Kerry bagged consecutive Munster SFC final wins over a valiant Limerick side at Killarney's Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon, as An Ghaeltacht forward Dara O’Cinnéide inspired them to a 3-10 to 2-09 replay victory.

Kerry bagged consecutive Munster SFC final wins over a valiant Limerick side at Killarney's Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon, as An Ghaeltacht forward Dara O’Cinnéide inspired them to a 3-10 to 2-09 replay victory.

O’Cinnéide hit an unstoppable 1-07, including the first half injury time penalty that drew the sides level for the first time, for the Kingdom's 70th Munster crown.

Earlier Stephen Kelly had volleyed home a shock first minute goal for the visitors, and despite a second from the penalty spot from Eoin Keating on 58 minutes, Limerick fell short of a first senior provincial title since 1896.

Eoin Brosnan and Tomás Ó’Sé were on the mark for Kerry's other goals on 30 and 43 minutes respectively. The game was also marked by the strict refereeing of Galway official Michael Curley, who brandished nine yellow cards in all. John Galvin's switch in to full-forward paid dividends for Limerick in the early stages as they established a 1-04 to 0-01 lead on the quarter hour.

A long lobbed ball after 53 seconds evaded Galvin and the Kerry rearguard but Kelly was on hand to stab home. Points followed from Muiris Gavin (free), Eoin Keating and Conor Fitzgerald before O’Cinnéide clipped over a 10th minute free.

Little changed as the half hour approached with Limerick 1-06 to 0-02, but the introduction of Tommy Griffin for John Crowley and Eoin Brosnan's blistering run and goal on 30 minutes paved the way for a Kerry comeback.  They were level at 2-03 to 1-06 by the interval as Paul Galvin and O’Cinnéide bagged Jack O'Connor's side a late 1-01.

Eight minutes after the restart Tomas O Se made a 60-yard dash to turn Brosnan's pass to Seamus O'Donnell's net for a 3-04 to 1-07 scoreline and Kerry's first lead of the match. Although Keating rallied Limerick back to within two points at 2-08 to 3-07, O’Cinnéide made certain of the win with three points of his own in the final seven minutes.

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Filed by Barry J Whyte