The Limerick U-21 footballers came very close to causing the shock of the championship against Kerry in Tralee on Wednesday night.
In the end however, their brave effort fell just short as Jack O’Connor’s men won 1-14 to 2-8.
Well-taken goals from Killian Ryan and Brian Donovan put Limerick into a 2-6 to 1-8 lead midway through the second half but points from Killian Spillane got Kerry back on track and they held their nerve to just about get over the finish line.
Check back for a full report on this game.
SCORERS – Kerry: Jack Savage (three frees) and Killian Spillane 0-5 each, Tony Brosnan 1-1, Jordan Kiely 0-2, Barry O’Sullivan 0-1. Limerick: Hugh Bourke 0-6 (five frees), Brian Donovan 1-1, Killian Ryan 1-0, Brian O’Donovan 0-1
KERRY: Eoghan O’Brien; Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Gavin White; Barry O’Sullivan, Matthew O’Sullivan; David Foran, Micheál Burns, Brian Ó Seanacháin;Tony Brosnan, Killian Spillane Jack Savage. Subs: Eanna O Conchuir for D Foran (41), Jason Foley for C O Luing (43), Jordan Kiely for T Brosnan (44), Greg Horan for M O’Sullivan (50), Dan O’Donoghue for B Sugrue (54, inj), Conor Geaney (Dingle) for B Ó Seanachain (57)
LIMERICK: Andrew Ruddle (Newcastle West); Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), Maurice O’Sullivan (Galtee Gaels); Michael O’Donovan (Galbally), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh); Jack English (Adare), Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels); Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), Killian Ryan (Mungret St Pauls), Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen); Hugh Bourke (Adare), Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), Brian Donovan (Monaleen). Subs: Stephen Brosnan (Newcastle West) for English (17 min, inj), Shane Costello (Adare) for T Childs (47), David Connoly (Adare) for M O’Sullivan (49), Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for S Murphy (59), Cormac Flanagan (Crecora) for S Flannagan (64)