FORMER kingpins Patrickswell will meet Na Piarsaigh in the semi-finals of the Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored county senior hurling championship, after dethroning Kilmallock.
In the other side of the draw, Ahane will play last season’s beaten finalists; Emmets.
A scoring burst of 1-2 from Patrickswell in injury-time saw them snatch a 1-15 to 0-17 win over Kilmallock in Bruff on Sunday evening.
Kilmallock looked on course to advance to the semi-finals when five points up with five minutes to play.
But then Thomas O’Brien goaled in injury time to kick-start the late fight back for the Gary Kirby and Brian Lohan managed Patrickswell. His borther Seanie O’Brien levelled and then teenager Mark Carmody snatched the win in the fourth minute of injury time.
Patrickswell led 0-8 to 0-7 at half time.
Kilmallock emerged a more determined outfit in the second half and Eoin Ryan, O’Donnell and Andrew O’Shaughnessy were among the scores as they opened a 0-13 to 0-9 lead in the third quarter of the game.
The Tony Considine managed side looked on course to continue on their title defence, until the late savo from Patrickswell.
On Saturday evening in the Gaelc Grounds, their was another shock when Ahane overcame Adare 2-16 to 0-18.
They paved the way for the win when leading 2-9 to 0-8 at half time.
Underdogs Ahane got the ideal start when Ollie Moran goaled in the eighth minute.
By the midway point of the opening half, Ahane were ahead 1-5 to 0-4 .
The second goal came in first half injury-time when Sean Madden flicked to the net.
Five second half points from Willie Griffin looked to kick-start the Adare fight back in the second half but Ahane held on.
Na Piarsaigh eased into the last four with a 4-13 to 0-16 win over Doon.
The city side led 1-9 to 0-11 at the break.
The sides were level six times in the opening half until the crucial score arrived in the 29th minute with David Breen firing to the the net.
At the start of the second half, Na Piarsaigh got the crucial goals. Two came from evergreen Shane O’Neill and their fourth from sub Kieran Kennedy.
Another big quarter-final winner was last season’s beaten finalists, Emmets.
The divisional side from south Limerick overcame last season’s intermediate champions Hospital-Herbertstown 1-23 to 1-14 in Fitzgerald Park in Kilmallock.
The amalgamation side were 0-13 to 0-3 ahead at half time after playing with the wind in the opening half.
Dermot McCarthy and Paudie Leahy helped themselves to two points, while Eoin Walsh hit three as Emmets set a hot tempo.
But on the change of ends, Hospital-Herbertstown rallied when Donie Reale goaled in the 39th minute.
But Emmets then upped the tempo once more with McCarthy and Eoin Walsh adding further points and then in injury time, Eoin Walsh sealed the win with his side’s goal.
See this week’s print edition of the Limerick Leader for a full report on all four Limerick SHC quarter-finals