ONE of the six games in this Wednesday evening’s final round of group games in the Limerick SFC was abandoned and could now cause delays to the next stage of the championship.
Just three minutes, plus injury time, remained in the fiery clash of St Patricks and Pallasgreen when referee Mike Meade left the field in Caherelly.
Last season’s beaten county finalists St Patricks were 3-10 to 1-13 ahead at the time and had just been awarded a penalty when the melee that caused the abandonment took place. Earlier in the game both sides had players sent off while it is understood that a player from either side was also sent off in the course of the late melee, before the referee failed to restart and finish the contest.
Limerick GAA officials now await the referee’s report before deciding the next course of action.
If one of the teams is found to be the cause of the early ending the other would be awarded the game.
Another option could see the game replayed.
Both outcomes could have knockout effects for the quarter final line-up and the paring for the relegation play-off.
What is confirmed is that Dromcollogher-Broadford and Newcastle West finish top of the two groups and advance to the semi finals.
Ballysteen and Fr Caseys also move forward to the quarter finals as the second and third placed teams behind Newcastle West.
However the other group very much relies on the outcome of the St Patricks v Pallasgreen game.
Champions Ballylanders finished as the second placed team behind Drom-Broadford and will be in the quarter finals.
It looks like Monaleen will also be quarter finalists.
If this is the case the quarter finals on September 26/27 would be Ballylanders v Fr Caseys and Ballysteen v Monaleen. Then in the semi finals; Drcomollogher-Broadford would await the winner of Ballysteen v Monaleen and Newcastle West would play either Ballylanders or Fr Caseys.
However, were the St Patricks and Pallasgreen game to be replayed, St Patricks could overtake Monaleen with a victory by more than 18-points. What would happen if St Patricks were awarded the Pallasgreen game is unknown as Ballylanders, Monaleen and St Patricks would all end on equal points and scoring difference would most likely not be an option.
At the other end of the championship, Adare are confirmed for the relegation play-off from one group.
They will play either Pallasgreen or Rathkeale.
Which side finish bottom of their group will also be determined by the outcome of the St Patrick v Pallasgreen tie. Were Pallasgreen to be awarded the St Patricks game or secure a draw or a win in any rematch they would push Rathkeale into the relegation play-off with Adare.
LIMERICK SFC RESULTS
Dromcollogher-Broadford 1-11 Ballylanders 2-6
Monaleen 3-19 Rathkeale 0-6
St Patricks Pallasgreen
Newcastle West 0-11 Ballysteen 0-6
Fr Caseys 2-11 St Kierans 1-6
Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Adare 1-7