Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock advance to meet in Limerick SHC final

Limerick club hurling championship up-date
The Limerick SHC final will be between keen rivals Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock after they came through their respective semi-finals in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

The Limerick SHC final will be between keen rivals Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock after they came through their respective semi-finals in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

Champions Na Piarsaigh were comprehensive 4-20 to 0-8 winners over Ahane while Kilmallock had to work hard for an 0-18 to 0-16 win over a previously unbeaten Doon side.

The final will take place in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, October 19, and will see the county’s two dominant club sides of recent times go head-to-head in the final for the first time. Kilmallock, winners in 2011 and 2013, will seek to dethrone the champions of 2012 and 2014.

Doon led 0-16 to 0-15 as the first game entered injury time but a pointed Eoin Ryan penalty and late efforts from Robbie Hanley and Ryan again edged Kilmallock towards the finish line.

There was one last chance for Doon to grab a winner but Cathal McNamara’s free was blocked on the line and Kilmallock held on.

In the second game, Ahane got off to a good start by scoring three early points but it was all Na Piarsaigh after that and a Shane Dowling goal helped them to a 1-9 to 0-5 lead at the break.

It was one-way traffic in the second half with Adrian Breen adding two goals and Dowling getting a second to seal a comfortable 24-point win.