The Kerry U20 footballers simply had to much for their Limerick counterpart on Thursday evening with a convincing 0-18 to 1-3 win at Austin Stack Park.
Kerry went into a two point lead as a Donal O’Sullivan opened proceedings with a free and followed it up with a points from play in the sixth minute.
Limerick had 12 players inside their own 45 trying to keep Kerry outside the scoring zone and were doing a pretty decent job of limiting clear cut chances for the hosts.
The best attacking chance for Limerick in the opening minutes fell to Noel Callanan who made a lung bursting run through the Kerry defence but couldn’t apply the finish as he puled his shot to the left and wide.
Joseph O’Connor fired over a low drive for Kerry’s third point as the home side finally started to create a bit of rhythm.
James Molyneaux settled Limerick nerves with a fine score from play in the 8th minute to open Limerick’s account and was just reward for their early endeavour.
Kerry rattled off the next three points as O’Sullivan (2) & Killian Falvey extended the lead to 0-6 to 0-1 in favour of the home side.
Limerick responded as Jack Downey reduced the gap to four points with a monster free from placed ball in the 17th minute.
It would be Limerick’s final score of the half as Kerry would add the next four points in a row as Fiachra Clifford (2), Cathal Ferriter and O’Sullivan made it Kerry 0-10 Limerick 0-2 at the break.
The second half was going to be an uphill task and the mountain was made that bit higher as Donal O’Sullivan fired over a long range wind assisted point from play to extend the lead to 9 points.
John Hayes then added a point form a free for Limerick. Less than a minute later and the St Kierans man had another free that appeared just outside his range.
As the ball dropped short James Molyneaux timed his run to perfection and punched the ball to the back of the Kerry net. Kerry 0-11 Limerick 1-3 and the lead cut to five points.
Kerry regrouped and cancelled out Limerick’s goal within five minutes courtesy of points from Fiachra Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan (2) to make it Kerry 0-14 Limerick 1-3.
With seven minutes remaining substitute Eddie Horan knocked over Kerry’s 15th point of the game. Barry Mahony made it 0-16 for the home side with a tidy finish as Kerry had the finishing line in sight.
Donal O’Sullivan and Cathal Ferriter added the last two scores of the game as Kerry ran out deserving 0-18 to 1-3 winners. Limerick gave it everything but were simply outclassed by superior out fit