Na Piarsaigh ease past Kilmallock and into Limerick minor final

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

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NA Piarsaigh eased past Kilmallock this Saturday to advance to meet Ahane in Limerick’s Premier MHC final next weekend.

NA Piarsaigh eased past Kilmallock this Saturday to advance to meet Ahane in Limerick’s Premier MHC final next weekend.

The final score in this semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds was Na Piarsaigh 1-23, Kilmallock 0-6.

Champions in 2011 and beaten finalists last season, Na Piarsaigh now meet Ahane, who will be appeared in their first top grade minor final since 1992.

It is almost two months since Ahane booked their place in the final but the other side of the draw was held for varying reasons, including an appeal into the result of a group game.

Na Piarsaigh made light of the long wait with an most efficient semi-final display.

They were 0-14 to 0-4 up at half time with captain and free-taker Ronan Lynch hitting 0-8 in the half.

Kilmallock only had two scores from play in the game and both came in the final minutes of the half from Paddy O’Loughlin and Danny Conway. O’Loughlin and Robbie Hanley were returning to the Gaelic Grounds just six days after playing vital roles when introduced as subs during Kilmallock’s Munster club SHC final victory over Cratloe last Sunday.

But on this occasion the duo were on the losing side and the second half was all one-way traffic with Marcus McManemy getting the Na Piarsaigh goal in the 41st minute of the game.

Lynch finished with 0-11, Peter Casey hit five points and McManemy ended with 1-2.

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