Limerick hurlers defeat Kerry at Kilmallock

Stephen Kinsella

Reporter:

Stephen Kinsella

LIMERICK hurlers continued their unbeaten run in Division 2 after a facile victory against a poor Kerry side in Kilmallock on Sunday.

LIMERICK hurlers continued their unbeaten run in Division 2 after a facile victory against a poor Kerry side in Kilmallock on Sunday.

Kerry made a fantastic start to the game capitalising on numerous sloppy Limerick mistakes and midway through the first half they led by five points.

Limerick were sloppy and conceded far too much possession in the early stages and found it hard to break down an industrious Kerry side who were only employing three forwards, ensuring it was difficult for Limerick to play inside their opponents half. However, Limerick tallied up five wides in the opening quarter of an hour as Kerry raced into an early lead.

Kerry then shocked Limerick when star forward Darragh O’Connell latched onto a breaking ball inside the 21 and rattled the back of the net to make it 1-5 to 0-3 in favour of the underdogs. However, from there on it was all smooth sailing for Donal O’Grady’s men as they reacted valiantly to that setback.

Limerick began to cut out their mistakes and returned to basics as they began to pick off scores from long range from the space that their counterparts had afforded to them out the field. The Shannonsiders continued to clean up in the first half with Wayne McNamara and Niall Moran in particular playing brilliantly to leave it at 0-14 to 1-6 at the interval.

Limerick continued to dominate in the second period as the Kingdom failed to create opportunities as the flaws of John Meyler’s tactics started to become exposed. They continued to sweep up possession around midfield with Paul Browne starring in a sterling second half performance.

Limerick finally got the elusive goal they had been searching for in the 55th minute when Kevin Downes was left unmarked inside the 21 and blasted the ball into the top left corner past the helpless keeper.

Indeed the score line could have been far more impressive but for Richie McCarthy missing a penalty..

Limerick are still likely to meet Clare in the decider despite the Banner going down to a shock loss to Laois at the weekend.

Limerick face Antrim in their final game in Casement Park before the league decider - a game that will determine what team plays in the top division in 2012.