Drama aplenty in six key games in Limerick GAA this Thursday

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick GAA round-up
CHAMPIONS Kilmallock remain unbeaten in their Limerick SHC title defence after this Thursday evening’s 4-13 to 0-17 win over Murroe-Boher in round three of the championship.

CHAMPIONS Kilmallock remain unbeaten in their Limerick SHC title defence after this Thursday evening’s 4-13 to 0-17 win over Murroe-Boher in round three of the championship.

The game in Caherconlish was one of seven games across Limerick this Thursday evening.

Ger O’Loughlin’s Kilmallock hit a remarkable 19 first half wides when backed by a very strong wind and still led 1-10 to 0-4 at half time with Gavin O’Mahony getting their goal from the penalty spot.

An early second half goal from Paul Doona increased the lead but then Murroe-Boher battled back to 2-12 to 0-13.

Then Graeme Mulcahy and Robbie Egan found goals to ease Kilmallock over the winning line.

Also in the Limerick SHC, Adare recorded their third successive draw in Clarina against Na Piarsaigh, who had won both previous group games.

Adare were 2-10 to 0-9 up at half time with Willie Griffin and Mikey Mackey getting their goals.

Early in the second half increased their advantage to 10-points with a second Mackey goal.

But two goals from Adrian Breen and 0-10 (two from play) for Shane Dowling brought Na Piarsaigh back to level.

Adare had 1-9 (0-4frees) from Griffin and 2-1 from Mackey.

It finished Adare 3-16, Na Piarsaigh 2-19.

There were also two games in the Limerick Premier IHC.

Both finished level.

Nigel Finch secured a draw for Knockainey in a dramatic finish to their tie with Blackrock. It finished Knockainey 3-9, Blackrock 1-15.

Knockain against wind led 2-6 to 0-9 at half time. Liam O’Shea goal and Mark Cleary got their goals.

Dave Maloney looked to have won it for The Rockies with a 60th minute goal but then the Finch goal in fourth minute of added time secured the draw.

Bruree and Pallasgreen ended in a draw thanks to the sharpshooting of both teams free takers Colin Ryan and Kieran O’Dea.

The final score was Bruree 1-16, Pallsgreen 0-19.

Ryan slotted 14 points with 12 of them coming from places balls. O’Dea was Bruree’s ace marksman, scoring eight frees.

Elsewhere there were two junior league titles decided on the field of play.

Kildimo-Pallaskenry retained the Limerick Junior A Football League titles with a 3-7 to 1-12 win over Cappagh in Askeaton.

Two late frees from centre forward Darragh Deegan edged Kildimo-Pallaskenry to the narrow victory.

Kildimo Pallaskenry’s ability to create and score goal chances was ultimately the difference as they fought back from four points down inside the opening 10 minutes.

Seamus Carroll’s tally of 1-4 for Cappagh included the best goal of the game but it wasn’t to be as Kildimo-Pallaskenry withstood a late siege to claim the title.

Doon retained the Limerick Junior B Hurling League titles with a 2-12 to 0-13 win over Granagh-Ballingarry in Hospital.

The Doon second half goals came from Mark Coleman and Ger Beary in the 32nd and 42nd minutes. Coleman scored 1-3 & Shane McKenna 0-4 all from play for the winners, who trailed at half time 0-8 to 0-5.

John O’Grady top scored for Granagh-Ballingarry with 0-4 (3 frees)