Patrickswell, Ballybrown and Adare left in Limerick SHC

Patrickswell, Ballybrown and Adare left in Limerick SHC

THREE close neighbours remain in the hunt for the 2016 Limerick SHC.

Patrickswell have booked their place in the final, while Ballybrown will play Adare in the remaining semi final next Sunday.

Patrickswell confirmed their place in the Limerick SHC final with a 1-19 to 1-15 semi final win over Kilmallock.

Gary Kirby’s side return to the October 23 decider they lost last year to Na Piarsaigh.

For 18-time champions it will be a 27th ever Limerick SHC final.

They had eight different scorers accounting for 1-18 from play in this semi final win over a Kilmallock side that were championship favourites.

Patrickswell were 1-9 to 1-8 up at half time.

A Robbie Egan goal had Kilmallock 1-7 to 0-7 up after 22-minutes but Kevin O’Brien had a goal for the men in blue and gold on 26-minutes.

Egan was to end with 1-5 from play in a captain’s role for Kilmallock.

But Patrickswell finished the stronger to win.

At the three quarter mark it was 1-14 each – the 10th time level.

Then Patrickswell found the next four points to move clear and seal the win – captain Thomas O’Brien ended with 0-4 and Cian Lynch and Lar Considine had three points each from play.

Barry Foley and Brian Murray are the only members of the Patrickswell side with county medals from their last victory in 2003. Veteran Foley hit two points in the second half from his midfield role.

Meanwhile, Ballybrown got the better of Ahane in their quarter final replay to meet Adare in the semi final.

The final score in the second game in th Gaelic Grounds was Ballybrown 1-20 Ahane 2-13.

Ahane had the ideal start when Niall Moran had a goal after six minutes but it was the Clarina men that led 1-8 to 1-6 at half time.

The winner’s goal came in the 18th minute from a great drive by Kyle Loftus.

Ahane were to have five points from play from Tom Morrissey but Ballybrown always led in the second half with David Hall and Alan O’Connor leading the scoring in an encounter where the winner’s hit 18 wides and Ahane 13.

There was a late consolation goal from Mike Carr for Ahane.