Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-16 Limerick 1-16

Kerry defeated Limerick by 2-16 to 1-16 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 12th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Heartbreak as late goal denies Limerick in Munster semi final

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

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 (6frees), 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)


Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Limerick in the Munster Junior Football semi Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday is a completely new side from the team that won the All Ireland title last year.
Four of the side, Darren Brosnan, Robert Wharton, Brian Ó Seanachain and Liam Carey have won All Ireland Minor medals in the last couple of years, while Fionán Clifford was on the Kerry Junior team that reached the All Ireland Final in 2014.

The team captained by Paul O’Donoghue of St Marys is as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4 Fionán Clifford Waterville
5 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
6 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Liam Carey Beaufort
12 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
13 Seán Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Dara Roche Glenflesk
18 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
19 Adam Barry Brosna
20 Kieran O’Neill Templenoe
21 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
22 Eoghan Courtney Ardfert
23 Evan Cronin Spa
24 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Bainistíocht
Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Caoimhín Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) and Paudie Clifford (Fossa).

Limerick Junior football team and panel to face Kerry this Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm in the Munster junior football championship semi final in Killarney is announced. Limerick manager Diarmuid Sheedy and his selectors Moss McCarthy and Ger O Connor has released the following team and match panel.

(1) James Brouder (Mountcollins), (2) Mike O Keeffe ( Newcastlewest), (3) Maurice O Sullivan (Galtee Gaels), (4) Colm Moran (Monaleen), (5) Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), (6) Lorcan O Dwyer (Pallasgreen)(Capt), (7) John Bourke (Oola), (8) Michael O Donovan (Galbally), (9) Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), (10) David Ward (Fr Casey’s), (11) Sean Murphy (Newcastlewest), (12) Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), (13) Padraig Scanlan (Glin), (14) Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh), (15) Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest)
(16) Gearoid Greaney (Dromcollogher/Broadford), (17) Bill Creamer (Cappamore), (18) Dale Fitzgerald (St Senans), (19) David Cussen (Galbally), (20) Shane Brosnan (Monagea), (21) Adrian Enright (Fr Casey’s), (22) James Naughton (Adare), (23) Brian Donovan (Monaleen) (24) Keith Hartnett (Rathkeale).