Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-19 Kerry 1-15

Limerick defeated Kerry by 1-19 to 1-15 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 21st at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

D1B: Limerick hold off brave Kerry in Killarney


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Despite coming up short of Limerick at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the hurlers of Kerry gave an excellent account of themselves, showcasing their ability to compete at this level. The Division IIA champions began with a stunning victory over Laois last weekend, and they recovered from a 12-point deficit after just 20 minutes here to lose by just four at the end.

Limerick, backed by a powerful breeze in the first half, were somewhat fortunate to lead 1-16 to 1-5 at half-time but a superb Kerry second half display restricted Limerick to just three points in the second period, and left them gasping for breath in the closing stages before the Treaty County hung on to make it two wins from two in Division IB.

Limerick led 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes, Cian Lynch, Barry Nash and Declan Hannon all on the scoreboard. Then, a goal from Hannon directly from a placed ball at the end of the first quarter left them 1-7 to 0-2 ahead and seemingly pulling away. Kerry’s industry and endeavour wasn’t quite reflected on the scoreboard as Limerick added scores to lead 1-11 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, an ominously large advantage from a Kerry perspective.

However, Kerry, managed by Limerick legend Ciarán Carey, are made of stern stuff and when points from Michael O’Leary and Shane Nolan were followed by a Mikey Boyle goal, they trailed by just seven points. However, Limerick reeled off five of the next six points to lead 1-16 to 1-5 at the interval.

Heavy rain fell during the second half but Kerry were determined to get back into the game and they slowly worked their way back, Jack Goulding, John Egan and Shane Nolan (frees) all among their scorers as they reduced the arrears to six, 1-18 to 1-12, by the 65th minute.

Seán Tobin got Limerick’s only point from play in the second half to push them seven clear as the game entered injury-time but Kerry finished strongly, knocking over three points in the remaining minutes to go down fighting and leave the clear impression that they will fight tooth and nail for their survival in IB this year.


Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-5 (4f), John Egan 0-4, Mikey Boyle 1-0, Philip Lucid (1f), Michael O’Leary 0-2, Colm Harty 0-1, Jack Goulding 0-1

Scorers for Limerick: Declan Hannon 1-4, Barry Nash 0-4, Diarmuid Byrne 0-3 (2f, 0-1 ’65), David Reidy 0-3, Paul Browne 0-2, Cian Lynch 0-1, Graeme Mulcahy 0-1

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole; Seán Weir, Bryan Murphy, Keith Carmody; Daniel Collins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane; Patrick Kelly, Tommy Casey; Shane Nolan, Michael O’Leary, Colum Harty; John Egan, Mikey Boyle, Jack Goulding
Subs: Jordan Conway for Nolan (55), Philip Lucid for Goulding (63), Jason Diggins for Collins (70).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Richie English; Dan Morrissey, Diarmaid Byrne, Séamus Hickey; Darragh O’Donovan, Paul Browne; David Reidy, Gavin O’Mahony, Cian Lynch; Graeme Mulcahy, Declan Hannon, Barry Nash
Subs: John Fitzgibbon for O’Donovan (29), Paudie O’Brien for Reidy (50), Seánie Tobin for Mulcahy (54), Tom Morrissey for Nash (58), Pat Ryan for Condon (60).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick senior hurling starting fifteen has just been released by the Limerick senior hurling management team for the round two Allianz hurling league game against Kerry this Sunday evening in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney at 2pm. Limerick starting fifteen is as follows
1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 6. Diarmaid Byrne (Patrickswell), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca), 11. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Declan Hannon (Adare) and Barry Nash (South Liberties).

KERRY (HL v Limerick): M Stackpoole (Lixnaw); S Weir (Crotta O’Neills), B Murphy (Causeway), K Carmody (C’way); D Collins (Kilmoyley), D Dineen (St Brendan’s), T Murnane (K’moyley); P Kelly (C’castle), T Casey (Causeway); S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills), M O’Leary (A’dorney), C Harty (Causeway); J Egan (St Brendan’s), M Boyle (Ballyduff), J Goulding (B’duff)
Subs: A McCabe (Kilmoyley), B Brosnan (Lixnaw), J Buckley (Lixnaw), M Milner (Dr Crokes), J Conway (Crotta O’Neills), J Diggins (C’way), D Fitzelle (Kilmoyley), J Griffin (Lixnaw), P Lucid (B’heigue), J O’Connor (A’dorney), B O’Leary (A’dorney).