Limerick Juniors win through to All-Ireland Final

Post date: Jul 22, 2014 12:14:09 PM

Limerick 1-10 (0-6) Kerry 1-5 (1-2)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior A Semi-Final

Venue: Newcastle West

Time: Saturday 20th July 3.45

Limerick won through to the All-Ireland Junior A Final with a battling 1-10 to 1-5 win over a determined Kerry side in a sweltering Newcastle West on Sunday. The win sets up an August 24th clash with a Carlow side who won their place in the final by beating Offaly by 5-15 to 3-8. This was the two sides fourth meeting this year and the two teams familiarity with each other was evident in the tense and hard fought character of the game.

Limerick got off to a great start with Sarah Collins pointing inside the first minute. This continued for the first 10 mins as Donna Mulcahy, Muireann Creamer, Sinead McNamara and Collins again pointed to open a 0-5 to 0-0 score. Limerick's midfield duo of Sinead McNamara and Katie Hennessey were dominant. But Kerry began to make headway down the right hand side and Jessica Fitzell pointed to open the KIngdom's account on 12 mins and 5 minutes later she found the back of the net to make it a one point game just after the midway point in the half. Caitrín De Bhál converted a free to widen Limerick's lead but Sara Murphy (who plays her club camogie with Newcastle West) converted a Kerry free to leave the score at the break Limerick 0-6 Kerry 1-2.

Immediately after the break Caitrín De Bhál converted another free to widen the gap again but Kerry levelled the score with two frees from Sara Murphy. Donna Mulcahy scored another point to restore Limerick's lead. But it was on the quarter hour that the crucial score of the game came when an excellent pass from midfield found Muireann Creamer who bore down on goal and buried it in the back of the net. But the drama wasn't over as with 10 minutes to go Donna Mulcahy was red-carded and Sara Murphy converted the resultant free.

Down to 14 players Limerick battled hard with captain Noreen Barry and the excellent Leanne Browne impressive in defence. Lisa Scanlon converted a long range free to restore the gap to 4 points. Then with 5 minutes to go Kerry also had a player sent off for a high challenge. This eased the pressure on Limerick and as the game headed into injury time substitute Mairead Clancy put a point over from the left hand side to leave the score at the final whistle Limerick 1-10 Kerry 1-5.

A very entertaining tight encounter but ultimately the range of Limerick's attacking threat proved too much for a Kerry side over-reliant on Sara Murphy's excellence from the placed ball.

Limerick Scorers: Muireann Creamer 1-1, Sarah Collins 0-2, Donna Mulcahy 0-2, Caitrín de Bhál 0-2 (2F), Sinéad McNamara, Lisa Scanlon, Mairéad Clancy 0-1 each.

Team: 1 Laura O’Neill Na Piarsaigh, 2 Leanne Browne Newcastle West, 3 Noreen Barry KIlleedy Captain, 4 Catriona Neville Croagh Kilfinny, 5 Marguerita McCarthy Ahane, 6 Lisa Scanlon Killeedy, 7 Sarah Crotty Ahane, 8 Sinead McNamara Na Piarsaigh, 9 Katie Hennessy Ballyagran, 10 Donna Mulcahy Killeedy, 11 Muireann Creamer Cappamore, 12 Caitrin de Bhal Feenagh Kilmeedy Vice Captain, 13 Brid Hannon Croagh Kilfinny, 14 Sarah Collins Ballyagran, 15 Rebecca Noonan Granagh Ballingarry

Subs: Tara Fitzgibbon for Sarah Crotty, Margaret Lynch for Rebecca Noonan, Mairéad Clancy for Bríd Hannon

Subs: 16 Catherine Fitzgerald Adare, 17 Tara Fitzgibbon Ballyagran, 18 Neamh Curtin Ballybrown, 19 Margaret Lynch Granagh Ballingarry, 20 Emer Hickey Granagh Ballingarry, 21 Shauna Tobin Newcastle West, 22 Grace Lee Newcastle West, 23 Mairead Clancy Ballybrown, 24 Kristy Carroll Galbally, 25 Sarah Shanahan Killeedy, 26 Emma Quaid Croagh Kilfinny, 27 Shannyn Sheahan Templeglantine, 28 Marie Danagher Ballyagran, 29 Orla Condon Knockaderry, 30 Rosemary Rea Ballyagran

Manager: Ger Curtin, Trainer: Adrian O’Sullivan, Selectors: Teresa Noonan, Joe Quaid, Patsy Hall

Liaison Officer: Mairi McMahon, First Aid: Emma Noonan, Phyiso: Sara Fitzgerald