Limerick IHC - Killedy bid to deny Dromin-Athlacca another final place

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Dromin-Athlacca and Killeedy meet in the first of the Limerick IHC semi-final this Saturday at 3.00 in Kilmallock.

Dromin-Athlacca and Killeedy meet in the first of the Limerick IHC semi-final this Saturday at 3.00 in Kilmallock.

It’s 20 years since Killeedy won the county intermediate hurling championship and they are on track to celebrate in the best possible manner.

They were in relegation trouble two years ago but bounced back last season and reached the quarter-final, where they lost to Glenroe.

They have already gone one step further this season.

Managed by John Lacey, Peter Brosnahan, Martin Casey, John O’Connor and Conor Magner, Killeedy will have nothing to loose in this game with all pressure on a Dromin-Athlacca side that are no strangers to the knockout stages.

When the sides met last season it was Dromin-Athlacca that were victorious and it was the same back in 2009.

Both meetings since Killeedy dropped from senior in 2008 were in the group stages.

This time round the prize is much bigger.

Killeedy lost to Blackrock in round one but regrouped to beat Caherline and Kildimo-Pallaskenry.

In the quarter-final they needed a replay to advance past Cappamore.

Captained by Cathal Mullane, Killedy will look to Jack Aherne, Danny Cremin, James Fitzmaurice and Patrick Cremin to guide them to the final.

But standing in their way is the ultra experienced Dromin-Athlacca.

IHC winners in 2004 and 2007, Dromin-Athlacca, like Ballybrown, have been knocked out by the champions in each of the last three years.

They were finalists in 2010 and semi-finalists in 2009 and 2011.

They now have Darren Moynihan as manager with Ted Moynihan, and Neillie Hogan as selectors.

They are the only side left in the championship that haven’t lost a game - albeit they drew with Bruff in a rip-roaring contest in round one and with Monaleen in the quarter-final.

Captained by Tiernan Ryan, Dromin-Athlacca appear to have strength on each line of the field.

However they have been forced to make changes throughout the season and will know that they will need everyone on board if they are to put back-to-back wins together and return to the senior ranks.

Paul Neenan remains their scoring ace from frees and from play.

However if they are to make another push towards a county title, he will need help on the score sheet from David Reidy and others.

At the other end of the field, their full back line will get a great test from Jack Aherne and James Fitzmaurice, who was the goal scoring hero in the quarter-final for Killeedy, who are getting better as the season goes on and could spring another surprise.

Prediction - Dromin-Athlacca