Kiely saves Kingdom with vital late points
Kerry 1-14 Limerick 2-8
Kerry got a major scare in this Munster U-21 semi-final in Tralee, and only late points from super sub Jordan Kiely of Dr Crokes (2) and one from midfield powerhouse Barry O'Sullivan prevented a shock.
In fact, if Limerick had Killian Spillane in their ranks, they would have won this game, and Jack O'Connor has a lot of work to do before Kerry face Cork in the final.
Kerry were fortunate to lead 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time, but it was Limerick made an explosive start to the second half, when Killian Ryan wriggled his way inside a static defence and finished superbly.
Kerry were clearly rattled but responded within minutes when Tony Brosnan finished a Jack Savage pass to the Limerick net. Limerick scored a second goal in 39th minute from Brian Fanning to lead 2-6 to 1-8 as Jack O'Connor was forced to empty his bench.
Spillane looked a class act as he ended with 0-5 from play, but sub Jordan Kiely scored two vital late points but Fanning reduced the deficit to one two minutes into injury time. Andrew Barry had a fine game for Kerry at the back and on the counter O'Sullivan and Kiely saw the Kingdom home.
Scorers - Kerry: K Spillane 0-5, J Savage 0-5 (3f), T Brosnan 1-1, J Kiely 0-2, B O Sullivan 0-1 .
Limerick: H Bourke 0-6 (5f), B Fanning 1-1, K Ryan 1-0, B Donovan 0-1.
Kerry - E O'Brien; B O Beaglaoich, C O Luing, T O'Sullivan; B Sugrue, A Barry, G White; B O'Sullivan, M O Sullivan; D Foran, M Burns, B O Seanachain; T Brosnan, K Spillane, J Savage. Subs: E O Conchuir for D Foran ( 42), J Foley C O Luing ( 43), J Kiely for T Brosnan ( 44), G Horan for M O'Sullivan ( 51), D O'Donoghue for B Sugrue ( 54), C Geaney for B O' Seanachain ( 60).
Limerick - A Ruddle; S O Dea, S Cahill, M O Sullivan; M Donovan, S Flanagan, G Brown; J English, T Childs; S Murphy, K Ryan, B Fanning; H Burke, C Sheehan, B Donovan. Subs: S Brosnan for J English (17), S Costello for T Childs (47), D Connolly for M O'Sullivan (50), K Daly for S Murphy ( 60) , C Flanagan for S Flanagan ( 64).
Ref - A Kissane (Waterford)