CHAMPIONS Na Piarsaigh will face Ahane in a repeat of last season’s final in the quarter-finals of the Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored county senior hurling championship.
The rematch will take place on the weekend of August 26 and will be the centrepiece of what is a mouth watering quarter-final line-up with no team bringing a 100% record into the knockout stages.
Na Piarsaigh, the only side not to lose a game, eased into the last eight with a 22-point win over Croom in the Gaelic Grounds.
The county champions had goals from Breen brothers David and Adrian as well as Shane Dowling as they continued on the defence of their title.
Croom still advance despite the heavy defeat, which wasn’t helped by the bizarre sending off of their goalkeeper Ger Flynn in the 12th minute for a second yellow card. Both bookings were for throwing his hurley, while attempting desperate last ditch efforts to save goal bound attempts.
Ahane are their surprise opponents after they shocked previously unbeaten Kilmallock, 4-11 to 2-16.
The Castleconnell men trailed by eight points midway through the second half but scored three goals in the final 10-minutes to advance – MacDara Butler (2) and Richard Ryan were their goal scoring heroes.
Another eagerly awaited quarter-final will be between neighbours Patrickswell and Adare.
The Well defeated Garryspillane 1-16 to 0-13 to book their place, while Adare completely overran Emmets 5-19 to 0-6. But the former champions also needed a favour from Bruree, who defeated Granagh-Ballingarry to allow Adare progress as group runners-up to Emmets, who had booked their place ahead of the final round of group games.
However, Emmets caused something of a stir when they were forced to start their clash with Adare with just 13 players. They did get 15 on the field within minutes of the restart but could not contain a rampant Adare, who had a hat-trick of goals from John Fitzgibbon and two goals from Paul Keane.
Emmets now play Garryspillane in an all-south quarter-final.
The fourth quarter-final will also be an all-south affair with Kilmallock playing Croom.
At the other end of the championship, Granagh-Ballingarry, Effin, Hospital-Herbertstown and Knockainey will fight the relegation battle.
The senior County Cup will be contested between South Liberties, Murroe-Boher, Doon and Bruree.
In the intermediate championship, Mungret were the big winners of the weekend when two second half Brian Begley goals booked them a quarter-final place against Blackrock.
Monaleen beat Newcastle West to advance and will play Dromin-Athlacca in the last eight.
Elsewhere, Ballybrown play Knockaderry and Cappamore face Killeedy.
Not such good new for Claughaun as they again fight the intermediate hurling relegation battle. Joining them in the battle to avoid the drop to junior status are Caherline, Glenroe and Ballybricken-Bohermore.
The teams battling for the inaugural intermediate County Cup are Kildimo-Pallaskenry, Pallasgreen, Newcastle West adn Bruff.
Next weekend the attention shifts to the county senior and intermediate football championship with Limerick SFC champions Monaleen fighting for survival when they face Dromcollogher-Broadford.