Only one team remains perfect after eventful second round | Limerick SHC Recap

The sole club with a 100% record after two games is Kilmallock, the 2021 champions adding to their round one win with victory over Ahane.

The Limerick Senior Hurling Championship has already lived up to the expectations with just one of the twelve teams maintaining a perfect record through the opening two rounds.

Conversely, just two teams are still without points across the top two tiers of Limerick hurling.

Kilmallock overcome Ahane to maintain perfect start to 2023 Limerick SHC.

Na Piarsaigh prove too strong for Kildimo Pallaskenry to get off the mark in SHC.

Group One

The sole club with a 100% record after two games is Kilmallock, the 2021 champions adding to their round one win with a 1-19 to 1-12 victory over Ahane. Gavin O’Mahony’s second half goal proving crucial after a strong start from the East side. A run of seven successive scores in the final quarter of an hour pulled the Balbec clear with inter county trio Oisin O’Reilly, Micheal Houlihan and Shane O’Brien to the fore.

Doon‘s two-point victory was arguably the result of the round as they beat Patrickswell despite the absence of a number of key players to draw level with the City side. Aaron Gillane had a goal with the opening score of the game but Doon hit back through Pat Ryan. John Kirby and Kevin Maher then exchanged goals with Patrickswell leading by three at the interval. After drawing level late on, Doon had a pair from Jack Ryan to see them home.

Another team on two-points is Na Piarsaigh as they got their season back on track with a nine-point win over Kildimo Pallaskenry who remain bottom of the group. A Conor Boylan three-pointer was the difference at the break but after battling valiantly in the first, KP couldn’t live with the defending champions on the resumption as led by the brilliant Peter Casey and Adrian Breen, Na Piarsaigh sauntered to the finish line.

Cian Lynch and Darragh O’Donovan tangle in the 2019 Limerick SHC semi-final between Doon and Patrickswell in the LIT Gaelic Grounds. Mandatory Credit: Sport Action Photography.

Group Two

After comprehensive round one victories, there was nothing to separate Adare and Ballybrown who played out a 1-17 apiece stalemate in Askeaton. Willie Griffin and Aidan O’Connor exchanged goals in the first half as both move onto three-points. Adare held a commanding lead prior to O’Connor’s effort but the City men didn’t find parity until midway through the second half. From here they swapped the lead with frees from Griffin and Andrew Cliffe cancelling each other out.

They are level at the top with Mungret St Pauls who were also held to a draw by Garryspillane. All the goals came in the first half with nothing to separate the teams at the interval, Colin Ryan and Callum Sheahan with the green flags for Garryspillane while Barry Duff hit the net in response. The City men led late on by a pair of scores down the stretch from the Bouncers ensured parity as they got off the board.

Monaleen picked up a first win at the grade since July 2020 with a comfortable victory over South Liberties to plunge them deeper into relegation worry. The City men led from pillar to post with a Luke Murphy goal helping them into a seven point half time advantage. Mark Field would find the net in the second period as they ran out comprehensive 2-24 to 0-14 winners.

The next round of games takes place on the first weekend of September .

Limerick SHC Round II Results

  • Doon 2-18 : 2-16 Patrickswell
  • Kilmallock 1-19 : 1-12 Ahane
  • Na Piarsaigh 1-23 : 1-14 Kildimo Pallaskenry
  • Ballybrown 1-17 : 1-17 Adare
  • Mungret St Pauls 1-14 : 2-11 Garryspillane
  • Monaleen 2-24 : 0-14 South Liberties

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