LIMERICK intermediate football champions Pallasgreen had to give way to Kerry’s Finuge on a 2-9 to 1-9 scoreline in this Munster club IFC semi-final.
But not before a titantic struggle in a tough encounter in Bruff.
The game saw three players dismissed by Clare official Rory Hickey.
Former Footballer of the Year Paul Galvin was shown a straight red card midway through the second.
Galvin clased with Pallasgreen’s Robert O’Donnell, The Limerick man was also sent to the line but only for a second yellow card.
Indeed Pallasgreen ended up with just 13-players as Jonathan Deere was dismissed in injury-time.
Like O’Donnell, it was also for a second yellow card.
On the field of play, Pallasgreen were left to rue a slow start.
In their quarter-final win over Ballinameela in Waterford they scored early goals but on this occasion they found themselves 2-4 to 0-2 down after 15-minutes.
They did hold the Kerry champions scoresless for the remainder of the half and it was 2-4 to 0-6 at half time.
The Kerry side increased the lead with three points on the resumption but again Pallasgreen then held them scoreless for over 15-minutes.
But, alas, Pallasgreen could’t find the necessary goal.
It eventually came in injury time from substitute Pa Hennessy.
SCORES: Pallasgreen: C McMahon 0-4 (4frees), P Hennessy 1-0, E Mulcahy, K Barry, T McMahon, T Cosgrave, S Hayes 0-1 each. Finuge: J Flaherty 2-0, P Galvin 0-2 (2frees), R Galvin, M Corridan, J Griffin, S Power, P Corridan (free), J McCarthy, R Heffernan 0-1 each.
PALLASGREEN - Denis O’Connor; Willie O’Dwyer, Wayne McCarthy, Kevin Dillon; Seamus Hayes, Lorcan O’Dwyer, Eddie Mulcahy; Tony McMahon, Jonathan Deere; Robert O’Donnell, Chris McMahon, Seamus Mulcahy; Kevin Barry, Aidan Shanahan, Alan Wallace. Subs: Trevor Cosgrave for Seamus Mulcahy (36mins), Owen Roche for Kevin Barry (42mins), Pa Hennessy for Alan Wallace (50mins).
FINUGE - Cillian Fitzmaurice; Chris Allen, Trevor McKenna, Declan McCarthy; Paudie Galvin, Pat Corridan, Conor Fitzmaurice; Paul Galvin, Maurice Corridan; Jack Corridan, John Griffin, Stephen Power; James Flaherty, Michael Conway, Raymond Galvin. Subs: John McCarthy for Michael Conway (42mins), Fergus Fitzmaurice for Jack Corridan (52mins), Ricky Heffernan for Stephen Power (52mins), Mike Lynch for Raymond Galvin (56mins).
REFEREE - Rory Hickey (Clare).
See the weekend print edition of the LImerick Leader for a full report.