Emmets first team into Limerick hurling quarter-finals

DIVISIONAL side Emmets are the only side confirmed as quarter-finalists in the Limerick senior hurling championship after the weekend’s second round of action.

DIVISIONAL side Emmets are the only side confirmed as quarter-finalists in the Limerick senior hurling championship after the weekend’s second round of action.

The south Limerick amalgamation, who were 2010 county finalists, followed up their opening round win over Bruree with a comprehensive 0-20 to 1-12 win over Granagh-Ballingarry, who had defeated Adare in round one.

Emmets will play Adare in the final round. The former champions will need to win after only drawing with Bruree at the weekend. The game finished 0-12 to 1-9 with Gerard O’Dea getting the Bruree goal.

Kilmallock are the only other team with a 100% record after they over-ran Murroe-Boher 1-26 to 1-10 on Sunday in Bruff with captain Paidie O’Brien helping himself to six points from play. Fellow inter-county man, Graeme Mulcahy notched their goal in the second half after they led 0-13 to 0-5 at half time.

Reigning champions Na Piarsaigh are back in contention after they earned a 1-9 to 0-7 win over Hospital-Herbertstown.

The Caherdavin side will still need to get some result from their final game against Croom to ensure their title defence remains on track.

Croom came back with a bang when overcoming South Liberties 4-14 to 2-6. Croom had only drawn with Hospital-Herbertstown in round one but quickfire goals from Conor Laffan and Stevie Cahill helped them to get off to a flyer in Clarina. Inpired by Limerick senior Conor Allis, Croom eased to a 14-point win.

Also on Friday night was the game of the weekend when Garryspillane and Effin played out a 5-11 to 3-17 draw in Kilfinane.

Garryspillane scored three goals from Colm Hickey, Danny Hayes and Donie Ryan in the opening seven minutes. But back came intermediate champions Effin and by half time they were 1-11 to 3-3 ahead with Damien Moloney finding the net just before half time.

But Garryspillane looked destined for victory when further goals from Hickey and Hayes helped them into a 5-11 to 2-15 lead with five minutes to play. But goals from Moloney and Thomas Quaid (free) grabbed a dramatic draw.

In this group on Sunday, there was another draw. An injury time point from Mike Fitzgerald secured a 0-12 each draw for Doon and Patrickswell.

The men from the east were 0-7 to 0-6 ahead at half time. But with Thomas O’Brien and brother Seanie on target, The Well were positioned for victory until Fitzgerald ended 15 minutes without a Doon score to ensure a draw.