Contrasting Munster Final results for Monaleen and St Kierans as City side claim Intermediate honours

Both Limerick sides were in Munster final action on Sunday afternoon in Cork.

Monaleen became the first Limerick side to win the Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship in 11 years as they bested Roscrea in today’s decider.

However, defeat was St Kierans’ lot as they were beaten by the defending Munster Junior Club champions Ballygiblin in today’s decider.

Monaleen powered to the title with a 1-22 to 0-18 win over Tipperary kingpins Roscrea while St Kierans lost 3-12 to 0-11 to the Cork champions.

In Pairc Ui Rinn, Mark O’Dwyer was the star of the show as he hit 0-15 over the hour with four coming from play. Ed Doyle grabbed the only goal of the game late on after being set free by Andrew La Touche Cosgrave.

Monaleen led by the minimum at the half but dominated the third quarter as they ran out seven point winners in Cork. They can now look ahead to the All-Ireland series later this month.

They will play the winners of the Leinster championship in a fortnight’s time with Bray Emmets and Trim to battle it our for provincial honours next weekend.

Meanwhile in Mallow, Ballygiblin’s efficiency in front of goal was the difference against a determined St Kierans side appearing in a first final since 2012.

The West Limerick side were the first off the mark before Balygiblin hit a pair of quickfire goals. Kierans kept in touch but wides proved costly as the Cork side found the net for the third time before the half to leave it 3-2 to 0-7. From here they were able to maintain their distance and retain their title.

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