There was county football championship action on Thursday night in Limerick to begin a busy weekened on the local club scene.
St Kieran’s got their second win of the Limerick SFC thanks to a 0-10 to 0-6 triumph over Ballysteen in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale.
Sean McSweeney’s accuracy was crucial for the winners as he landed five points from frees. In a disappointing first half, Shane Hallinan got the scoring underway early on for Ballysteen but it was to be their only score of the half as St Kieran’s led 0-3 to 0-1 at the break.
McSweeney’s frees kept St Kieran’s ahead throughout the second half. And although Ballysteen hit back with points from John Collins and Sean Whelan to reduce the deficit to two, St Kieran’s did enough to seal the win with a late Darragh Treacy point seeing them home.
With 57 minutes on the clock there was a lengthy stoppage in play as St Kieran’s Diarmuid Carroll sustained a nasty looking head injury. Thankfully after being attended to by both teams medical teams and by Limerick footballer Dr Stephen Lucey – attending the match as a spectator – Carroll got back on his feet and walked off the pitch.
The other championship game on Thursday was the intermediate game between Na Piarsaigh and Cappamore, which finished level at 1-10 each.
Friday’s schedule includes the senior meeting of Newcastle West and Galbally in Kilmallock and the intermediate clash between Athea and Gerald Griffins in Abbeyfeale at 7.30pm. Both games throw in at 7.30pm.