Kerry Minors ease to victory in second half

Kerry eventually came good in the second half against a physically stronger Limerick side, whose challenge petered out long before the end of this Munster Minor Football, semi final, second play-off, played at a wet Austin Stack Park last evening.
So the jury is still very much out on Mickey Ned O'Sullivan's young Kerry side that mixed patches of brilliance with some wasteful play but there were a number of positives.
The Kerry defence backboned by the Crowley twins, Gavin and Brian, along with Ronan Murphy, Greg Horan and Shane O'Connor were outstanding while the new midfield pairing of Eanna O'Conchuir and Kieran Murphy looks to have potential but despite scoring 3-9, the Kerry attack never moved with swagger necessary and only Cillian Fitzgerald and Conor Keane could be happy with their nights work.
Limerick had two tall midfielders in Condron and Burke but was very limited in attack, only scoring one point in the second half.
Kerry boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan agrees that Kerry must improve for the Munster semi final in three weeks time
"We won't beat Clare on that performance tonight. That's the reality of it. We need to up our game and get serious. There was a lot of showboating by some of the players. We have to get more honest and play simple football. If we do that then we will do well. We are getting there," O'Sullivan said.
Mickey Ned O'Sullivan reflected: "I thought that Limerick played well in the first-half but we played poor and our decision making was poor. There was no bottle there.

"In the second-half the players took more responsibility, we played better and got more scores. We're pleased with how we played in the middle of the field and everyone else seemed to up their game, and we finished strongly."

Kerry were slow into their stride as Limerick opened the scoring with a fine point from the throw in by tall midfielder Robbie Burke but it proved a false dawn as both sides huffed and puffed, without ever playing to any fluency.
It took Kerry eleven minutes to level the contest, thanks to a Jack Savage free but the first quarter was scrappy in the extreme and notable only for a goal attempt from a Denis Daly flick that was taken off the line by corner back Denis Greaney.
Greaney was later to repeat the feat when he denied Kerry midfielder Eanna O Conchuir a certain goal but the score that separated the sides at the interval was a Kerry goal, scored by Gerald O'Sullivan in the 23rd minute from a Keane assist as Kerry led 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval.

Kerry dominated the third quarter thanks to the midfield dominance of Eanna O Conchuir and Kieran Murphy but they failed to turn possession into scores, save for a 36th minute Denis Daly point that should have been a goal.
Limerick responded with a point from wing back Paul White as only three points separated the sides.
However the game clinching score came in the 45th minute when Conor Keane was taken down for a penalty and Eanna O'Conchuir gave the Limerick keeper no chance.
Kerry did as they liked in the final ten minutes and a third goal from substitute Gavin O'Shea (son of ex Kerry boss Pat), merely emphasized the gulf between the sides.
Kerry will now play Clare away in three weeks time in the semi final.

Scorers
Kerry
E O Conchuir 1-0 ( pen), G O'Sullivan and G O'Shea 1-0 each , N Sheehy 0-2 ( 0-1 free), J Savage 0-2 ( 0-1 free) , K Murphy 0-1 '45, C Keane, G Horan, C Fitzgerald and D Daly 0-1 each

Limerick
D Condron, R Burke, E O'Donnell, T McCarthy, and P White 0-1 each

Kerry
G Curran, C O'Luing, G Crowley, S O'Connor, B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan, E O' Conchuir, K Murphy, G O'Sullivan, J Savage , C Fitzgerald, N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane
Subs: G O'Shea for N Sheehy (41), D Collins for C O'Luing (58), D Foran for D Daly (58), E Doyle for K Murphy (60)

Limerick
J O'Meara, D Greaney, N O'Connor, K Meade, P White, S Cahill, S Barrett, D Condron, R Burke, E O'Donnell, D Daly, T McCarthy, D Stapleton, D O'Donovan, J Breen
Subs: J Frawley for T McCarthy (41), R McKenna for D Daly (43), D Jones for D Greaney (47), C O'Shea for D O'Donovan (50)

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)