Limerick earn bye in Club Munster SHC

Doon captain Pat Ryan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene.

LIMERICK’S winners of the County Senior Hurling Championship will be out against either Cork or Waterford opposition in the semi-final of the provincial competition, it has been confirmed.

“By virtue of reaching the All-Ireland Senior Finals, Limerick (hurling) and Kerry (football) received a bye to the semi-final of the respective Hurling and Football Championships,” explained Munster PRO Dermot ‘Weeshie’ Lynch.

If Limerick’s opponents transpire to be from Cork, it will be an away fixture, otherwise it will be a visit from the Waterford representatives – most likely holders Ballygunner – to the Gaelic Grounds in mid-November.

The Munster Final is listed for the opening weekend of December.

After a couple of rounds (and a three-week break) in the local championship, 12-time winners Kilmallock are ahead of the pack in Group One, with two merited wins in as many outings.

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A second-half goal from veteran Gavin O’Mahony was key to Kilmallock unlocking the stubborn challenge of Ahane, 1-19 to 1-12, in Doon at the weekend.

When the action resumes in a fortnight’s time, Phelim O’Reilly captained Kilmallock will run-up against Kildimo/Pallaskenry.

Elsewhere in the top-flight, titleless Doon recovered from a bruising opening round loss to Kilmallock with a slender 2-18 to 2-16 defeat of stunned Patrickwell at Kilmallock’s Fitzgerald Park.

For Fergie O’Loughlin managed Doon, some late points from midfielder Jack Ryan were important.

In this their 135th year of existence, the easterners are under the captaincy of Pat Ryan (Simon).

Doon’s next outing is against holders Na Piarsaigh, who recovered from their first day loss to Patrickswell with a comfortable (1-23 to 1-14) defeat of Kildimo/Pallaskenry. All-Star elect Peter Casey, Adrian Breen, and Conor Boylan (goal) led the scoring for Na Piarsaigh.

In Group Two, Mungret St. Paul’s were held to a draw by plucky Garryspillane (1-14 to 2-11); Monaleen eased past South Liberties (2-24 to 0-14) and Adare (for whom Willie Griffin struck 1-9 to bring his overall tally to a whopping 4-14) and Ballybrown played out a thrilling 1-17 apiece draw.