There was a number of shocks in the Limerick SHC on Friday evening as Knockainey, South Liberties, Murroe-Boher and Doon all recorded wins
Ten months after just avoiding relegation Knockainey have turned around their fortunes to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Limerick SHC.
The All-Blacks defeated Adare on Friday evening 1-12 to 0-11 to advance to the knockout stages.
Their prize for defeating one of the championship favourities, is a quarter-final spot against champions Kilmallock.
Ahead of this Saturday evening’s final two group games, seven of the eight quarter-finalists have been confirmed.
Aside from Knockainey, the other surprise packet is South LIberties.
For the first time in almost 30 years they have reached the quarter-finals after a comprehensive 1-18 to 1-10 win over last season’s semi-finals Garryspillane.
South Liberties will now play Doon, who competed their group last evening with a 100% record thanks to a 1-20 to 1-13 win over Granagh-Ballingarry.
But Knockainey are the surprise side by virtue of their final round win over previously undefeated Adare.
Knockainey were good value for the win with a Liam O’Shea goal midway through the second half helping them over the winning line.
Despite the loss Adare still top the group and will play Ballybrown in the last eight.
Murroe-Boher defeated Bruree last evening, 3-20 to 4-10 but, not for the first time, they lost out on progression on scoring difference to Adare and Knockainey after all three ended with two wins from three games.
The winners lined out without injured inter-county man Sean Tobin but had two goals from Mikey Ryan to help them to victory. Bruree had a return of 2-7 from Ciaran O’Dea but still fell short and both now battle relegation.
The final two games of the group stages will be a double header this Saturday evening in the Gaelic Grounds.
Ahane play Croom at 6.00 and Na Piarsaigh play Patrickswell at 7.30