With three minutes remaining, the Bouncers were three points ahead and on the verge of inflicting Adare’s first defeat in over two years.
However, it all turned sour, first when they gave away a penalty, which Foley converted to level the game, and with practically the last puck Conor Fitzgerald secured a victory that had seemed unlikely.
Adare, meanwhile, are through to the quarter finals, joined by Croom and Doon from their group.
Scorers for Adare: C. Fitzgerald 0-7, M. Foley 1-0, B. Foley 0-2, A. O’Connell, B. Sexton, D Sheehan 0-1 each
Garryspillane: F. Carroll 0-7, T.J. Ryan 0-4, D. Ryan, P. Tobin, P. Hyland 0-1 each
ADARE: T. Houlihan; J. O’Brien, JP Healy, D Morden, M. Clifford, J. Foley, M. Foley; C. Cribbin, A. O’Rahilly; A. O’Connell, C. Murphy, C. Fitzgerald, D. Sheehan, B. Foley, B. Sexton.
GARRYSPILLANE: D. Hayes; J. Sheehan, D. Ryan, S. O’Donnell, G. McGrath, T.J. Ryan, T. O’Donnell; M. O’Donnell, M. O’Brien; C. Hickey, D. Ryan, J. Ryan, P. Hyland, F. Carroll, P. Tobin.
Referee: P. O’Connor (Ahane).
CROOM needed to win if they were to make it to the last eight-and they duly obliged, with some ease.
Their opponents, already through, were given a taste of what was ahead when Michael Cahill found the net inside 60 seconds.
Tom Carmody and Peter Lawlor (2) saw them 1-3 in front, before Dave Stapleton got a rather limp Doon off the mark.
It was all over by the half way stage, with all action Croom in command 1-11 to 0-5.
The second half was a tedious affair, with Doon unable to offer resistance.
Carmody struck a second goal in 41 minutes, to leave it 2-12 to 0-8 and it was time to go home.
Michael McKenna had a late consolation goal for the east Limerick side.
Scorers for Croom: T. Carmody 1-2, M. Cahill 1-1, D. Lawlor 0-3, H. Flavin, S. Lucey, P. Cahill, M. Cregan 0-2 each, N. O’Riordan 0-1
Doon: M. McKenna 1-4, D. Stapleton, T. Hayes 0-2 each, D. Anderson 0-1.
CROOM: J. Cahill; P. Reidy, L. Ryan, N. Cregan, R. Kelly, S. Lucey, M. O’Riordan; J. Barry, P. Cahill; M. Cahill, P. Lawlor; H. Flavin, M. Cregan, N. O’Riordan, T. Carmody.
DOON: B. McLoughlin; J. Fox, S. Barry, D. Ryan, T.J. Ryan, T. Hayes, D. Ryan; J. O’Brien, F. Stapleton; J. Stokes, B. Crowe, P. Coleman, M. McKenna, D. Stapleton, D. Anderson.
Referee: E. Phelan (St Patrick’s)
AFTER an indifferent first half, when they led 1-5 to 0-6, Ballybrown raised the level of their game on the turnover to easily dispose of the challenge of Pallasgreen at Claughaun
Their win, couple with Monaleen’s dismissal of Killeedy by 2-12 to 3-7, means that the clubs must now meet in a play-off next weekend to decide entry to the quarter finals.
Scorers for Ballybrown: A. O’Connor 1-3, N. Doolin 1-2, S. Kiely 0-4, P. McCarthy 0-2, I. Burke, P. Mulqueen 0-1 each
Pallasgreen:M. Kirby 0-6, A. Shanahan 1-1
BALLYBROWN: D. Lyons; D. Normoyle, J., O’Connor, R. Graham, J. Kennedy, P. Hartigan, R. Quinn; S. Kiely, B. Hartigan;M. Byrnes, I. Burke, P. McCarthy, A.O’Connor, P. Mulqueen, N. Doolin.
PALLASGREEN; D. O’Dwyer;E. Mulcahy, J. McMhon, W.McCarthy, J. Ryan, J. Hourigan, A. Kirby;M. Kirby, L. O’Dwyer;J. Deere, L. McMahon, J. O’Connell, A. Shanahan, S.McEnery, C. McMahon.
Referee: W. Moloney (Bruff)
Ahane 2-8 Patrickswell 0-10
WITH both teams already through to the quarter final stages there was absolutely no atmosphere when they clashed at Bruff last evening and without raising a gallop Ahane won by four points.
Scores Ahane: J Meskell 0-5, T Fitzgerald 1-1, B Healy 1-0, D Laing, C Smith 0-1 each.
Patrickswell: P O’Grady 0-6, D O’Grady 0-2, G Kirby, A Carmody 0-1 each.
AHANE: F McCarthy, D O’Sullivan, P Conway, B Meskell, C O’Reilly, O Moran, A Smith, J Meskell, D Laing, C Smith, S O’Connor, A Doherty, B Healy, T Fitzgerald, P Ryan.
PATRICKSWELL: N O’Grady, M Foley, P O’Reilly, P Earls, P O’Reilly, C Carey, E Foley, P O’Grady, V O’Doherty, A Carmody, D O’Grady, B Mann, J McDermott, G Kirby, K Carey.
Referee: M Meade (Ballylanders)
Na Piarsaigh 1-8
A two-goal burst from teenager Andrew O'Shaughnessy and five points from veteran Mike Houlihan combined to give Kilmallock a comprehensive 13 points winning margin over a disappointing Na Piarsaigh.
Kilmallock are now through to the quarter finals where they will be joined by Ahane, Patrickswell, Doon, Croom, Adare, Murroeboher and either Ballybrown and Monaleen.
Kilmallock scorers: A O’Shaughnessy 2-4, P Connery and P Tobin 1-1 each, M Houlihan 0-5, D O’Mahony 0-1.
Na Piarsiagh: C Sherlock 1-0, D Breen, S O’Neill, B Hartnett 0-2 each, D Quigley and D Hennessy 0-1 each.
KILMALLOCK: T Hennessy, D Clarke, M Cronin, D O’Mahony, A Maguire, P O’Dwyer, B Carroll, M Houlihan, G O’sullivan, S Burchill, C O’Dwyer, K Kenneally, A O’Shaughnessy, P Connery, P Tobin.
NA PIARSAIGH: J Fitzgerald, C Graham, K Bermingham, , Breen, D Breen, S O’Neill, D Madigan, A Ryan, P McNamara, B Hartnett, D Quigley, E Moriarty, C Sherlock, T Millea, S Laffan. Subs: D Hennessy for Hartnett. Referee: M Ryan from Askeaton.