LIMERICK intermediate hurling champions Ballybrown bowed out of the Munster club IHC when beaten 2-13 to 0-14 after extra-time by Kerry senior champions Ballyduff.
Last year Limerick’s Effin beat Ballyduff in the Munster final but this time round the Kerry men were too strong for Ballybrown.
But it was a game that the Clarina men should have won in normal time but plenty chances to secure a final place against Silvermines.
The sides were level 0-7 to 1-4 at half time with Bobby O’Sullivan getting the Ballyduff goal.
Then on the change of ends, Ballybrown looked to be primed for victory with Lee Doolin, Richie Kenny and Alan O’Connor opening a 0-11 to 1-4 lead.
But they failed to build on that advantage and were to score just two points in the final 20-minutes.
Ballyduff got their second crucial goal four minutes from the end to snatch a 2-7 to 0-13 draw.
In extra-time there was always only one winner.
By the end of the first period Ballyduff were 2-12 to 0-13 clear.
Sub Andrew Cliffe got the only score for Ballybrown in extra-time.
SCORES: Ballybrown: A O’Connor 0-6 (5frees), L Doolin 0-2, S Foster, B Griffin, M Kiely, R Kenny, S Kenny, A Cliffe, 0-1 each. Ballyduff: B O’Sullivan 1-9 (0-8frees, ‘65), G O’Brien 1-0, P Boyle 0-2, M Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.
BALLYBROWN - David Lyons, Roddy Burke, James Kennedy, Stevie O’Reilly; Ian Burke, Richie Kenny, Des Kenny; Stephen Foster, James Hall; Kyle Loftus, Alan O’Connor, Shane Kenny; Mikey Kiely, Bryan Griffin, Lee Doolin. Subs: Adrian Roberts for Ian Burke, inj (24mins), David Hall for Mikey Kiely (39mins), Pat Hartigan for Kyle Loftus (51mins), Pat McCarthy for Lee Doolin (58), Andrew Cliffe for Stephen Foster (h-t, e-t), David Hartnett for Roddy Burke, inj (17mins, e-t).
BALLYDUFF - PJ O’Gorman; David O’Grady, Liam Boyle, Jason Bowler; Joe Bunyan, Padraig O’Grady, David Goulding; Barry O’Grady, Paud Costello; Mickey Boyle, Gary O’Brien, Pat Joe Connolly; Padraig Boyle, Aidan Boyle, Bobby O’Sullivan. Subs: Ally O’Connor for David Goulding (36mins), Thomas O’Rourke for Pat Joe Connolly (36mins), Martin O’Connor for Paud Costello (57mins), Pat Joe Connolly for Barry O’Grady (7mins, e-t), Paud Costello for Liam Boyle 21mins, e-t).
REFERE - Pat Casey (Waterford).
See the weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader for a full report.