And afterwards Keatley acknowledged the work of his forwards in giving him those opportunities. "I thought they (pack) were pretty impressive particularly in the second half. It was them that created the platform and it's my job to kick the goals."
And kick them he did with a certain degree of nonchalance, albeit if there two that slipped past, one in the opening half that even he must have been annoyed he missed.
And given Munster's performance in that period was less than inspired it might have seemed crucial. Credit though to an Edinburgh side who were always prepared to play rugby and who had in Netani Talei, Izak van der Westhuizen and skipper Sean Cox players prepared to run hard at Munster at every opportunity.
Referee Ian Davies had for some reason issues with Botha's scrummaging and it eventually earned the South African a yellow card and cost his side three points.
The half ended with Edinburgh probing left and right and Munster forced to defend stoutly.
There was an immediate sense of added urgency with the Munster side in the second half. The best opportunity of a try came when Johne Murphy almost latched onto a JJ Hanrahan kick through and the alarm bells were jangling again in the Edinburgh ranks when Hanrahan repeated the dose a little later, Dougie Fife again the Edinburgh saviour.
Munster forced the penalty after 8 minutes and Keatley stretched the lead. Three more similar strikes from the out-half and with the Munster eight now in control of the game, and the rain misting into Edinburgh faces from the Well end, the outcome was sealed.
The young Munster backs now given the cushion to express themselves introduced a bit of inventiveness - Danny Barnes asking questions of the Scots defence at every opportunity - and when the hard working Ivan Dineen made good yards down the touchline his perfectly weighted kick was gathered by Stander to race in under the posts.
Four minutes from time Munster's endeavour was again rewarded when another of the young brigade, replacement Mike Sherry, forced his way in at the right hand corner at the Dolphin end.
Munster: Denis Hurley; Johne Murphy, Ivan Dineen, JJ Hanrahan, Danny Barnes (Deasy 69 min); Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams (Sheridan 69 min); Marcus Horan (du Preez 54 min), Damien Varley (Sherry 52 min), BJ Botha (Ryan 66 min); Ian Nagle (Foley 71 min), Billy Holland; CJ Stander, Sean Dougall (O'Donnell 67 min), James Coughlan capt. (Butler 66 min).
Edinburgh Rugby: Greig Tonks; Dougie Fife, Ben Cairns, Ben Atiga, Tom Brown; Piers Francis, Richie Rees; John Yapp, Andy Titterrell, Willem Nel; Perry Parker, Izak van der Westhuizen; Sean Cox capt, Stuart McInally, Netani Talei. Replacements: Steven Lawrie, Allen Jacobsen, Alex Allen, Grant Gilchrist, Hamish Watson, Chris Leck, Gregor Hunter, Lee Jones.