It was yet another exciting weekend on the GAA scene back in Ireland, with Kerry clinching a close and heard fought victory over Limerick in the Munster Football Final.
Limerick were three points ahead at half-time but faltered when it mattered, affording the Kingdom side yet another trophy to add to their cabinet. Captain Bryan Sheehan paid tribute to the Limerick-man after the game, saying that: "We weren't surprised by how Limerick started. We knew exactly that Limerick were going to come at us. They played with fierce intensity and people didn't give them enough credit for what they've done and how good they are at the moment. We knew they were going to come at us with guns blazing and we were just lucky enough that we steadied the ship a small bit and kept the lead. We felt we had the firepower to kick on to win in the end and we did just that," the manager said.
The 122nd Munster Football Final was an exciting affair by all accounts. John Galvin knocked over the first point for Limerick after just a few minutes' play, further points soon gave Limerick an unexpected four points lead over Kerry. It was Kerry 0-07 Limerick 0-10 after a fairly dogged but open first half.
Colm Cooper gave Kerry their first goal of the match, but Limerick's John Galvin soon countered with one of this own, to keep the teams only three points apart. Late points from David Moran and the forwards gave Kerry the boost they needed to edge over the Limerickmen, but it was an exciting but good encounter, with Limerick surprisingly impressive.
Meanwhile in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, the Cats (Kilkenny) threatened to progress to winning their fifth-in-a-row- All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship with an easy victory over a disappointing Galway side at Croke Park.
Kilkenny's Sheflin struck goal after just 13 minutes to set the Kilkenny victory parade wheels in motion, and it was fairly plain sailing thereafter. Damian Hayes managed a counter six minutes later, to place the teams at 1-5 to 1-2, at the end of the day the Cats were simply too good for the Galway men to handle and landed the victory with style and relative easy.