Six crucial games to confirm later stages of Limerick SFC

Jerome O'Connell

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Six crucial games to confirm later stages of Limerick SFC

EIGHT GAA clubs battle for the five remaining places in the knockout stages of the Limerick SFC this weekend.

Ahead of the fifth and final round of group games, just Monaleen have confirmed their progress to the next phase.

2014 champions Ballylanders are the only side of the 12 teams with nothing to play for, as they are already confirmed to play in the relegation play-off.

They will play either Ballysteen or Pallasgreen in that play-off. These sides actually meet this Thursday(6.30) in Mungret with Ballysteen needing to win to avoid dropping into the play-off to decide who is relegated to the intermediate grade next season.

At the top end of the group tables, there will be three disappointed clubs who will miss out on the later stages of the championship.

All three Group One games take place on Friday (6.30).

In Claughaun, Na Piarsaigh and St Patricks meet to decide who finishes top of the table and moves directly into the semi final. A draw will send Na Piarsaigh into the semi final and confirm St Patricks for a quarter final spot.

But if there is a losing side they will need results elsewhere to go their way to progress. Wins for St Kierans and Oola in their games will see three teams finish on level points and therefore scoring difference would be required.

Oola play Dromcollogher-Broadford in Bruff. Drom-Broadford need to win and hope that St Kierans don’t beat Ballylanders.

The meeting of St Kierans and Ballylanders takes place in Ballingarry. St Kierans need to win to keep progress in their own hands.

On Saturday (6.30) two games in Group Two will confirm the final standing. Monaleen will progress regardless of the results but will be hoping for a table top finish and a semi final spot.

Any posititive result for Monaleen will advance them to the final four. A Monaleen win will also mean Newcastle West and Fr Caseys will be quarter finalists, regardless of their result in Tournafulla.

Monaleen and Rathkeale meet in Bruff and Rathkeale must win to try force their way into contention with Newcastle West and Fr Caseys.