LIMERICK club hurling kingpins Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock both recorded round four wins this Friday evening in the Credit Union sponsored Limerick SHC.
But while the Kilmallock result confirms their place in the knockout stages, reigning All Ireland club champions Na Piarsaigh await the result of Doon and Ballybrown on Sunday evening to determine if their title defence will continue into the final round of group games.
This Friday Na Piarsaigh were 3-24 to 1-16 winners over South Liberties.
Despite playing against the breeze in Claughaun, Na Piarsaigh were 2-12 to 1-9 ahead at half time. David Sheppard and Shane Dowling hit the Na Piarsaigh goals while David O’Neill hit back for Liberties.
A third goal from David Dempsey eased Na Piarsaigh to the win, in which Peter Casey hit five points from play. William Hickey had four points from play for Liberties.
Kilmallock were 1-21 to 1-8 winners over Bruree.
Bruree had the ideal start with a goal from a Kieran O’Dea penalty but when Jake Mulcahy found the net in the 10th minute it helped Kilmallock to a lead at half time of 1-8 to 1-7.
Backed by the second half breeze Kilmallock blitzed their neighbours with the final 10-points. Graeme Mulcahy hit five points from play in the win, while captain Robbie Egan had a four point return.
Meanwhile, in the Limerick Premier IHC Cappamore were 1-13 to 0-10 winners over Granagh-Ballingarry.