CHAMPIONS Kilmallock survived a stern test in this Sunday’s Limerick SHC quarter final before advancing past Doon, 1-14 to 0-15.
The sides were level on 13 occasions before Ger O’Loughlin’s champions hit the last three points to book a semi final against Na Piarsaigh.
When Kilmallock and Doon met at the semi final stage last season two points also separated the teams and Doon looked on course to reverse that results when 0-15 to 1-11 clear with three minutes to play.
But Bryan O’Sullivan, Jake Mulcahy and Gavin O’Mahony hit the last three scores to secure the win in terrible wet conditions in the Gaelic Grounds.
Doon were 0-9 to 0-6 clear at half time. It was a first half were all their scores came from play with two each for Denis Moloney, Pat Ryan, Barry Murphy and Dean Coleman.
But within the first minute of the second half Paudie O’Brien goaled for Kilmallock.
The sides swapped scores throughout until the final minutes when Kilmallock found their only run of three successive scores in game to edge the victory.
Elsewhere this Sunday, Feohanagh-Castlemahon beat west Limerick rivals Feenagh-Kilmeedy 4-13 to 0-12 in the IHC quarter final in Newcastle West.
The winners were 0-9 to 0-7 ahead at half time. But four second half goals saw them progress with Seamus Flanagan, Tossie Butler, Jeff Reidy and Jack Fitzgibbon their goal scorers.
In the Limerick IHC relegation final, Claughaun were 1-11 to 1-9 winners over Caherline in Bruff.
The city side were 0-6 to 0-4 up at half time. Midway through the second half Kyrin McGarry goaled to give Claughaun a six point lead and it was sufficient to hold on. Caherline now drop to the East JAHC in 2016 - the fourth tier of Limerick club hurling.
See weekend edition of the Limerick Leader for more from these games