Led by Darragh O’Donovan, Doon regained control down the stretch to enhance their quarter-final hopes and relegate KP.
There were a pair of important games in the Limerick SHC last evening as Doon and Adare made moves towards the knockout stages while the curtains closed a little more on Kildimo Pallaskenry and South Liberties respectively.
Doon’s 2-18 to 0-17 win over Kildimo Pallaskenry not only pushes the East side to four points and out of relegation danger but ensures that the City men’s stay in the top tier lasts only a year.
Two first half goals set Doon on their way but they did have to battle hard for the victory with Kildimo Pallaskenry closing the gap to two midway through the second period.
But led by Darragh O’Donovan, Doon regained control down the stretch to enhance their quarter-final hopes and relegate KP.
In Kilmallock, Doon got off to the perfect start as Pat Ryan’s speculative shot evaded John Chawke in the KP net. Chawke was needed to prevent further green flags from Adam English and Donal Coughlan but at the other end, Tomas Lynch was equally impressive in stopping Peter Nash and Darren O’Connell as KP grew into the contest.
The City outfit had the gap reduced to just a goal approaching the half time whistle but were struck for a sucker punch as Jack Ryan found the net to leave it 2-8 to 0-8.
Kildimo Pallaskenry then plundered six of the first eight scores after the restart to trail by just two with a quarter of an hour to play.
However, O’Donovan hit back for Doon and his influence grew from here as he added an outrageous sideline with last year’s semi-finalists easing to victory from here.
In the other group, Adare maintained their promotion chances to the final day with a comfortable 4-21 to 0-20 win over pointless South Liberties.
A pair of John Fitzgibbon goals had Adare in the ascendancy early on but Liberties response was impressive as they battled back to leave just the minimum between the sides at the interval.
But the third quarter belonged to the west men and they moved 2-18 to 0-16 in front with ten to play. Declan Hannon and Willie Griffin rounded out the scoring with late goals with Adare still in the hunt for a quarter final place and promotion heading into their final round clash with Monaleen.
Liberties need to hope Garryspillane don’t beat Ballybrown on Friday or they will be relegated ahead of that clash with the Bouncers in a fortnight.
Limerick SHC Round Four Results
Doon 2-18 : 0-17 Kildimo Pallaskenry
Adare 4-21 : 0-20 South Liberties
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