Monaleen and Cappamore win promotion to senior hurling ranks

Monaleen and Cappamore win promotion to senior hurling ranks

Monaleen and Cappamore will contest the Limerick Premier IHC final and play senior hurling in 2017 following their semi-final wins in Kilmallock on Saturday.

Cappamore, who were only promoted from the regular intermediate championship last season, shocked Garryspillane on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8. Garryspillane had topped the group section of the championship with six wins from seven games with Cappamore taking the fourth available semi-final spot.

A James Ryan goal had helped Garryspillane to a 1-5 to 0-6 lead but Conor Sheehan found the net early in the second half and Jack Campbell added a second late on to seal a five-point win.

In the other semi-final, Monaleen – without the services of the suspended Brian Geary – recovered from a poor start to beat Blackrock by 2-11 to 1-11.

Blackrock had won the group game between the sides only a couple of weeks ago and looked well-placed to repeat that win in the first half when they opened up a six-point lead. However, a Peter Russell goal gave Monaleen a glimmer of hope and they trailed 0-9 to 1-4 at half time.

An Andrew La Touche Cosgrave penalty helped swing the tie in Monaleen’s favour and despite a goal from Barry O’Shaughnessy, Monaleen dominated the second half to book their final place and promotion back to the senior grade for the first time in a decade.

See the Monday and weekend print editions of the Limerick Leader for more from these games.