Friday 24 November 2017

Fitzgerald drives on Kerry

Kerry 1-19
Limerick 0-6

Alan Fitzgerald gave an exhibition of kicking as Kerry juniors eased their way through to the final against Cork.

With the Kerry corner-forward helping himself to 1-8, of which 1-7 came from placed balls, the Kingdom -- for whom midfielder Andrew Garnett was also outstanding -- just had too much up front for a poor Limerick side at the Gaelic Grounds.

Leading 0-9 to 0-5 at the break, Kerry all but ended this game as a contest just five minutes into the second half when Fitzgerald clinically dispatched a penalty to give the visitors a commanding 1-10 to 0-5 advantage.

Limerick had started brightly and led 0-3 to 0-1 early on, thanks in large to the promptings of full-forward Garrett Noonan. But then the Treaty men faltered, as they managed just 0-3 in the final 55 minutes.

Scorers -- Kerry: A Fitzgerald 1-8 (0-6f, 1-0 pen, 1 '45'), G Sayers 0-3, B Poff, A Garnett, G O'Grady (1f) 0-2 each, P Kennelly, M Brennan 0-1 each. Limerick: G Noonan 0-3 (3f), D Kelly, J Bourke, T Collins 0-1 each.

Kerry -- S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O'Dwyer, S Brosnan, C O'Mahony; E Hickson, B Costello, J Walsh; M Coakley, A Garnett; G Sayers, M Murphy, M Brennan; G O'Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald. Subs: P Kennelly for M Brennan (45); F Courtney for M Murphy (51), T McGoldrick for G O'Grady (54), P O'Connor for J Walsh (54), K O'Connor for C O'Mahony (54).

Limerick -- C Wallace; M Fitzgerald, A O'Sullivan, D Finnerty; C Ryan, P Martin, E Mulcahy; E Horan, P Horan; B O'Sullivan, J Bourke, T Scanlon; R Lynch, G Noonan, T Collins. Subs: M McMahon for E Horan, T Butler for D Finnerty; D Kelly for B O'Sullivan (all h-t), D Lambe for P Horan (45), B Shannon for T Collins (52).

Ref -- K O'Brien (Cork).

Irish Independent

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