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U21 Munster S/F : Kerry 1-14 Limerick 2-8 2016-03-16 20:14:00

Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi Final
Kerry 1-14 Limerick 2-8

For the second week in a row Kerry were put to the pin of their collar before advancing to the final of the Munster Under 21 Football Championship following a hard fought semi final victory over a spirited Limerick side at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park tonight. It was a game that hung in the balance right up to two minutes from the end of the allotted five minutes of injury time before two late Kerry points finally killed off the Shannonsiders.

Limerick drew first blood when Brian Donovan pointed in the opening minute and after Jack Savage pointed from a free, the visitors hit the front with a good point from the impressive Hugh Bourke and another from a free by the same player. Kerry, who lined out as selected, hit back with four points in a six minute spell, three from play, but they then hit four wides on the trot before Tony Brosnan rattled a shot off the crossbar in the 16th minute. Limerick kept in touch with two pointed frees from Bourke, but Kerry finished the half with two good scores, one from Jack Savage and another from Killian Spillane after a good move, to lead by 7 points to 5 at the break.
Just two minutes into the new half Killian Ryan soloed past two Kerry defenders to plant the ball in the net to give Limerick the lead once more but Killian Spillane pointed immediately before Jack Savage passed an inviting ball ahead of Jordan Kiely and the Crokes man punched to the net past the advancing Andrew Ruddle in the Limerick goal to give Kerry a 1-8 to 1-5 lead with just four minutes gone in the new half. Limerick were still threatening in attack and after Bourke pointed a free Brian Fanning weaved his way past a few Kerry defenders to hit Limerick’s second goal in the 39th minute. Jack Savage pointed a minute later to level it up once more as Jack O’Connor rang the changes introducing Jason Foley, Eanna Ó Conchúir and Jordan Kiely.
Killian Spillane, who played well all through, had two good points in quick succession but Kerry were far from home and dry with ten minutes still to go. Hugh Bourke pointed a 40 yards free for Limerick and Kerry went eight minutes without a score before Jordan Kiely pointed in the 58th minute. There was still seven minutes to play and the Kerry defence had to withstand severe pressure from the visitors before Brian Fanning finally got a Limerick point to leave the minimum between the sides with three to go. Micheál Burns wasted a great chance to put daylight between the sides when Kerry had an overlap but a minute from time Barry O’Sullivan broke through for a badly needed score and Kerry capitalised on a poor kick out for Jordan Kiely to kick the insurance score on the call of full time.
Kerry will now play Cork, who defeated Waterford by 3-18 to 0-2 in the other semi final, in the Munster final at Austin Stack Park on Thursday April 7th.

Scorers: Kerry: Jack Savage (0-3 frees) and Killian Spillane 0-5 each, Tony Brosnan 1-1, Jordan Kiely 0-2 and Barry O’Sullivan 0-1. Limerick: Hugh Bourke 0-6 (5 frees), Brian Fanning 1-1, Killian Ryan 1-0, Brian Donovan 0-1.
Kerry Subs: Eanna Ó Conchúir for David Foran, Jason Foley for Cathal Ó Lúing, Jordan Kiely for Tony Brosnan, Greg Horan for Matthew O’Sullivan, Dan O’Donoghue for Brian Sugrue (Inj).
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Kerry name Under 21 Side for visit of Limerick

Kerry V Limerick – EirGrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi Final
The Kerry Team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Semi Final at Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening at 7:30 shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the opening Round. Barry O’Sullivan replaces Greg Horan in midfield, David Foran comes in for the injured Brandon Barrett in the half forward line and Killian Spillane takes over on the edge of the square from Eánna Ó Conchúir.
The team contains 5 of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final game  – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage.
10 of the side won All Ireland Minor Medals in either 2014 or 2015.

The team, captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys is as follows:
1.Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
2.Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3.Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4.Tom O’Sullivan Dingle    
5.Brian Sugrue Renard
6.Andrew Barry Na Gael
7.Gavin White Dr Crokes
8.Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
9.Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore
10.David Foran St Senans
11.Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
12.Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
13.Tony Brosnan    Dr Crokes
14.Killian Spillane Templenoe
15.Jack Savage (C) Kerins O’Rahillys
Fir Ionaid
16.Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17.Greg Horan Austin Stacks
18.Eanna  Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
19.Dara Roche Glenflesk
20.Dan O’Donoghue Spa
21.Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
22.Conor Geaney   Dingle
23.Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan  Dingle
24.Jordan Kiely    Dr Crokes

Bainisteoir:Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí:  Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).
Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

Additional Information
The following players are members of the extended Kerry Under 21 panel: Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys), Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), Shane O’Connor (John Mitchels), James Duggan (John Mitchels), Fionán Clifford (Waterville), Brian Rayle (Lispole), Patrick O’Connor (Dingle), Brandon Barrett (Ardfert, injured).
Kerry have gone seven campaigns without adding to their haul of 25 titles, their last title at Under 21 level in the province coming in 2008 when they went on to All Ireland glory under the captaincy of Killian Young.

Under 21 Footballers in action on Wednesday

Kerry Under 21 footballers, winners over Tipperary in a quarter final tie last Wednesday in Austin Stack Park, return to the Tralee venue this Wednesday evening to take on Limerick in the Munster semi final (7:30). Last week’s game was certainly no classic with Tipperary playing ten and twelve players behind the ball and Kerry, who played for 40 minutes with fourteen players following the dismissal of Matthew O’Sullivan, did well to survive by the minimum margin (0-11 to 1-7) following a late Tipperary rally.

That experience is bound to stand to the home side who have been plagued with injuries to key players such as Shane Ryan, Liam Carey, Liam Kearney, Marc O’Connor, Rob Ó Sé and captain Cormac Coffey. The side that took the field against Tipp contained just four of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final game – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage. Two more, Greg Horan and Eánna Ó Conchúir were introduced as subs in that game. Nine of the side won All Ireland Minor Medals in either 2014 or 2015 were included.
Manager Jack O’Connor and his selectors Eamonn Whelan, Micheál O’Shea and Declan O’Sullivan will be hoping to guide their side to their first Munster final appearance in this grade since 2012.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will play either Cork or Waterford in the final on April 7th.