Kerry reach All-Ireland semi final 2011

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Updated: July 31, 2011

Kerry were totally control against Limerick for 70minutes and won by 13pts.

Kerry 1-20 0-10 Limerick FT

Commentary
70+3 Donaghy gets the last point of the match, Kerry win by 13points.
70+1 James O’Donahue gets his first point since coming on.
69min Easy free for Sheehan, Kerry go 11pts up.
68min O’Riordan puts Limerick into double scores.
67min Stunning point from Tomas O’Shea
66min Kelly kicks another free wide, his place kicking has been shocking.
64min The game is gone totally dead in front of a tiny crowd.
62min The Gouch kicks over an easy free.
61min Ian Ryan gets Limericks first score in 18minutes.
60min Stunning point from the corner back Young for Kerry who now lead by nine.
58min Sheehan kicks a poor wide from play.
57min Stunning save from the Limerick goalkepper from a one on one.
55min Sheehan puts Kerry nine points up.
54min Sheehan kicks his first wide of the match from free.
52min Poor wide from Donaghy for Kerry.
50min Poor wide from Limerick by O’Carroll.
48min Bryan Sheehan kicks over an easy free.
47min Bryan Sheehan kicks over the 45′.
46min Kerry win a 45′
45min Gouch is fouled and he kicks over the free.
44min Kelly kicks a wide from a hard angle.
43min Kelly gets his third point of the second after they missed two goal chances.
42min Nice point from the fist from Tomas O’Shea.
42min Easy point for Sheehan, thats Kerry first score of the second half.
41min Shocking wide from O’Leary for Kerry. The bookies still make the handicap eight.
40min Ger Collins makes it three in a row for Limerick.
39min Kelly gets his second point of the second half.
36min Stephen Kelly gets the first point of the second half.
36min Second half underway. Lets hope its a bit better than the first half.
Half time
35+3 Free for Limerick is kicked over, Ian Ryan leaves Limerick 7 points down at half time.
35+1 Anthony Maher kicks over an easy point for Kerry.
34min Another poor wide from Collins for Limerick.
33min The star of the day Darren O’Sullivan has to go off injured.
32min Copper gets his first point of the day.
31min Poor wide from Copper after O’Sullivan’s shot on goal is saved.
30min Few players down injured, game stopped for a few minutes.
29min Darren O’Sullivan makes it 1-03 on the day.
28min Free for Limerick goes over from Scanlon.
25min Stunning goal from Darren O’Sullivan that Ronaldo would of been proud of himself. Goal of the season for me.
23min Off the post by Ryan for Limerick, its so lucky for Kerry that Limerick cant score.
21min O’Carroll gets the second point of the day for Limerick, they really should be in front.
20min Stephen Kelly restored to taking the frees but once again its shocking.
19min Darren O’Sullivan kicks his second point of the day.
17min Stephen Kelly opens the scoring for Limerick with a nice point from play.
16min Paul Galvin kicks his second wide of the match.
15min Bryan Sheehan kicks over a free for Kerry after the Gouch was fouled. Thats Kerry four up.
13min Ger Collins kicks another wide for Limerick, thats their fifth scoring chance but still nothing on the scoreboard.
11min Kelly has been dropped from taking the frees, but Buckley kicks the 45′ wide.
9min Stephen Kelly kicks a free for Limerick short once again, but it runs in for the rebound but hits it off the post.
7min Declan O’Sullivan gets Kerrys third point.
6min Darren O’Sullivan gets a point when it looked easier to score a goal.
5min Poor wide from Paul Galvin, the first wide of the match.
4min Declan O’Sullivan opens the scoring for Kerry.
3min Limerick have had plenty of possession in the first few minutes.
2min Early free for Limerick on the 45′ line, Kellys free drops short.
1min Game just underway
0min Kerry return to Championship action after a four week break against familiar opponents in the shape of Limerick with a place in the All Ireland semi final at stake.

Teams
Limerick (SFC v Kerry): B Scanlon; T Stack, S Gallagher, S Lavin; J Riordan, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; S Buckley, J O’Donovan; S Kelly, J Mullane, M Sheehan; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Kerry – B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan, P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan.

Preview
When the sides met in the semi final of the Munster Championship Kerry ran out 11 points winners despite conceding three goals to Limerick. Colm Cooper (0-7), Darran O’Sullivan (1-3) and Declan O’Sullivan (0-4) all impressed that day for the Kingdom who led by 12 points after 30 minutes.

Kerry have only played one game since, the exciting Munster final against Cork while Limerick have grown in stature in the qualifiers impressing in win’s over Offaly and Waterford before a somewhat controversial injury time point win over Wexford over shadowed what had been a fine performance and comeback by the treaty county.

Limerick Football is on a high at the moment, and following from a first national league (Division four) title in 114 years earlier this year, they now find themselves in their first ever All Ireland quarter final.

However they will need to be at their very best to beat a Kerry team that have reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since the new championship system was introduced in 2001, their only defeat coming at the hands of Down last year.

Horan will have to plan without Tommy Lee who is suspended after his sending off last weekend against Wexford although he will be able to call on the services of dual stars Stephen Lucey and Mark O’Riordan who return to the squad after the hurlers bowed out against Dublin last weekend.

Kerry meanwhile will be at full strength with Paul Galvin and Tomas O’Se is available again after injury and suspension.

Galvin returns to the half-forward line after recovering from the hamstring injury which saw him miss out on the Munster final victory while Ó Sé will be making only his second championship appearance of the summer after serving an eight-week ban for the red card he picked up in May’s win over Tipperary

Kerry showed their Jekyll and Hyde side in the Munster final win over Cork, a first half of brilliance followed by a nervous second 35 minutes. That said history is on the side of the Kingdom County having beaten Limerick in their last 4 clashes including the last year’s Munster final.

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