Bruff have qualified for the final of the Limerick Premier IHC but Blackrock and Croom must do it all again after they drew 1-17 each in Saturday’s other semi-final in Kilmallock.
Bruff were 0-21 to 1-9 winners over Garryspillane in Saturday’s second semi-final to book their final place - and a return to the senior ranks in 2015. The Bouncers had led 1-7 to 0-8 at the break, their goal coming from veteran forward Donie Ryan. But they only managed two points in a poor second-half showing as Bruff took over to run out nine-point winners. Shane Bulfin was the hero for the winners, finishing with 13 points to his name.
The earlier game was a much better contest as a Dylan Dawson free - with the last puck of the game - earned Blackrock a replay with Croom.
Croom, for whom Mark O’Riordan and Mark Reidy impressed, were 0-8 to 0-6 ahead at the break and went further clear early in the second half when Eoin Farrell struck for the first goal.
But Dawson’s cracking goal (he finished with 1-10 in total) kept Blackrock in contention and it was nip and tuck to the finish before the same player landed the equaliser.
The sides will replay next weekend (time and venue to be confirmed later). The final is fixed for Saturday, October 25.
- For a full report and photos from both these games, see the weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader