Five key games in Limerick SHC

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Shane Dowling, Na Piarsaigh, in action against David Grimes, South Liberties in an earlier round of the Limerick SHC
THE first of the semi-finalists in the Limerick senior hurling championship could be confirmed this Tuesday evening.

THE first of the semi-finalists in the Limerick senior hurling championship could be confirmed this Tuesday evening.

There are five games scheduled for round four of the club championship and if both Na Piarsaigh and Doon maintain their 100% records they will ensure semi-final berths.

The top team in each of the two groups of six teams advance directly to the last four and the champions and the east Limerick side are in pole position.

This Tuesday (6.45) Na Piarsaigh travel to Askeaton to play Granagh-Ballingarry. Shane O’Neill’s side will be able to call upon his five inter-county senior men - Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes, David Breen, Alan Dempsey and Cathal King. On top of that will be Ronan Lynch, fresh from his tally of 13-points for the Limerick minors in Croke Park on Sunday.

Granagh-Ballingarry will look to Limerick senior captain Donal O’Grady for much inspiration but the west Limerick men only have one win to-date.

A win for Na Piarsaigh will also confirm Kilmallock’s place in the quarter-finals as runners-up to the champions.

Doon meanwhile must beat Knockainey in Caherconlish to book their spot in the last four.

The east Limerick men are the hottest of favourites to beat the All Blacks, who are without a win.

That would leave three places in the knockout places up for grabs.

Adare and Ahane meet in the Gaelic Grounds at 8.15 with the winner almost sure of advancing. The curtain-raiser in the Gaelic Grounds is between Patrickswell and Murroe-Boher at 6.45 with both needing a win to have any chance of progressing.

The final fixture is the clash of South Liberties and Ballybrown in Claughaun at 6.45. Both need to win to put themselves in a position to challenge for a knockout place in the final round. For the loser, relegation will be the battle ahead.