Kilmallock and Na Piarsaigh set for final showdown

Robbie Egan of Kilmallock celebrates scoring the winning goal in the county hurling semi-final against Doon.

KILMALLOCK and Na Piarsaigh will contest the Limerick Senior Hurling final on a resurfaced TUS Gaelic Grounds pitch on Sunday week, with a later than usual start at 4.30pm to facilitate live television coverage on TG4.

Fintan O’Connor’s Kilmallock captured their victory from luckless Doon with a last-gasp goal from an alert Robbie Egan in Bruff in Sunday’s semi-final, while the previous afternoon Kieran Bermingham’s Na Piarsaigh proved too strong for plucky South Liberties at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, in the other final four fixture.

With a handsome six points from play, Adrian Breen was easily the outstanding player on show for Na Piarsaigh. 

Breen commented to Post Sport: “We’re absolutely delighted to get through. Semi-finals are all about winning and trying to book your spot in the next round, which is the final and the main event of the year for us”. 

“We have a serious challenge coming down the tracks at us, but for now we’re just delighted to have come through this test.

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“Fair dues to South Liberties. It was an outstanding quarter final win for them over Patrickswell – a real milestone for them breaking into the semi-final,” he added.

Na Piarsiagh led by three points at the interval and eventually triumphed on a 1-23 to 0-9 scoreline, with the goal arriving at the death from Daithí Dempsey.

Elsewhere, a booted goal deep into stoppage time from Robbie Egan, following a desperate scramble for possession around the small square, gave Kilmallock an unlikely 1-13 to 2-9 win over Doon, who are still chasing a first-ever county title. 

For the most part, Doon, who grabbed goals from Darragh Stapleton and Dean Coleman, had looked the likely advance but were caught late-on with a series of scores from the defending champions, whose never-say-die attitude was incredible. 

Doon lost dual-star Josh Ryan to injury early in the contest.

Both teams deserve immense credit for serving-up such an entertaining contest in truly shocking weather conditions.