THERE were wins for Monaleen and St Kieran’s in the Limerick SFC on Friday night as they confirmed their place in the knockout stages of this year’s championship.
Monaleen, who are going for their third title in four years, saw off Newcastle West, the beaten finalists of the last two years, on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-7 to conclude the group stages with an unbeaten record.
With thunder and lightning in Askeaton, Monaleen led for the entire game and after being ahead 0-5 to 0-4 at the break, they stayed in control to win by four points. The result means that Monaleen go straight through to the semi-finals. Newcastle West remain in third place but they need Pallasgreen to beat St Patrick’s if they are to sneak through to the quarter-finals. They meet on Saturday night in Caherconlish. A win for St Pat’s will ensure that the Rhebogue side advance while a draw would also be enough for Newcastle West.
In the other game in Group 1 on Saturday night, St Kieran’s were 3-12 to 0-10 winners over Adare.
St Kieran’s raced into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead early on but Adare fought back and by half time it was 1-6 to 0-6. But St Kieran’s pushed on in the second half to run out comfortable 11-point winners. Sean McSweeney helped himself to 1-5 while Jim Donovan and Jack Ben Harnett also goaled. The win ensures second place for St Kieran’s and means they will play the third-placed side in Group 2 - most likely the winners between Galbally and Ballysteen.
There are four games down for decision on Saturday night. In Group 1 St Pat’s play Pallasgreen while in Group 2, top place and an automatic semi-final place is up for grabs when champions Dromcollogher-Broadford meet Ballylanders in Kilmallock. Ballysteen and Galbally face off in Ballyagran to decide who takes third spot while the local derby between Fr Casey’s and Mountcollins in Newcastle West will decide what side avoids the relegation playoff. All games on Saturday are at 6pm.
Meanwhile in the Limerick IFC, there were three games down on Friday night with wins for Hospital-Herbertstown, Bruff and Gerald Griffins.
Bruff beat Oola by 2-11 to 2-10, Hospital-Herbertstown beat Cappamore by 2-11 to 0-14 and Gerald Griffins beat Na Piarasaigh 2-9 to 1-6.
However despite Oola’s loss, they still top the group and earn an automatic semi-final place. Bruff finished on six points alongside Cappamore and Hospital-Herbertstown but the latter lost out because of their inferior scoring difference. And despite Gerald Grffins win, they still go forward to the relegation decider.
There are three games in the other group on Saturday night. Claughaun meet Athea, Mungret take on Sean Finns and St Senan’s play Croom. Sean Finns and St Senan’s are guaranteed their knockout places while Mungret are in a very strong position to take third place ahead of Claughaun.