MONALEEN and Ballybrown were the winners as the Bon Secours Hospital Limerick SHC commenced this Friday evening.
Monaleen had a 1-17 to 0-17 win over Ahane, while Ballybrown were 1-23 to 0-13 winners over Knockainey.
Both games were in Group Two.
A goal in the final 10-minutes from Ger Collins proved the difference between Monaleen and Ahane.
Led by Tom Morrissey scores, Ahane were 0-10 to 0-6 ahead at half time after earlier leading 0-7 to 0-2.
But backed by the breeze Monaleen battled back in the second half to level at 0-11 each with Lorcan Lyons hitting the equaliser.
Morrissey again edged Ahane back in front until the Collins goal had Monaleen 1-13 to 0-14 ahead.
Ahane drew back level but the final three minutes of the game went to Monaleen.
Ballybrown had a far more comfortable win over Knockainey to signal their intent of making an immediate return into Group One.
They were 0-13 to 0-5 ahead of Knockainey by half time with Andrew Cliffe and Shane Kenny among the points.
David Hall and Bryan Griffin had points as they eased out to 0-18 to 0-7 ahead.
Their goal came in the dying minutes from Ross Griffin.
In the Lyons of Limerick Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship, Kildimo-Pallaskenry were 1-15 to 0-9 winners over Bruree. The winners were 0-9 t0 0-3 ahead at half time.
In the Limerick IHC, it finished level between Granagh-Ballingarry (1-13) and St Patricks (2-10).
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