A heartbreaking last gasp winner denied the Limerick Inter County Youth team of what would have been a well deserved point against a highly rated Cork side at Jackman Park last week. Cork won 2-1.
A point was the least Limerick deserved as they took the game to their more vaunted opponents but were undone by conceding two goals from corner kicks at the end of each half.
Limerick were underdogs going into the tie but one would could be forgiven for thinking Limerick were favourites in the early stages of the game when they rattled the Cork lads with determination and a high level of skill.
Jamie Bromell was superb for Limerick. The Cork defence were in a tizzy every time he took possession. Ahead of him Shannon Town’s James Harty also looked lively while in defence Glen O’Connor and Danny McInerney shone in a highly effective back four.
While Cork may have been taken aback by Limerick’s performance there was no denying the skill in the side with particularly through the middle where captain Jack McGuire, Ryan Meaney, Greg Harte and Leonard Sexton oozed class.
An early Limerick chance began when Brendan Murphy dispossessed Cork’s Irish International Ryan Goldsmith inside the his own half and played a ball over the defence for Conor Laffan but a fine recovering tackle by Meany cleared the danger.
Harte should have scored when he beat the offside trap but volleyed wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy and on the half hour mark excellent work by Bromell took him around his marker but his shot was well saved by Sadys.
The best piece of football of the half ended with Limerick’s playmaker Shane Walsh teeing up Bromell but a brilliant save by Sadys kept the Cork goal intact.
Disaster struck for Limerick just before the break when Kieran Kavanagh rose to head in from a corner kick.
To their credit Limerick did not buckle and in fact came out stronger in the second half and got a deserved equaliser on the hour mark. Bromell created the opening for Walsh to hit a low shot into the bottom corner for an excellent score. Walsh went within a whisker of putting Limerick in front minutes later but his 25 yard effort went narrowly over the top.
When it looked like a draw would be the outcome, Cork won a corner and once again Limerick failed to deal with it and Captain Jack McGuire headed home.
Limerick were obviously devastated but they can take heart from the display and look to build on their remaining games.
Limerick DL - Dave Considine, Ryan Earls, Brendan Murphy, Danny McInerney, Glen O’Connor, Evan Waters, Jamie Bromell, Shane Walsh, James Harty, Conor Laffan, Sean McCormack, Reserves, Jamie Shinnors,
Cork DL - Michau Sadys, Timmy Murphy, Dylan Walsh, Eric Baxter, Ryan Meaney, Kieran Kavanagh, Ryan Goldsmith, Jack McGuire, Greg Harte, Leonard Sexton, Chris McCarthy, Reserves, Ben McAuliffe, James Nagle, Dan Barry
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