Limerick SHC - Adare beat Ballybrown

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Ballybrown's David Hall piles on the pressure on Adare's Wayne McNamara
ADARE are on course to return to the Limerick SHC final following their 2-24 to 1-13 quarter-final win over Ballybrown.

ADARE are on course to return to the Limerick SHC final following their 2-24 to 1-13 quarter-final win over Ballybrown.

Beaten in the final last season by Kilmallock, Adare will now play Doon in the semi-final.

They produced a stunning second half display to see off a determined Ballybrown outfit in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

The sides were level at half time 0-11 to 1-8 with Shane Kenny getting the Ballybrown goal.

But Ballybrown were to score just five points in the second half while Adare found 2-13 in a superb performance with Declan Hannon and Willie Griffin getting the goals.

They were led brilliantly from midfield by John Fitzgibbon, who finished with seven points from play.

Scores: Adare: Declan Hannon 1-9 (0-6frees), John Fitzgibbon 0-7, Willie Griffin 1-2, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Sexton 0-2 each, Donncha Sheehan, Jody Hannon 0-1 each. Ballybrown: Alan O’Connor 0-10 (6frees, 2 ‘65), Shane Kenny 1-1, Bryan Griffin, D Hall 0-1 each.

Adare: Shane O’Donoghue; Michael Clifford, John Paul Healy, Stephen Lavin; Ross Kennedy, Wayne McNamara, Gearoid Ahern; Jody Hannon, John Fitzgibbon; Conor Fitzgerald, Declan Hannon, Diarmuid Sexton; Donncha Sheehan, Paul Keane, Willie Griffin. Subs: Jeff Lohan for Gearoid Ahern (48mins), Andrew O’Connell for Willie Griffin (52mins), PJ Hall for Shane O’Donoghue (54mins), Lucas O’Brien for Diarmuid Sexton (55mins).

Ballybrown: David Lyons; Roddy Burke, David Harnett, Mike Kiely; Richie Kenny, Bryan Griffin, Ian Burke; Ross Griffin, Stephen Foster; Kyle Loftus, Pat McCarthy, Alan O’Connor; David Hall, Shane Kenny, David Byrnes. Subs: Brian Quinn for Ian Burke (43mins), James Hall for Stephen Foster (43mins), Adrian Roberts for Bryan Griffin (56mins).

Referee: Mike Meade (Ballylanders).

See the weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader for full report and pictures.