LIMERICK intermediate football champions Pallasgreen will play Paul Galvin’s Finuge side in the Munster semi-final next weekend after their dramatic 2-8 to 2-7 win over Ballinameela (Waterford) on Sunday.
Just eight days after beating Claughaun after extra time in the Limerick final, it looked as if Pallas were going to draw again at the Waterford venue. The sides were level at 2-7 each as the game ticked towards the final whistle but a late point from Alan Wallace proved to be the winning score.
Pallasgreen got off to a devastating start, with Kevin Barry and Alan Wallace both netting inside three minutes against a stunned Ballinameela.
However, a 24th minute goal from midfielder Brian Phelan and a Conor Buckley score cut the gap to three points (2-3 to 1-3) at the interval.
Pallasgreen drew first blood on the turnover when Chris McMahon pointed a free, but the sides were all square in the 34th minute when Phelan fired home from close range.
With Phelan and Aidan Ahearne continuing to dominate midfield, the odds were now on a Ballinameela victory. But Pallasgreen never panicked as their defence stood firm.
Twice in the closing stages the rivals traded points, but, with extra-time looming, Wallace slotted Pallasgreen’s winning point.
The Kerry champions - who have Galvin and new Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice in their starting team - come to Limerick next Sunday.
SCORERS - Pallasgreen: Kevin Barry 1-1, Alan Wallace 1-1, Trevor Cosgrave 0-2 (one free), Chris McMahon 0-2 (both frees), Robert O’Donnell, Seamus Mulcahy 0-1 each; Ballinameela: B. Phelan 2-2, C Buckley 0-2 (one free), D Phelan, J Curran, T Curran 0-1 each
PALLASGREEN - D. O’Connor; W. O’Dwyer, W. McCarthy, K. Dillon; S. Hayes, L. O’Dwyer, E. Mulcahy; T. McMahon, R. O’Donnell; T. Cosgrave, C. McMahon, S. Mulcahy; K. Barry, A. Shanahan, A. Wallace. Subs: P. Hennessy for Shanahan (48); O. Roche for Barry (54).
BALLINAMEELA: J. McGrath; S. Flavin, M. Walsh, K. Looby; D. Phelan, E. Walsh, T. Curran; A. Ahearne, B. Phelan; J. Curran, C. Walsh, K. Phelan; E. Walsh. C. Buckley. J. Fletcher. Subs: C. Radley for Looby (47); J. Harrington for K. Phelan (47).
Referee: Edmund Walsh, Kerry.
- For a full report on this game see the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader