Heartbreak as late goal denies Limerick in Munster semi final

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Jerome O'Connell in Killarney

Heartbreak as late goal denies Limerick in Munster semi final

It was heartbreak for the Limerick junior footballers this Sunday in the Munster championship semi final with an injury time goal giving Kerry a 2-16 to 1-16 win.

Limerick looked on course for a first Munster JFC final since 2010 until the winning Kerry goal in the sixth minute of injury time.

Limerick lost the last two Munster junior semi finals to Cork by two and three points and looked on course to win this game in Killarney until the late dramatics.

Jame Lee was the Limerick leader with 11 points, including six pointed frees.

Kerry were 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at half time but there were plenty positives for a Limerick side that kicked six points in a row during a 20-minute spell that saw the home side held scoreless.

It was Kerry that hit the ground running and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead by the 12th minute.

Jamie Lee had the only Limerick score of the opening quarter in the third minute and it was a 10th minute Kieran Hurley goal that helped Kerry into the early six point lead.

But the Limerick response was impressive and led by Jamie Lee, who ended the first half with six points – three superb points from play and three frees.

Adrian Enright was the only other Limerick scorer in the half and it was his 29th minute score that had the game level, 0-7 to 1-4.

Hurley’s injury time point gave Kerry the interval lead by just a point.

In the second half Limerick were superb but it was Kerry that kicked the first three points of the half to move four points clear.

Points from Lee, Tony McCasrthy and Padraig Scanlan moved LImerick closer until the goal came in the 15th minute of the half. 
It was Adrian Enright that crashed the ball to the net for a 1-12 to 1-10 lead for Limerick.

Kerry replied but Lee and Seamus O’Carroll moved LImerick 1-14 to 1-11 ahead.

But in injury time Kerry levelled with Paul O’Donoghue and Niall O’Shea points.

Brian Donovan looked to have won it for Limerick until the late dramatic Kerry goal.

SCORERS - Limerick: Jamie Lee 0-11 (six frees), Adrian Enright 1-1, Tony McCarthy, Seamus O’Carroll, Padraig Scanlan and Brian Donovan 0-1 each. 

LIMERICK: James Brouder; Mike O’Keeffe, Maurice O’Sullivan, Colm Moran; Tony McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dwyer, John Bourke; Michael O’Donovan, Tommie Childs; David Ward, Adrian Enright, Kieran Daly; Padraig Scanlan, Seamus O’Carroll, Jamie Lee. Subs: Sean Flanagan for John Bourke (13mins), Dale Fitzgerald for Colm Moran, inj (21mins), Bill Creamer for Lorcan O’Dwyer, b-c (37mins), Sean Murphy for David Ward (45mins), James Naughton for Kieran Daly (57mins), Brian Donovan for Padraig Scanlan (59mins).

KERRY: Darragh O’Shea; Darren Brosnan, Cathal O’Luing, Fionan Clifford; Patrick Clifford, Laurence Bastible, Robert Wharton; Adrian Spillane, Michael O’Donnell; Brian O’Seanachain, Liam Carey, Paul O’Donoghue; Dara Roche, Kieran Hurley, Niall O’Shea. Subs: Adam Barry for Dara Roche (41mins), Dara O’Shea for Robert Wharton (47mins), Lee O’Donoghue for Liam Carey (48mins), Kevin O’Sullivan for Michael O’Donnell (50mins), Michael O’Donnell for Kieran Hurley (56mins).

REFEREE: James Bermingham (Cork).