ADARE came from behind to beat Murroe-Boher 1-20 to 1-16 in the big game on the Limerick GAA club scene on Friday night.
In the first senior hurling championship game of the weekend, Adare trailed 0-9 to 0-8 at half-time in Clarina but produced a powerful second-half to run out four-point winners.
The turning point was a Willie Griffin goal ten minutes into the second half. Murroe had been the better side up to then and could have been out of sight had they taken the two goal chances they created, one either side of the break. But Adare hung in and Griffin’s goal put them 1-11 to 0-12 in front, the first time they went ahead in the game. They wouldn’t trail after that. With Griffin growing into the game, Declan Hannon reliable from frees and midfielder John Fitzgibbon inspirational in the closing 20 minutes, their finish was impressive.
For Murroe, Seamus Hickey was hugely influential in the opening half but Seanie Tobin was the real star of the show as he finished with 12 points, seven of them from play.
Adare’s win leaves them on two points in Group 1, the same as Murroe-Boher. Adare had lost to Doon in the opening round while Murroe had been big winners over Knockainey. The other games in Group 1 this weekend sees Patrickswell take on Knockainey and Doon face Ahane. In Group 2 Na Piarsaigh play South Liberties, Kilmallock face Granagh-Ballingarry and Effin meet Ballybrown.
In the Premier IHC, Croom continued their unbeaten record with a 0-16 to 1-11 win over Blackrock while Garryspillane beat Bruree 1-14 to 0-12.
In the IHC, Mungret and Newcastle West drew 3-10 each while Glenroe easily got the better of Feenagh-Kilmeedy on a scoreline of 0-20 to 0-9 while St Kieran’s beat Killeedy 2-9 to 2-6.