Ahane book hurling final place

AHANE will play Na Piarsaigh in the final of the Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored county senior hurling championship. This Sunday evening under the flood lights of the Gaelic Grounds, Ahane moved past the challenge of divisional side with seven points to spare, 3-13 to 1-12 in their semi-final replay.

AHANE will play Na Piarsaigh in the final of the Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored county senior hurling championship.

This Sunday evening under the flood lights of the Gaelic Grounds, Ahane moved past the challenge of divisional side with seven points to spare, 3-13 to 1-12 in their semi-final replay.

The sides went to the interval level, 2-3 to 1-6. Ahane got off to a flying start and had 2-2 on the scoreboard inside seven minutes with the Moran brothers Ollie and Niall helping themselves to 1-1 each.

Niall’s goal came from a 21-metre free inside 90 seconds when he blasted to the net after his solo run had drawn the foul. His older brother pointed before to blasted to the net in the fifth minute after Richard Ryan had created the opening.

Mike O’Brien finally had Emmets off the mark in the 10th minute but another point from Ollie Moran had his side 2-3 to 0-1 ahead with 12 minutes played.

Then in the 23th minute came their first half goal – Eoin O’Leary flicking to the net after Tadgh Flynn had saved a shot from Dermot McCarthy.

A long range effort from Brian Kelliher ensured the sides ended the half as they started.

On the restart Niall Moran blasted home another goal from a 21-metre free to send his side on their way to the win.

John Meskell, Richard Ryan and David Laing all scored two points each as they booked their final spot.

Meanwhile, in the county senior football championship the semi-final pairings were finalised on Saturday.

Champions Monaleen set up a last four clash with Fr Caseys with a 2-9 to 2-6 win over Ballylanders in Bruff.

An Eoin Keating goal from the penalty spot helped them to a 1-7 to 0-5 half time lead.

A Mike Mansell goal started the Bally fight back early in the second half but a goal from Muiris Gavin gave Monaleen a solid platform to book a semi-final place.

A late Kieran O’Callaghan goal was too late to see Bally claw back the Monaleen advantage.

Former champions Dromcollogher-Broadford were 2-9 to 0-6 winners over St Patricks.

They now meet Newcastle West in the semi-final.

Goals from Jason Stokes and Ray Lynch helped them to a 2-3 to 0-2 half time lead.

John Mullane points reduced the lead early in the second half but points from Pat Donnelly, Garrett Noonan and Eoin Barry eased them over the winning line.

For a full report on all the big, local GAA matches, don’t miss this weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader