Murphy steers Treaty to facile win
Limerick boss John Kiely made seven changes from the side that lost to Tipperary six days ago, but it mattered little as the All-Ireland champions proved far too strong for a young Kerry side at Austin Stack Park.
Kerry gifted Limerick two goals inside the opening three minutes - the first after 15 seconds through David Reidy and the second coming from Oisin O'Reilly .
When Barry Murphy added a point Kerry looked in deep trouble but the Kingdom fired over four unanswered points from Michael O'Leary (2), Shane Conway and Jordan Conway.
Limerick lost David Reidy to a serious-looking shoulder injury just before half-time, when the Treaty led by 2-4 to 0-6.
Within 13 seconds of the restart Limerick struck for a killer goal through Graeme Mulcahy though, and Murphy added a fourth goal late on.
Scorers - Limerick: B Murphy 1-6 (0-3f); O O'Reilly 1-1; D Reidy and G Mulcahy 1-0 each; G Hegarty 0-3 (1 s/l); C Ryan (1f) 0-2; D Byrnes and T Morrissey 0-1 each. Kerry: S Conway 0-4 (3f); P Boyle 0-3 (2f); M O'Leary 0-2; J Diggins and J Conway 0-1 each.
LIMERICK - B Hennessy; W O'Meara, S Finn, L Lyons; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, P O'Loughlin; R Hanley, C Ryan; G Hegarty, D Reidy, T Morrissey; B Murphy, S Flanagan, O O'Reilly. Subs: G Mulcahy for D Reidy (35), A Costello for L Lyons (48), R Connolly (Adare) for W O'Meara (53).
KERRY - M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, E Leen; J Diggins, M Boyle, P Kelly; D Griffin, B Barrett; J Conway, M O Leary, M Leane; J Goulding, S Conway, D Goggin. Subs: J O'Connor for E Leen (h-t), Padraig Boyle for D Goggin (48), Michael Slattery for P Kelly (48), Niall O'Mahony for D Griffin (54), E Murphy for M Leen (66)
Ref - C Lyons (Cork).