Limerick SHC: Group 1 Round 2 Preview

This weekend provides another round of the Limerick SHC. The return of the championship last weekend saw a number of high quality and even clashes. Kilmallock were the standout team, outclassing last year’s finalists Ballybrown and will be looking to send out a further signal this weekend. Doon and South Liberties will be looking to add to their opening day wins also

Group 1

Bruff v Doon

Friday May 12 in Caherconlish @7.30pm

Bruff looked to be heading for a precious win in the opening round against South Liberties until four unanswered scores late on cast their season into doubt already. Bruff would have earmarked that game as a crucial one and now have the unenviable task of facing Doon next.

Doon overcame Ahane last time out 1-12 to 0-11. In truth the game lacked a spark but Doon will be happy to have got the maximum from the game. Full points from their opening two games would have been seen as the minimum for Doon who should have enough to win this game.

Kilmallock v South Liberties

Saturday May 13 in Bruff @7.30pm

After laying down a marker against Ballybrown last Sunday evening, Kilmallock will be looking for more of the same against South Liberties in Bruff. South Liberties were impressive last week in their win over Bruff with Brian Ryan, who is straight out of minor, the hero for South Liberties.

However, this will be the fourth consecutive year that these sides have met in the group stage with South Liberties yet to taste victory against the Balbec in that time. The average margin of victory has also been 13 points which suggests at the gulf between both sides.

With Nap and the Well taking the spotlight on Saturday, the Balbec will be content to go after their business quietly and head into the break with full points.

Ahane v Ballybrown

Saturday May 13 in Gaelic Grounds @6pm

Both sides would have been expecting something from their opening round games and are now on the back foot for a place in the knockout stages. Ahane never really got going against Doon and will be looking to make for of an impression against the Clarina side.

Ballybrown will be disappointed with the manner of their loss to the Balbec last Sunday. After reaching the decider last year, much was expected of Ballybrown who know a loss will be devastating to their season.

The winner of this clash will be in pole position for the knockout stages and it looks like Ballybrown’s firepower might be enough to see them pick up a vital win.

 

Catch Matt O’Callaghan’s full preview of round 2 below.

 

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