There were wins for Ballybrown and Monaleen in their respective Limerick hurling championships on Friday night.
Ballybrown were 2-18 to 1-12 winners over Croom in their SHC game in Croagh while Monaleen did just enough to edge out Pallasgreen on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-15 in their Premier IHC game in Caherconlish.
An Alan O’Connor goal helped Ballybrown to a 1-8 to 0-7 lead at half time but Croom were dealt a considerable blow when Stephen Lucey was forced off with an injury before the break.
Croom started the second half well and a Conor Laffan goal had them back on level terms within two minutes of the restart. But Ballybrown weathered the storm and a string of fine points put them clear before Shane Kenny goaled to put the issue beyond doubt late on.
The result means that Ballybrown are now second in the table with just one game to play - but they have played at least once more than the rest of the sides in the group. Their final game is against Doon. Croom are rooted to the bottom of the table and will need a win from one of their remaining two games - against Doon and Na Piarsaigh - if they are to avoid relegation.
Meanwhile, Monaleen are right into contention for a semi-final spot after their one-point win over Pallasgreen.
It was a game that was nip and tuck throughout the 60 minutes with the teams level on 13 occasions. Andrew Le Touche Cosgrave and Colin Ryan were back on the pitch less than 24 hours after Limerick’s U-21 Munster Final victory.
The team’s could not be separated in the first half level at eight points each at the short whistle, Jamie Porter and Brian Geary impressing for a young Monaleen team. Pa Roche and Brian Fanning were Pallasgreen’s shining lights.
In truth Monaleen should have won the game by a greater margin but Cosgrave, despite scoring six frees, managed to miss another six. Ryan on the other hand for Pallasgreen was sensational from placed balls, with seven of his nine points coming from frees.
The key score in the game from Alan Nicholas in the 52nd minute, a score that gave Monaleen a two point lead for the first time in the game and Pallasgreen were unable to claw it back. Monaleen are now tied on six points with Bruree and Garryspillane after five games. Knockainey top the group on seven points.
Pallasgreen are sixth on three points but there is still plenty to play for for both teams with the top four reaching the semi-finals and the bottom two being relegated. Monaleen’s remaining games are against Knockainey and Garryspillane while Pallasgreen have Blackrock and Dromin-Athlacca in their last two games.
Elsewhere, in the Limerick IHC, Mungret maintained their 100% record and secured a semi-final spot thanks to a 4-22 to 2-12 win over bottom side Caherline who are now confined to a relegation playoff.
For Jerome O’Connell’s previews of all this weekend’s SHC games click here
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