Limerick manager John Kiely has said that his side have plenty of room to improve in front of the posts following their 2-22 to 1-17 Munster semi-final win over Cork.

The reigning All-Ireland champions racked up an amazing 20 wides, just as they did in their League meeting with the Rebels last month – a game that also ended with an eight-point win for the Treaty County.

"We created plenty more scoring chances, we could have got one or two more, but listen that's for us to work on. There’s plenty for us to go after for the next day.

"I don’t know what our wide total was but I’d say it was fairly high, we have that go after.

"A little bit more accuracy in what we were doing in terms of our passing too, but overall they worked hard, we’ll go back to the training ground Tuesday night and come again."

The Thurles clash was proving to be a real tight encounter until Darragh O'Donovan and Kyle Hayes struck for goals just prior to the interval.

It was also a very physical affair and Kiely praised his side’s discipline after the break.

"It was very tough. It was a great battle, a great contest. It ebbed and flowed.

"There were times when we had the ascendancy and there were times when Cork were causing us a lot of difficulty

"We defended really, really well from back to front, particularly in the second half. We had five yellow cards and we didn’t take any of those guys off, we trusted them to be disciplined in their tackling, which they were. We didn’t pick up another one in the second half and I think that’s testament to the group.

"We were very solid in defence, particularly in the last 20 minutes."

The biggest threat to Limerick’s Munster three in-a-row ambitions came 25 minutes into the first half when Cork were awarded a penalty and Peter Casey was sent to the sin bin.

The Rebels led by two points at that stage, but a diving save from Nickie Quaid to deny Patrick Horgan prevented Cork from moving five points ahead, and Kiely paid tribute to his goalkeeper.

"Nickie is a top class ’keeper, he’s there a long time and we back him all the time.

"These are the moments you need to pull out in these games and we back Nickie all the time."