ALL Ireland club hurling champions Na Piarsaigh were beaten by Kilmallock in round one of the Limerick SHC this Sunday evening in Newcastle West, 2-20 to 3-13.
The clash was a meeting of the 2016 All Ireland club champions and the 2015 All Ireland finalists.
Only seven weeks after their Croke Park win, Na Piarsaigh looked sluggish compared to the energetic Kilmallock.
At half time it was 2-10 to 0-8 to Kilmallock with teenage Oisin O’Reilly with both goals.
The first Na Piarsaigh goal came from Kevin Downes nine minutes into the second half to leave it 2-12 to 1-8.
David Sheppard made it more interesting, 2-14 to 2-9 with 11 minutes to play.
But two Robbie Hanley points steadied Kilmallock.
The third Na Piarsaigh goal came from Downes in injury time.
It was a Na Piarsaigh side minus three from their All Ireland winning team – captain Cathall King, Peter Casey and Kieran Breen all missing out for a side that will still expect to advance from the group.
NA PIARSAIGH: Padraic Kennedy; Gordan Browne, Mike Casey, Kieran Kennedy; Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch, James O’Brien; Alan Dempsey, Will O’Donoghue; Shane Dowling, David Breen, Adrian Breen; Kevin Downes, David Dempsey, David Sheppard. Sub: Thomas Grimes for Mike Casey, inj (46mins).
KILMALLOCK: Barry Hennessy; Liam Hurley, Mark O’Loughlin, Aaron Costelloe; Liam Walsh, Gavin O’Mahony, Kevin O’Donnell; Paudie O’Brien, Jake Mulcahy; Paddy O’Loughlin, Robbie Egan, Eoin Ryan; Oisin O’Reilly, Graeme Mulcahy, Robbie Hanley. Sub: Dan Joy for Liam Walsh, inj (37mins).
Meanwhile in Caherconlish Ahane were 3-12 gto 1-14 winners over Murroe-Boher.
Two Tom Morrissey goals had Ahane 2-8 to 0-5 ahead at half time.
A Niall Moran penalty stretched the lead just after half time.
In Bruff Adare were 1-20 to 2-15 winners over Patrickswell.
It was 1-12 to 2-8 to Adare at half time with John Fitzgibbon getting the winner’s goal.
Aaron Gillane had two Patrickswell first half goals.
Earlier on Sunday Bruff were 2-11 to 1-11 winners over Knockainey.
A Jason Lonergan goal gave Knockainey an early lead but a Shane Bulfin goal had Bruff ahead at half time.
A second half Paddy O’Leary goal was the decisive score for winners Bruff.