Limerick ended a 43 year wait to claim the AIG Barton Shield today and remain on course following a comprehensive seven hole win over Sligo at a windswept Westport.
Limerick overcame Warrenpoint in the semi final with a two hole win while Sligo had a comfortable seven hole win over Dundalk. Captain Juan Fitzgerald made the brave decision to drop Justin Kehoe for the final as the wind picked up to over 30mph.
The gamble payed off as replacement Sean Enwright paired up with Owen O’Brien to claim a hard fought one hole win over Campbell & Ryan Gribben in the morning.
Enwright and O’Brien won’t on to claim a two-hole win over brothers TJ and Daniel Ford with O’Brien’s 25-footer at the 15th just dropping to seal the win.
However the real damage was dished out by Michael Reddan & Ciaran Vaughan who stormed to a 5 hole victory over Ruairi O’Connor and Thomas Finnegan.
AIG Cups & Shields All-Ireland Finals
Westport Golf Club
20-22 September 2019
Friday 20th September
AIG Barton Shield Semi-Finals
Limerick bt Warrenpoint 2 holes
Ciaran Vaughan & Michael Reddan bt Paul Reavey & Rian Carvill 1 hole; Owen O’Brien & Justin Kehoe bt Colm Campbell & Ryan Gribben 1 hole
Dundalk lost to Co Sligo 7 holes
Josh Mackin & Aaron Grant lost to Ruairi O’Connor & Thomas Finnegan 7 holes; Caolan Rafferty & Eoin Murphy halved with TJ Ford & Daniel Ford
AIG Barton Shield Final
Limerick bt Co Sligo 7 holes
Ciaran Vaughan & Michael Reddan bt Ruairi O’Connor & Thomas Finnegan 5 holes; Owen O’Brien & Sean Enright bt TJ Ford and Daniel Ford 2 holes