ST Kierans have one foot in the knockout stages of the Limerick SFC after the weekend’s third round of group games.
The West Limerick side made it three wins from three outings with a 1-10 to 0-6 win over Pallasgreen in Clarina.
Last season’s quarter-finalists look destined to return to the business end of the county championship and with two games remaining they could yet push-on to top and group and book an automatic place in the semi-finals.
At half time the sides were dead-locked but St Kierans dominated the second period to maintain their unbeaten run.
After the restart they registered 1-5 without reply and indeed Pallasgreen were kept scoreless for 25-minutes of the second period.
The clinching goal came in the final minutes with Anthony Molyneaux finding the net. The winners had a four point return from Jack Ben Hartnett, while Sean McSweeney (3) and Ray Cahill (2) were also on the mark.
In the same group, Newcastle West returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-12 to 0-7 win over Adare.
A Sean Cronin goal has the winners 1-5 to 0-5 ahead at half time. But then the Teddy McCarthy managed side completely took over in the second half. They were to add 3-7 with just two points in reply from Adare.
Newcastle West had 2-3 from Sean Cronin and goals from subs James Kelly and Michael Quilligan.
Willie Griffin accounted for all bar two of the Adare scores.
In the other group, Ballysteen made it two wins from three starts with a 1-12 to 1-8 win over pointless Mountcollins.
Ballysteen were 0-7 to 0-2 clear at the break with Shane Hallinan and Mike Neville kicking two points each. A Donagh Walsh goal early in the second half reduced the arrears but Ballysteen sealed the win with 1-2 from Danny Neville in the second half.
In the Limerick IFC, favourites St Senans were 1-6 to 0-7 winners over Mungret, St Marys Sean Finns beat Claughaun 2-12 to 2-7 and Cappamore beat Gerald Griffins 1-5 to 0-6.