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.
“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.