IT was a hectic weekend for Limerick GAA in the various hurling championships with a number of semi-finals, relegation finals, promotion finals and the first adult trophy of the season handed out in the Premier Intermediate championship.
Bon Secours Limerick Senior Hurling Championship
On Saturday evening in the Gaelic Grounds, Doon became the first side to book their place in the Liemrick SHC final after an impressive 2-20 to 1-17 win over Kilmallock in the LIT Gaelic Grounds. Jack Ryan’s first half goal laid the foundation for Doon who had a 1-12 to 0-10 lead at the half. Ryan’s second pushed Doon into the commanding 2-19 to 0-16 advantage with Graeme Mulcahy’s late effort proving little more than a consoloation.
They will play Na Piarsaigh in a repeat of the 2018 decider after they dethroned champions Patrickswell comprehensively with a 1-25 to 0-17 win. The first half was relatively nip and tuck with Nap holding a 0-8 to 0-7 lead at the first water break. The lead was 0-14 to 0-9 at the break however as Na Piarsaigh tacked on five of the last six scores. Seanie O’Brien’s red card also saw Patrickswell reduced to 14 just prior to the half. Patrickswell would get the opening three scores of the half but David Dempsey’s goal would prove decisive as Na Piarsaigh dominated the final half hour, getting the final seven scores of the evening.
Ahane maintained their Senior ‘A’ status as they picked up a big 0-28 to 2-17 win over Adare in the Childers Rd. Having failed to pick up a point in their two group games, Ahane started quickly and were double scores, 0-16 to 0-8 ahead at the break with the aid of a breeze. Adare could never close the gap sufficiently as they drop to the second tier for 2021.
They will be replaced by Ballybrown who overcame South Liberties 2-14 to 2-9 in the Senior ‘B’ promotion decider. Ballybrown had two goals inside the opening fifteen from Josh Adams as they lead 2-6 to 1-6 at the break. From here they would keep their opponents at arms-length to secure promotion.
Murroe Boher’s three year stint in the Senior Grade came to an end as they were beaten 0-24 to 1-17 (AET) by Garryspillane in the Senior ‘B’ relegation final. There was nothing to separate the sides after the first 60 with the teams deadlocked at 0-18 to 1-15. The Bouncers would control the extra periods as they avenged their final loss to the same opponents in the 2017 PIHC final to consolidate their place in the 2021 Senior Championship.
Doon 2-20 : 1-17 Kilmallock
Na Piarsaigh 1-25 : 0-17 Patrickswell
Ahane 0-28 : 2-17 Adare
Ballybrown 2-14 : 2-9 South Liberties
Garryspillane 0-24 : 1-17 Murroe Boher (AET)
Senior Hurling Final
Na Piarsaigh v Doon
Saturday September 20 in the LIT Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm (RTE)
Lyons of Limerick Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Kildimo Pallaskenry will compete in the senior grade for the first time since the 1940’s as they defeated Mungret St Pauls 0-22 to 1-13 in the Premier Intermediate Hurling Final in the LIT Gaelic Grounds last night. The sides were level at the first water break, half time and second water break but KP would account for nine of the last eleven scores to seal their place in the senior ranks. It is their second promotion in four years after the clubs joined forces in 2012.
Kildimo Pallaskenry 0-22 : 1-13 Mungret St Pauls
Nick Greene Limerick Intermediate Hurling Championship
One of Na Piarsaigh or Newcastle West will replace Bruree in next years Premier Intermediate Championship after they won their respective Intermediate semi finals over the weekend. On Saturday, Newcastle West reached a second consecutive final with a 3-22 to 1-11 win over Croom.
Na Piarsaigh booked their place in the final with the West side as they overcame Feohanagh 1-23 to 1-14 on Sunday. They meet in the decider next Sunday in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
St Patrick’s time in the Intermediate ranks came to an end on Sunday as they were beaten 1-16 to 1-14 against Granagh Ballingarry in the IHC relegation final. The sides were level at 1-14 apiece before Granagh Ballingarry picked off the last two scores to preserve their place in the Intermediate Championship.
Newcastle West 3-22 : 1-11 Croom
Na Piarsaigh 1-23 : 1-14 Feohanagh
Granagh Ballingarry 1-16 : 1-14 St Patricks
Limerick Junior A Hurling Championship
The group stages of the Junior Championship came to a conclusion over the weekend with the eight quarter finalists and our relegation play off sides determined.
Castletown Ballyagran finished top of the pile in Group 1 and play Patrickswell in the last eight. Group 2 winners Croagh Kilfinny face Doon who finished in second place in the first group. Group 3 table toppers Kileedy will meet Drom Broadford in the quarter-finals with Claughaun and Templeglantine rounding off the last eight ties.
At the other end of the pile in the relegation semi-finals, Old Christians will play Garryspillane while Mungret St Pauls meet Staker Wallace.
Those ties will be played over the next two weekends.
Quarter Final Fixtures
Castletown Ballyagran v Patrickswell (Sunday 20th at 12pm in Adare)
Croagh Kilfinny v Doon (Friday 18th at 8pm in Kilbreedy)
Kileedy v Drom Broadford (Sunday 20th at 12pm in Newcastle West)
Clauaghaun v Templeglantine (Sunday 27th at 12pm in Mick Neville Park)
Relegation Semi Finals
Garryspillane v Old Christians (Saturday 19th at 3pm in Bruff)
Rathkeale v Staker Wallace (Sunday 27th at 3pm in Clarina)
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