Smith and Ahane clubmate Cathal O’Reilly were sent off within a minute of one another midway through the first half of their Limerick SHC clash with Na Piarsaigh at Bruff, yesterday.
Smith must now wait on the referee’s report to discover if he is available for the intercounty team in their first foray into the qualifiers.
Last season’s beaten finalists were five points ahead when the two were dismissed, but even with numerical
advantage, Na Piarsaigh failed to take the tie. Sean O’Connor, after a spell in Britain, was back in the frame for the winners and cancelled out an opening minute lead point by Shane O’Neill.
O’Connor was again involved shortly afterwards when he set up James Moran to beat Finbarr McCarthy with a stinging shot. Within minutes Padraig Ryan hit goal number two, after a Niall Moran 21 yards free had been blocked by the keeper.
Referee Donal Enright showed a straight red card to Smith after a Na Piarsaigh player went down with a head injury. A scuffle followed and O’Reilly was first shown a yellow, followed by a red. Ahane reorganised and more than held their own to the break when they led 2-4 to 0-3.
Na Piarsaigh probably saw some hope on 43 minutes when a long-range free from Kieran Bermingham fell under the crossbar and over the goal line.
It was now 2-6 to 1-5, but with the James and Niall Moran, along with John Meskell finding their range for depleted Ahane, they ran out comfortable winners.
Scorers for Ahane: J. Moran 1-1, J.Meskell 0-4, P. Ryan 1-0, S. O’Connor, N. Moran 0-2 each.
Na Piarsaigh: B. Hartnett 0-3, K.Bermingham 1-0, E. Moriarty, S. O’Neill, D. Hennessy, C. Sherlock, R. Hennessy 0-1 each.
AHANE: F.McCarthy; A. Conway, P. Conway, D. Fitzgerald,
C. O’Reilly, O. Moran, C. Smith; J. Meskell, D. Laing; N. Moran, J. Moran, B. Meskell, B. Healy, S. O’Connor, P. Ryan. Sub. D. O’Sullivan for Conway.
NA PIARSAIGH: J. Fitzgerald; C. Graham, T. Millea, D. Madigan, K. Bermingham, D. Hickey, R. Marsh; E. Moriarty, K. Breen; S. O’Neill, A. Ryan, D. Hennessy, D. Quigley, B. Hartnett, E. Kelly. Subs. C. Sherlock for Kelly, R. Hennessy for Marsh
Referee: D. Enright (Athlacca)
THREE late points from Paul O’Grady and Barry Foley (2) earned Patrickswell a share of the honours with Kilmallock in a lively Limerick SHC contest at Bruff, yesterday.
There was precious little between the teams over the hour, and they were deadlocked five times. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, who ended with 1-6, got Kilmallock off to the perfect start with a brace of points inside six minutes, but Barry Foley and Paul O’Grady replied for the Well.
Minutes before the break, the city side took the initiative when Kevin Carey fired past keeper Tom Hennessy, to give them a 1-5 to 0-5 advantage.
However, within seconds of the restart O’Shaughnessy delivered again, this time with a green flag, after a Houlihan free dropped into his path.
Houlihan added a point and after 52 minutes Kilmallock were in the driving seat at 1-12 to 1-9. They failed to score again and at the other end Paul O’Grady and Barry Foley left just one point in it.
Three minutes into added time, Foley got a point from a sideline ball. It was a fair result, given the sides were locked together seven times.
Scorers: Patrickswell: B. Foley 0-5, K. Carey
1-1, P.O’Grady 0-3, E. Foley, D.O’Grady, B.
Geoghegan 0-1 each.
Kilmallock: A.O’Shaughnessy 1-6, S. Burchell, M. Houlihan 0-2 each, P. Connery, B. O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
PATRICKSWELL: N. O’Grady; M. Foley, E. Foley, P. Earls, T. O’Brien, P. O’Reilly, B. Mann; C. Carey, P. Carey; A. Carmody, P.O’Grady, K. Carey, B. Murray, B. Foley, E. Geary. Subs. D. O’Grady for Murray, B. Geoghegan 0-1 for Geary.
KILMALLOCK: T. Hennessy; D.O’Mahony, M. Cronin, J. Fitzgerald, A. Maguire, D. Clarke, P. O’Dwyer; M. Houlihan, B. Carroll; P. Connery, C. O’Dwyer, S.Burchill, A. O’Shaughnessy, K. Kenneally, B.O’Sullivan.
Referee: B. Mullane (Glin)