CHAMPIONS Na Piarsaigh survived a severe test this Saturday evening in round two of the Limerick SHC before eventually defeating South Liberties 1-13 to 0-12.
The holders trailed 0-10 to 1-3 at half time but after playing against the wind in the first half in a wet and windy Claughaun.
Inspired by Mark Keane and Barry Nash, Liberties were deserving half time leaders, with William O’Donoghue getting the Na Piarsaigh goal inside 30-seconds.
The second half was all about county minor Ronan Lynch. He hit eight frees to help Na Piarsaigh maintain their 100% start to the new championship.
Also in this group, Effin were 1-12 to 0-7 winners over Ballybrown. Backed by the wind in Kilmallock, Effin were 1-9 to no score clear at the interval. Their goal came from Tommy Quaid, who saw his penalty saved but he fired home the rebound.
With Darren Sheehy and Nickie Quaid also on the mark their was no way back for Ballybrown in the second half.
The third game in this group will take place at 6.30 on Sunday evening in Dromcollogher when Kilmallock play Granagh-Ballingarry.
In Group One, Patrickswell were 1-13 to 1-7 winners over Knockainey this Saturday afternoon.
Knockainey were 0-5 to 0-4 ahead in the first half. In terrible conditions Patrickswell went ahead entering the final quarter 1-8 to 1-7 and finished the stronger to get their first win.
On Friday night in this group Adare beat Murroe-Boher, while on Sunday at 2.00 in Caherconlish, Doon plat Ahane.
Meanwhile in the Limerick Premier Intermediate hurling championship, Knockaderry got their first win when they were 2-10 to 0-4 winners over Hospital-Herbertstown. The west Limerick men were 1-4 to 0-3 up at half time but piled on the second half scores to win.
On Friday night in the PIHC, there were wins over Croom over Blackrock and Garryspillane over Bruree. On Sunday Dromin-Athlacca play Bruff.
In the Limerick IHC this Saturday, Claughaun were 3-13 to 0-9 winners over Caherline. The city side laid the foundations when backed by the wind in the first half and led 3-8 to 0-2 at half time.
In this third tier championship on Friday evening Newcastle West and Mungret ended level, while Glenroe beat Feenagh-Kilmeedy.
On Sunday, Monaleen play Pallasgreen in Caherconlish at 7.00, while at the same time in Claughaun Kildimo-Pallaskenry play Cappamore.