Kilmallock and Ballybrown booked their place in the Limerick SHC quarter-finals on Thursday evening when they got the better of Effin and Hospital-Herbertstown respectively.
Champions Kilmallock eased into the last eight with a 3-11 to 0-9 win over Effin this Thursday evening.
The 11-point local derby success for Tony Considine’s Kilmallock side ensured they advanced to the knockout stages with a 100% record after three rounds of group games.
They will be joined in the last eight by Ballybrown, who were 3-15 to 0-6 winners over Hospital-Herbertstown last evening.
The clash of next door neighbours Kilmallock and Effin drew a big attendance to Kilfinane but the encounter never lived up to its billing.
Kilmallock led 1-6 to 0-3 at half time with Gavin O’Mahony getting the winner’s goal.
Graeme Mulcahy and Eoin Ryan added further second half goals. Tommy Quaid hit all bar one of the Effin scores.
The game saw inter-county man Paudie O’Brien prove his fitness with a comfortabale 55 minutes in midfield for Kilmallock.
In their first season back in the top flight, Ballybrown finished as runners up to Kilmallock with their comprehensive win over Hospital-Herbertstown.
The reigning intermediate champions were 1-7 to 0-6 ahead at the break but held their opponents scoreless in the second half. The winners had goals from Alan O’Connor, David Hall and David Byrnes.
Effin and Hospital-Herbertstown will now be involved in the relegation play-offs.