Quarter-final time in Limerick SHC

Diarmaid Byrnes of Patrickswell will be in action against Ballybrown on Sunday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach.

FOLLOWING on quickly from the completion of their group fixtures, there’s quarter-final action for four teams in the Bon Secours Hospital Limerick Senior Hurling Championship at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

The clash of fellow parishioners Ballybrown and Patrickswell is the stand-out tie at 4pm (the winners will meet Kilmalllock), with Doon and Mungret/St Paul’s (Na Piarsaigh await the victors) in action from 2pm.

By virtue of a scoring difference of just one point over Adare has Ballybrown in the mix.

If Ballybrown are to cause an upset, captain Stevie O’Reilly, Kenny Power, Colin Coughlan, Leigh Doolan, Aidan O’Connor, and Andy Cliffe will need to peak. However, the ‘Well appear better resourced with the likes of Diarmaid Byrnes, Cian Lynch, Patrick Kirby, Jordan Higgins, Mark Carmody, and Hurler of the Year elect Aaron Gillane.

Having trailed by four points at the interval in their weekend clash, the ‘Well were eventual 3-17 to 1-14 winners over already relegated Kildimo/Pallaskenry.

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Goals for the record 20-time champions arrived through John Flynn, Jordan Higgins, and Aaron Gillane.

Doon – with Eoin Fitzgibbon, Darragh O’Donovan, Barry Murphy, Jack Ryan, Adam English, and skipper Pat Ryan (Simon) all in fine fettle – should have the measure of Mungret/St Paul’s, for whom Billy Molyneaux, Pat Begley, Barry Duff, Brian Barry, Paul O’Brien, and Liam Lynch (a stunning 1-12 v Ballybrown on Sunday) are current stars.

Mungret have already secured promotion to the top tier for 2024.

“It’s just a very exciting time for the club, both on and off the field,” commented Mungret St Paul’s Chairman Donal Fitzgibbon.

A €1million development, incorporating a full-sized astro pitch nearing completion, will add fine resoruces to the club’s roster.

At the other end of happenings, the Brian Foley managed South Liberties (for whom two-time All-Star goalkeeper Anthony Nash was lining out in his last club game) defied their 9/4 rank outsiders price in a stunning 7-13 to 2-18 defeat of Garryspillane in the Relegation Final at Adare.

TG4 has confirmed live coverage of the Limerick Final from the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday October 28 (5.15pm).