Limerick hurling boss John Kiely has described the sending off of key forward Aaron Gillane as "a joke" following his side's thrilling draw against Cork in the Munster SHC.

Kiely's side were forced to play 45 minutes of the tie with 14 players after Gillane received a straight red card for a strike on Cork corner-back Seán O'Donoghue.

Gillane had scored a point prior to that, and was a huge loss to the Limerick full-forward line.

They trailed Cork by two points at the interval and a Patrick Horgan goal on 45 minutes appeared to give the Rebels the incentive to push on for a victory.

But Kiely's side responded and subsequently rattled off five points without reply, with Tom Morrissey, Séamus Flanagan and Cian Lynch leading the charge for the Shannonsiders. It was a tight affair right up until the finish, with Kyle Hayes nailing a late equaliser for Limerick to ensure a share of the spoils.

"I'm very proud of my team," Kiely told RTÉ Sport after the epic game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"We shouldn't have been put down to 14 men, it was a joke. I was delighted with the performance of our lads."

He continued to praise the efforts of his team, who remain unbeaten in this campaign as they face into their final two round-robin ties against Waterford and Clare.

"Superb, great heart. Massive courage and determination, they never gave up and to be fair to Cork, we went three up and Cork came back, went up again and we fought back again. It was a fantastic game of hurling, a phenomenal game. I'm just so proud of my lads, they worked so hard, kept their composure, kept their cool.

"We move onto next week, it was a very valuable point, we've three points out of four and delighted with that."