*Replay will take place on May 11th in Newcastlewest at 2.30pm
Kerry and Limerick will have to go at it all over again to decide the destination of the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 trophy after this thrilling draw in Abbeydorney.
Limerick looked to have one hand on the cup when they led at half time by 1-6 to 0-4. They eked out an early two-point advantage but two pointed frees by Sara Murphy (frees) and a score from play by Jessica Fitzgerald edged Kerry ahead.
David Doyle’s charges didn’t score for the remainder of the half though and when Elaine Kennedy’s long ball dropped into the Kerry net, Limerick pushed on to establish that five-point advantage.
That lead was up to six approaching the end of the third quarter but Jessica Fitzell’s scrambled goal and Patrice Diggin’s excellence at centre-back galvanised the Kingdom girls.
Four points from placed balls brought Murphy’s tally to eight and gave Kerry the lead but an injury-time point from Limerick’s accurate midfielder Caitrín de Bhál snatched a deserved draw for Ger Curtin’s side.
SCORERS FOR KERRY: S Murphy 0-8(6fs, 2 45s); J Fitzell 1-2
SCORERS FOR LIMERICK: C de Bhál 0-7(5fs, 1 45); E Kennedy 1-0; K Carroll, M Creamer, M Fitzgerald 0-1 each
KERRY: M O’Carroll, T Moran, A Fitzgerald, S Horgan, O Young, P Diggin, M Costello, N Leen, AM Leen, E Ryall, L Collins, G McNamara, J Fitzell, C Godley, S Murphy. Subs: J O’Keeffe for Godley (40), J Cronin for Ryall (45)
LIMERICK: C Fitzgerald, G Lee, N Barry, C Neville, M McCarthy, L Scanlon, N Curtin, C de Bhál, R Noona, K Carroll, E Kennedy, M Lynch, M Clancy, M Creamer, S Tobin. Subs: M Fitzgerald for Clancy (ht), S Cllins for Lynch (ht), N Tuite for Noonan (45)
REFEREE: W Cole (Cork)