Garryspillane All-Ireland dream ends in semi final as Loughrea defeat Limerick side

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Garryspillane All-Ireland dream ends in semi final defeat as Loughrea defeat Limerick side

Garryspillane's Jamie Morrissey attempts to evade this Loughrea challenge PIC: Marie Keating

GARRYSPILLANE'S All-Ireland Junior B Hurling dream came to an end at the semi final stage this Saturday afternoon.

The Bouncers were beaten 3-15 to 0-10 by Galway's Loughrea.

As a result, the final will be a repeat of the Leinster final - Loughrea v St Vincents of Dublin in Killeedy GAA grounds on Saturday February 8. This is the 15th year of the Killeedy run Junior B competition and Loughrea will bid to become the fourth Galway winners, while St Vincents are looking for a first title for Dublin.

In this semi final in Raheenagh, Loughrea were 0-11 to 0-5 ahead by half time and 1-14 to 0-9 ahead before adding two goals in the final minutes to seal their final spot.

The winners were helped by a return of 2-8 from full forward Johnny Maher.

Centre forward for the men in blue and gold was Gavin Keary - the former Clare and current Dublin senior hurling coach, who was part of the LIT Fitzgibbon Cup management this season.

Also in the Loughrea side was former Galway hurler Nigel Shaughnessy, who was coach to Na Piarsaigh in the 2019 Limerick SHC.

Lining out without the suspended Danny Hayes and Sean Kearney, Garryspillane played second fiddle to Loughrea for much of the opening half with the Galway side six points clear before The Bouncers opened their account in the 15th minute.

It was 0-11 to 0-2 after 27-minutes but Ciaran Sheehan and William Harty were among the later scorers for Garryspillane to leave six points between the teams at the interval.

The same duo added quick points on the change of ends and the lead was down to four points.

The Loughrea response was impressive - Maher goaling in the seventh minute of the half for a 1-12 to 0-7 lead.

Garryspillane were to score just three more points with 25-minutes still to play.

And the men in black and amber finished the game with 14-men - Kevin Meade sent to the line in the 55th minute.

Loughrea put the icing on an impressive win with late goals - Maher in the 60th minute and Paul Beirne in the 63rd minute.

SCORERS: Garryspillane: Ciaran Sheehan 0-5 (4frees), Kevin Meade and William Harty 0-2 each, Chris Dineen 0-1 (free). Loughrea: Johnny Maher 2-8 (0-4frees, 0-1 '65), Gavin Keary 0-3, Paul Beirne 1-0, Johnny O'Loughlin 0-2, Eoin Keary and Daniel McManus 0-1 each.

GARRYSPILLANE: Michael Richardson; Darragh Keogh, Raymond Sheehan, Gavin Ryan; Eoin Halligan, Stephen Meade, Jack O'Mullane; Sam Kelly, Gary McCarthy; Micheal O'Donnell, Ciaran Sheehan, Jamie Morrissey; Kevin Meade, Peter Morrissey, William Harty. Subs: Chris Dineen for Gary McCarthy (37mins), Cody Sampson for Gavin Ryan (58mins), Conor Murphy for Peter Morrissey (58mins), Aidan Sheehan for Darragh Keogh (58mins).

LOUGHREA: Nigel Murray; Sean Mahony, Damien McClearn, David Keane; Eoin Mahony, Raymond Regan, Aidan Fahy; Jason Joyce, Owen Griffin; Daniel McManus, Gavin Keary, Enda Keary; Stephen McCormack, Johnny Maher, Johnny O'Loughlin. Subs: Nigel Shaughnessy for Daniel McManus (49mins), John Dooley for Stephen McCormack (55mins), Matthew Quirke for Eoin Mahony (59mins), Paul Beirne for Gavin Keary (61mins), Joseph Nix for Johnny Maher (61mins).

REFEREE: Ciaran O'Regan (Cork).