THERE were wins for Doon, Murroe-Boher and Ballybrown in the opening round of the Limerick SHC on Saturday evening.
In a repeat of one of last year’s semi-finals, Doon and Adare met in Kilmallock but this time it was Doon who came out on top on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-10.
Doon were 0-7 to 0-6 up at the break despite hitting ten first-half wides but a Michael Ryan midway through the second half set them clear and finished well to record an impressive eight-point win.
In Bruff, Murroe-Boher were 1-16 to 1-7 winners over Knockainey. Murroe were 0-12 to 0-1 up at the break after playing with the wind and Knockainey’s task was made even more difficult with the sending off of blood sub Tom Moloney just before the break.
To Knockainey’s credit, they made a right good battle of it in the second half with Mark Cleary’s goal getting them back into contention. Cleary hit the crossbar with a free shortly after but they couldn’t close the gap any further and their day ended on bad note when Cleary picked up what appeared a harsh red card and Pat Tobin got a late Murroe goal to secure a nine-point win.
Limerick senior star Seamus Hickey continued his return to full fitness by playing the full 60 minutes at wing forward for Murroe while fellow county star Seanie Tobin hit nine points of their tally.
In the other Limerick SHC game on Saturday night, Ballybrowne were 1-20 to 1-13 winners over Granagh-Ballingarry in Rathkeale while on Friday night South Liberties were 2-15 to 0-8 winners over Effin in Caherconlish.
In the Premier IHC, there was also three games down for decision on Saturday. Dromin-Athlacca, who played the entire second half with 14 men following the sending off of Paul Neenan, came from seven points down to earn a 1-16 all draw with Bruree in Bruff. The game looked over as a contest early in the second half when Kieran O’Dea goaled to put Bruree 1-12 to 0-8 clear but David Reidy inspired a Dromin-Athlacca revival and when Reidy pointed a free with a minute remaining to put them ahead, it seemed as if they had staged the most unlikely of comebacks.
But there was to be an even later chance for Bruree and Kieran O’Dea brought his tally for the evning to 1-11 when he landed the equalising free.
The other Premier IHC games saw Blackrock beat Knockaderry 2-15 to 3-11 while Croom beat Hospital-Herbertstown 1-11 to 0-9.
In the Limerick IHC, Monaleen were 2-10 to 0-13 winners over St Kieran’s and Cappamore beat Killeedy 0-14 to 0-11 - both games were on Saturday. In the IHC games on Friday, Glenroe beat Mungret by 1-12 to 0-6 while Newcastle West beat Claughaun 1-14 to 0-12.
Sunday brings another busy day of action on the Limerick club scene. Patrickswell and Ahane meet at 2pm in Bruff while at 7pm in Bruff champions of 2013 and 2011 Na Piarsaigh meet Kilmallock, the champions of 2010 and 2012, in what is undoubtedly the game of the weekend.
The remaining game of the Premier IHC sees Bruff and Garryspillane clash in Kilmallock at 1.30pm and at the same time in Clarina, Feenagh-Kilmeedy and Caherline meet in the IHC.