Killian Cahill’s goal was the difference between Limerick Desmond and Kerry when they met in the U16 Munster SFAI Subway Plate Final on Sunday in Mastergeeha.

Desmond and Kerry had locked horns already this season, with the latter savouring victory that day, but on Sunday it was Cahill’s goal with three minutes to go that earned Desmond a place in the National semi-final.

Limerick Desmond U16 v Kerry 28012018

They will face Mayo in that tie, scheduled for the weekend of the February 11th/12th, and will be hoping to keep the momentum they have now built up going.

The opening exchanges on Sunday were tentative to say the least, with both teams cancelling each other out.

The best chance of a goal in this period came via a Conor Stack free-kick, which only needed a touch to be guided in, however, it crept just past the post the Kerry post.

Shane O’Connell then had to be quick of the Limerick goal line when Kerry broke through their defence, with the young goalkeeper gathering the ball.

James Darmody marshalled the Kerry midfield, and his imaginative play saw them maintain a footing in the tie, while Philip O’Leary aided him in the attacking stakes.

For Desmond, the likes of Jamie Keane, Jamie Baynhan and Tomas Sheahan all showed plenty of creativity, but the resolute Kerry backline stuck to their task and forced them back.

Kerry U16 v Limerick Desmond Munster SFAI Subway Plate Final 28012018

In the second half the frantic nature of the tie continued, with both sides showing their desire to win the U15 SFAI Subway Plate.

Jack Brennan and Kieran Neville organised the Limerick defence as Kerry upped the tempo, while Darragh Clifford engineered a good opening when he delivered into the Kerry penalty area.

After being flicked on, the ball fell to Keane who struck a wicked shot that went narrowly wide of the post.

Kerry responded with an equally fine effort from distance that just missed the target, and Limerick Desmond then sprung their bench into action, including Cahill who only had to wait a short time to hit the winner.

Limerick Desmond and Kerry Captains 28012018

Good work from Jack Quinlivan on the right saw the ball fizzed across the box where Conor Hogan cleverly stepped over it, leaving it for Cahill to smash to the bottom left hand corner.

The last few minutes were tense, with Kerry doing as much as they could to force an equaliser, but Limerick Desmond held firm to clinch the U16 Munster SFAI Subway Plate.

Under the watchful eye of Ger Somers, Declan Somers, Tom Fitzpatrick and Brian Barry, Desmond will now prepare for their National semi-final with Mayo.

Kerry: I O’Connor, C Dineen, D McAuliffe, N Gleeson, B O’Driscoll, N Izehi, J Darmody, D Curtin, C Ó hEactain, P O’Leary, C Boyle-O’Sullivan, F Greaney, L O’Donoughue.

Limerick Desmond: S O’Connell, J Brennan, K Neville, TK Kelly, D Clifford, C Stack, J Stapleton, J Keane, T Sheahan, J Baynhan, J Quinlivan, C Hogan, D O’Shea, K Cahill, C Ryan, I Kelly, M McNamara, O O’Donnell, R Magan, C Clifford, K O’Connell

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