Limerick took a major step towards reaching the knock out stages of the FAI Youths Inter league Cup after a crucial win at Mounthawk Park in Tralee on Friday evening.
Having cruelly lost their opening game to Cork, Limerick needed a win to stay in contention and did what was required.
On an evening when the home side dominated possession Limerick can thank their goalie Dave Considine for their victory as he made a number of marvellous saves to deny Kerry at vital stages of the game. They can also thank substitute Cian O Donoghue who grabbed what proved to be the winner in the 70th minute of the game.
It was a game that provided some spells of a very good football played in arctic like conditions.
Kerry had a great early chance when Ryan Carroll raced through one on one with Considine but the striker did not control the ball sufficiently and the goalie made a vital block.
Limerick hit on the break with Sean McCormack cutting in from the wing but his shot clipped off the top of the crossbar.
Then Shane Walsh brought a save out of the Kerry goalie Josh Reilly and he had to save again from Evan Waters following up.
Down the other end Kerry had two good attacks but neither Tony Brosnan nor Jack O Neill were able to better the in-form Considine.
Limerick started lively in the second half but it was Kerry who made the breakthrough when Brosnan passed to Matt Keane who found the net but he was flagged offside.
If Brosnan had shot himself the goal would be allowed.
Limerick forced a corner which was taken by Shane Walsh and was flicked on by Sean McCormack but Evan Waters effort was saved by the home keeper.
James Harty had a chance to put Limerick in front but was denied by the Kerry goalie who made a great block.
Then came the defining moment in the game in the 70th minute when Shane Walsh floated in a corner to the near post and sub Cian O Donoghue nipped in between defenders to head the ball to the roof of the net.
Kerry squandered three great scoring chances with Jack Savage denied from 8 yards by a wonderful save by Considine and when Greg Horan looked like he must score from 10 yards the Limerick keeper made another unbelievable save.
Kerry piled on the pressure and Jack Savage found sub Shane Ryan but his effort from inside the box went over the top.
Kerry chances of getting an equaliser were not helped in the 84th minute when they were reduced to ten men but Limerick held out for a memorable win.
LIMERICK - Dave Considine, Ryan Earls, Brendan Murphy, Danny McInerney, Sam Mullins, Glenn O’Connor, Ivan Waters, Shane Walsh, James Harty, Jamie Bromell, Sean McCormack, Subs, Conor Laffan, Cian O Donoghue, Nathan O Callaghan
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