The semi final pairings of the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship have been decided after the final round of games at the weekend. Knockainey will play Garryspillane while Bruree take on Monaleen. Here is a roundup of the action from the Premier IHC games.
Knockainey topped the group thanks to a 3-16 to 0-16 win over Monaleen. Jason Lonergan’s 2-1 went a long way to earning the south Limerick side a comfortable victory. Liam O’Shea top scored for Knockainey with 1-9, 1-4 of which came from play. Nigel Finch also excelled at full back for Natal O’Grady’s side. Andrew Le Touche Cosgrave was Monaleen’s ace marksman with 0-9 points but the 12 wides the city side hit cost them and Knockainey had plenty to spare in this match.
Garryspillane reached their second consecutive Premier IHC semi final thanks to a one point win over Blackrock. Garryspillane had the benefit of a strong first half breeze and went in ahead at half time three points to the good. Blackrock rallied in the second half and going into the final 10 minutes the game was level. Then came the game’s key moment when Colin Ryan buried a penalty for Garryspillane after Cathal Shanahan was fouled. Paudie Leahy did score a goal from a 21 metre free in the final moments for Blackrock but Garryspillane held on for a priceless one point win on a score of 1-21 to 3-14.
Bruree ensured their semi final place after a comfortable 12 point win over Granagh - Ballingarry. Steve McDonagh’s side led by four at half time but goals in the 48th minute from Kieran O’Dea and Gerard O’Dea in the 55th minute gave Granagh - Ballingarry no hope of a comeback. Kieran O’Dea finished the game with 1-6 to his name for Bruree who also had outstanding performances from Gerard O’Brien and Shane Mullane. Final score: Bruree 2-14 Granagh - Ballingarry 0-8.
The other game in the Premier IHC between Dromin Athlacca and Pallasgreen was a dead rubber with both sides already confined to the IHC in 2016. Dromin Athlacca won the game 6-9 to 1-9.
The South Junior A Hurling Final replay also took place at the weekend and Staker Wallace came out victorious with a two point win against Castletown - Ballyagran. The sides were level at half time on a score of 0-9 to 1-6, Castletown - Ballyagran’s goal coming from Shane Hourigan. Ian Carroll goaled for Stakers in the second half. Donal McCarthy’s put Stakers four points clear and they held on for the win despite late points from Castletown - Ballyagran from Edmund O’Donnell and Aidan McAuliffe. Castletown - Ballyagran play Tournafulla in the County Quarter Final while Staker Wallace play Drom Broadford in their quarter final.
The City Junior A Hurling Final between St Patricks and Na Piarsaigh ended level thanks to Brendan Mullins’ last gasp injury time goal for Saints. Na Piarsaigh were the better side throughout the game and always kept St Patricks at arms length. Conor Boylan their scorer in chief with 0-7 points in the first half. Jason Mullins scored the same amount for St Pats to leave the score 0-11 to 0-7 in Na Piarsaigh’s favour. The second half continued in the same vein until the last minute goal. With the County Quarter Final’s to be played next weekend, the City Board have fixed the replay for 7pm this Wednesday at the Gaelic Grounds.