long road for me personally," Powter told RTÉ.

"I'm just grateful to be out there playing for Cork. I love Cork football.

"It's just incredible. We knew what Kerry were about, we knew what we were about. We just felt today, with everything, that we had the beating of them. I'm just speechless. I'm just so proud of my lads. We just gave it absolutely everything out there.

"It's just surreal. No one expected us to win."

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Mark Keane, who plays Aussie rules with Collingwood, scored the winning goal for Cork. He had come off the bench in the second half and remained in the mix as extra-time edged toward an end with Kerry holding a one-point lead.

"Since Mark came back from Australia, he's been unbelievable," said Powter regarding his teammate.

"He's been a huge asset around the place.

"We've been through a lot as a group. We've been down in Division 3. We were getting abuse, we were getting abuse that was deserved. I'm just thankful that we finally got over the line. We can use this as a stepping stone for future success.

"It's always nice to get one over the neighbours. It's just a pity that the Cork fans aren't here to celebrate with us."

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