Kilmallock into last four while Na Piarsaigh and Mungret St Pauls also seal knockout berths | SHC Round Four Recap

Doon’s 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.

Three of the final six in the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship have been confirmed after the penultimate round of games in the competition.

Kilmallock are already into the semi-finals with a perfect record while Na Piarsaigh have secured a quarter final at the least but could top the group as they meet the Balbec on the final day.

In group two, Mungret St Pauls booked their place in the quarters with Ballybrown also maintaining an unbeaten start to the year.

Kilmallock booked their place in the last four of the Limerick senior hurling championship with a game to spare as they saw off Patrickswell by a pair on Thursday evening.

A late Graeme Mulcahy goal proved timely for the Balbec as they maintained their perfect start to the year following the 2-22 to 2-20 result in Cappamore.

Cian Lynch and Aaron Gillane had first half goals for the Well where Oisin O’Reilly raised the first green flag as the Balbec trailed by three at the interval.

It was a topsy turvy encounter but Kilmallock held out to retain their perfect start and guarantee their semi-final berth.

Elsewhere, Na Piarsaigh also sealed their place in the knockout stages with a third successive win as they saw off Ahane 1-21 to 1-13.

There was nothing to separate the sides at the interval, Ronan Fox goaling for Ahane to give them a lead before Ronan Lynch and Vince Harrington hit back to leave it 1-7 to 0-10.

A JJ Carey goal shortly after the restart gave Na Piarsaigh the impetus and they finished the game with eight of the last nine scores to secure a third successive win.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 22/9/2019 Kilmallock vs Na Piarsaigh Na Piarsaigh’s Will Henn Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

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.

Group Two

In the second tier of the SHC, Mungret St Paul’s booked their first Limerick SHC quarter final berth this century with a comfortable win over Monaleen in Claughaun.

Brian Begleys men led from start to finish with Niall Mulcahy’s goal stemming any Monaleen tide in the second half.

In the end it finished 1-25 to 0-15 in their favour as they can look to a final round clash with Ballybrown where a win will see them promoted.

Ballybrown themselves took a huge stride towards the quarters with a win over Garryspillane on the same evening.

The Clarina men have promotion in their own hands against Mungret but know a defeat could leave Adare in with a chance of a quarter.

Goals from Colin Coughlan and Barry Adams helped them power past a spirited Bouncers side as it ended 3-22 to 4-14.

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.

The final round takes place in a fortnight’s time.

Limerick SHC Round Four Results

Group One

Doon 2-18 : 0-16 Kildimo Pallaskenry

Kilmallock 2-22 : 2-20 Patrickswell

Na Piarsaigh 1-21 : 1-13 Ahane

Group Two

Mungret St Pauls 1-25 : 0-15 Monaleen

Ballybrown 3-22 : 4-14 Garryspillane

Adare 4-21 : 0-20 South Liberties

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