A tough day for Limerick.
Limerick’s Munster final appearance against Kerry ended in an unruly hammering, with the Kingdom running out as easy 23-point winners against their Munster foes.
Kerry came into the game without the availability of star man David Clifford, but they came through that setback with ease to secure another Munster crown.
As expected, the game was beyond Limerick as the midway point of the first-half approached, before it turned into a mauling later on in the contest. Kerry won the tie by a score of 1-28 t0 0-08 in Killarney.
“It was like running a car race between a family saloon and a Ferrari..”
And speaking after the game, Pat Spillane likened the contest to a family car racing against a Ferrari.
“This was a non-event,” he began when speaking on RTE. “It was an uneven contest. It was like running a car race between a family saloon and a Ferrari.
“Kerry would have tougher games playing A vs B games. This was no preparation for an All-Ireland quarter-final in four weeks’ time.
“This was like a car race between a family saloon and a Ferrari”
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“But at the same time, you can only beat what is in front of you.. Yes, they should have scored more goals. But looking at the stats, that is 13 games played and only one goal conceded from play.
“1-25 from play out of 1-28 is fair rattling, and there are 11 different scorers. The difference between the two teams, and we alluded to Donegal and Cavan a few weeks ago, and Fermanagh against Tyrone..
“Conditioning of the Division 1 teams is so much ahead, and the longer the game went on, Limerick just did not have the pace or conditioning to keep up with Kerry..
“In the second-half, the scoreline was 1-16 to 0-05. Kerry and Jack [O’Connor] will be happy, and you can only beat what’s in front of you..”
Kerry v Limerick.
While their Munster Championship run ended in defeat, Limerick can be pleased that they defied the odds to reach a provincial finale.
Saying that, Spillane admits he is unsure of how much further the Shannonsiders can go.
“They might be building something, but let’s be honest,” he added when responding to Ciaran Whelan’s take on the game. “The gulf between the top-eight teams and the rest is enormous. Limerick is a hurling county.
“What Billy Lee has done with the footballers is very good, but I’m not sure if they can go much better.”