THERE were wins for St Patrick’s, Newcastle West and Fr Casey’s in the third round of the Limerick SFC over the weekend.
Newcastle West got the action underway on Friday night when they had a 0-16 to 1-12 win over Adare in the Bog Garden in Rathkeale. In a thrilling game, Jamie Lee popped up to score the winner late on, just after Adare had missed a glorious goal chance to take the lead.
Young Jack English, who had scored two points from play, was put through by Stephen Lavin only to see his goal effort blaze wide and from the resulting attack, Lee was on hand to land his fourth point of the day to seal the win for his side.
Newcastle West led 0-8 to 0-7 at the break but Adare looked to be on the cusp of a shock win when Mikey Lyons did brilliantly to get the game’s only goal to put Adare three clear.
Mike and Thomas Quilligan, Sean McAulliffe and Lee all pointed to keep Newcastle West in touch and although Mikey and Davy Lyons and Jack English responded for Adare, Lee had the last say.
The result sees Newcastle West move onto four points after three games but Adare are in relegation bother following their third loss and will need at least one win against Ballysteen or Galbally to avoid being dragged into a playoff.
In Friday’s other game, Fr Casey’s beat Ballysteen by 2-11 to 0-9 in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale. The sides were level 0-7 each at the break but Fr Casey’s, despite playing against the breeze in the second half, held Ballysteen to just two points. Goals from John Riordan and Thomas Smith saw them maintain their unbeaten run in the championship thus far.
There was just one game down for decision on Saturday with St Patrick’s proving much too strong for St Mary’s-Sean Finns to win by 3-13 to 0-7.
Goals from county stars Eoin Hanrahan (a penalty) and Gearoid Hegarty (a wonderful individual effort) had the city side 2-6 to 0-3 up at half time and Hanrahan’s second-half goal meant that there was no way back for the Rathkeale outfit. St Pat’s now go on to four points in the table alongside Ballylanders and Dromcollogher-Broadford - who meet on Wednesday night - while Sean Finns remain on two points after three games.
As well as Ballylanders meeting Drom on Wednesday night at 7pm in Kilmallock, St Kieran’s and Galbally meet in Bruff at the same time.
Monaleen’s game with Pallasgreen won’t take place this week because Pallasgreen have players involved with the Limerick minor hurling team next Sunday in the All Ireland semi-final.
- See a report of all Limerick SFC games in the Monday and weekend editions of the Limerick Leader