Limerick’s hopes in both the Munster club SFC and IFC ended over the weekend following defeats for Newcastle West and Galtee Gaels.
Newcastle West bowed out of the Munster SFC at the quarter final stage following a 1-9 to 0-9 loss to Cork champions Nemo Rangers in Mallow.
Mike Quilligan’s side fell just short of causing a huge upset against the famed Cork club with Ciáran Dalton’s goal four minutes into the second half proving crucial.
Nemo raced into 0-4 to 0-0 advantage in the opening 12 minutes with Nemo danger man Luke Connolly accounting for two classy points.
An Eoin Hurley free got Newcastle West on the board and further scores from Stephen Brosnan and Iain Corbett reduced Nemo’s lead to one at the 20 minute mark.
Another Connolly point and a fine effort from half back Kevin O’Donovan saw Nemo go three clear heading into the break.
However, Newcastle West came thundering back into the contest with Corbett landing a sensational point from all of 50 metres to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-4 in Nemo’s favour.
With Newcastle West hopeful and well in the contest early in the second half, they were dealt a killer blow.
A sublime Connolly pass was inch perfect for Paul Kerrigan’s run and he drew Newcastle West keeper Mike Quilligan, before offloading to Dalton for the easiest of finishes into an empty net.
Newcastle west did brilliantly to stay in the contest as the second half continued, but they could only get to within two points and Nemo held on for the victory.
Following the game, Newcastle West manager Mike Quilligan, spoke to Sporting Limerick about the defeat and commented on the pride he had in his group of players.
On Saturday afternoon, Galtee Gaels’ dreams of Munster glory ended after a 2-13 to 1-11 defeat to Clare’s St Breckan’s at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Gaels trailled by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break, with the Clare side’s double threat of Joe McGann and Aiden Davidson causing plenty of issues.
The killer blow came nine minutes into the second half when McGann fired in from close range for a second St Breckan’s goal.
Points from Liam Tierney, Conor Shannon and Dale Masterson followed as the Clare side stretched their advantage to 10.
Gaels tried gallantly to fight their way back into the game and had a glimpse of a comeback when Alan Condon found the net on 54 minutes, but it proved too much of a gap to claw back.
Following the defeat, Galtee Gaels manager, John McGrath, told Sporting Limerick that the defeat in Munster would not dampen a fine season for the club.