The semi-final pairings in the Limerick Premier IHC were decided on Friday night on what was a busy evening of action.
Garryspillane will play Bruff in one semi-final game with Blackrock taking on Croom in the other. Both games will be played in Kilmallock on Saturday, October 11. Knockaderry will be relegated to the regular IHC in 2015 along with Hospital-Herbertstown.
Garryspillane defeated Blackrock 3-8 to 0-11 after two goals in the first ten minutes from Danny Hayes set The Bouncers on their way to victory. Hayes took advantage of poor defending for his first major before being assisted by Donie Ryan for his second goal.
With ten minutes on the clock they led 2-1 to 0-2 after David Moloney scored the first two points of the game.
Garryspillane were able to stay two scores up throughout the period and got a third goal, courtesy of Donie Ryan, in first half stoppage time.
The Bouncers led 3-4 to 0-7 at the change of ends and held onto their six point lead throughout the second stanza.
There were only eight points scored in the second half – four each – as the players were struggling with the conditions under lights.
Despite the defeat, Blackrock still finished top of the group and will play Croom in the last four.
Croom finished fourth after being upset by Bruree 2-5 to 0-10 in Mick Neville Park. Goals in either half secured the shock win and, more importantly, ensured that Bruree stay up in the PIHC for 2015.
Bruree’s win means it is Knockaderry who are relegated. They were beaten 1-14 to 1-11 by Bruff.
Knockaderry started the brighter of the two sides with Liam O’Sullivan scoring an early goal. The west Limerick men led 1-7 to 1-6 at the break with a late John Cooke goal keeping Bruff in the game.
Bruff outscored Knockaderry 0-8 to 0-4 in the second half to seal second spot and will look forward to their semi-final with Garryspillane.
In the other game, Dromin-Athlacca beat already relegated Hospital-Herbertstown 1-16 to 3-6 despite trailing at the break. That game had no bearing on the final standings as results elsewhere meant they couldn’t go through.
- For a full report on all these games, as well as all of the rest of the club championship action, see our dedicated 12-page supplement in Thursday’s Limerick Leader Sport section