THE Limerick Desmond Schoolboy League’s excellent run in the 40th SFAI Kennedy Cup came to an end on Wednesday evening when the side suffered a 1-0 quarter-final defeat to the DDSL.
A goal just before half time from Dylan Duffy helped the Dubliners secure a hard-earned victory over the West Limerick side before a large attendance.
The Desmond League is assured of a top eight finish in the 32-team competition after claiming top spot in the group section with wins over the Midlands and Clare Leagues as well as a draw with local rivals the District League.
The Desmond will begin their quest for a fifth-place finish when facing the Wexford League in their Plate semi-final clash at 12.30pm on Thursday at UL.
In the Kennedy Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, the DDSL will take on the NDSL at 3pm, with Galway and Cork meeting in the second semi-final at 5pm.
Menawhile, the Limerick District Schoolboy League are guaranteed to finish between 25th and 28th place after their 2-1 Trophy quarter-final win over Carlow.
A goal from Pike Rovers’ Dean McNamara after 10 minutes had the Limerick city side 1-0 up at half-time. The LDSL doubled their lead 10 minutes after the break when Ethan O’Sullivan, also of Pike Rovers, scored at the second attempt when his initial penalty was saved.
Carlow pulled a goal back mid-way through the half, but the LDSL held on for their first win of the week.
The LDSL will take on the Inishowen League in the Trophy semi-final at 10.30am this Thursday.
Meanwhile, Limerick County will have to be satisfied for a 29th-32nd place finish after being edged out 5-3 by the Inishowen.
County led 2-1 at half-time with goals from the Charleville duo of Matthew Howard and Enda Sheedy.
A hat-trick from Inishowne centre forward Luke Rudden in a blistering six minute spell in the second half swung the tie in the Donegal side’s favour.
However, a third County goal from Fergal O’Connor, of Castle Utd, reduced the Inishowen lead to 4-3 before Jamie McDaid sealed victory for the Ulster side.
Limerick County will now face West Waterford/East Cork in their latest play-off game at 10.30am on Thursday.