Favoured by the strong wind in the first half, The Bouncers must have felt insecure after 20 minutes when they led by just four points 0-5 to 0-1. However, county player Donie Ryan, with considerable assistance from brother TJ and Frankie Carroll, took control up front and a string of points from the latter extended advantage to 0-11 to 0-3 at the interval.
Adare were slow off the mark when they had the elements behind them, and with just two points from Conor Fitzgerald inside 10 minutes, matched by Michael O’Donnell and TJ Ryan, they were in serious trouble.
Another of the Ryan family, this time David, at centre back, was ruling the roost for the winners and with Donnacha Sheehan and Fitzgerald unable to stamp any sort of authority on proceedings, the game petered out.
Garryspillane, the hungrier team, had a 10 points lead, (0-16 to 0-6) entering the final minutes. Adare’s Mark Foley hit a late goal and a point.
But it is Garryspillane who meet Kilmallock in the semi-final.
Garryspillane: Donie Ryan 0-7, M. O’Donnell, F. Carroll, TJ Ryan, David Ryan 0-2 each, J. Ryan, M. O’Brien 0-1 each.
Adare; M. Foley 1-2, C. Fitzgerald 0-4, D. Sheehan 0-1
GARRYSPILLANE: D. Hayes; S. Burke, J. Sheehan, J. Kiely, M. O’Brien, David Ryan, T. O’Donnell; J. Ryan, M. O’Donnell; C. Hickey, TJ Ryan, E. Burke, Donie Ryan, F. Carroll, P. Hyland.
ADARE: T. Houlihan; J. O’Brien, JP Healy, P. Lavin, W. McNamara, M. Foley, A. O’Rahilly; E. Fitzgerald, J. Foley; C. Fitzgerald, S. Lavin, C. Murphy, D. Sheehan, B. Foley, A. O’Connell. Sub. S. O’Connell for O’Rahilly.
Referee: M. Mann (Ballybrown).
THE Moran brothers, Niall and Ollie, proved the difference for Ahane as they shrugged off the challenge of Croom in a disappointing Limerick SHC quarter-final, at the Gaelic Grounds.
Croom were strengthened with the return of Peter Lawlor from the United States and also had Patsy Cahill, just returned from Australia, at centre back.
But it was a more settled Ahane who called the shots.
The sides were level at four points apiece after a quarter hour before Ahane stepped up a couple of gears and a string of points from the Moran’s, Brian Healy and Sean O’Connor who outscored the losers Niall O’Riordan and Marcus Cregan, to lead 0-11 to 0-7 at the interval.
There was still only four points in it at the end of the third quarter (0-14 to 0-10), at which stage last season’s beaten finalists put their greater experience to use with a solid defensive display.
Croom badly needed a goal, but it was denied to them by two excellent saves by Finbarr McCarthy. Cahill and Riordan reduced the deficit to two with eight minutes left, but Niall Moran (2) and O’Connor soon ended their challenge.
Scorers: Ahane: N. Moran 0-8, O. Moran 0-3, J. Moran, B. Healy, S. O’Connor 0-2 each, .D. Laing 0-1.
Croom: N. O’Riordan 0-5, M. Cregan 0-4, P. Cahill 0-2,, J. Cahill, L. Ryan 0-1 each.
AHANE: F. McCarthy; D. O’Sullivan, B. Meskell, D. Fitzgerald, C. Smith, O. Moran, C. O’Reilly; A. Smith, N. Moran; J. Meskell, D. Laing,J. Moran, B. Healy, S. O’Connor, P. Ryan. Sub. A. Doherty for Laing
CROOM: G. Flynn; K. Cregan, S. Lucey, S. Lawlor, N. O’Riordan, P. Cahill, M. Cahill; M. O’Riordan, M. Cregan; J. Cahill, M. Lenihan, H. Flavin, N. Cregan, P. lawlor, L. Ryan. Subs. P. Cregan for N. Cregan, P. Reidy for L. Ryan.
Referee: J. O’Mahony, Kildimo.
AFTER three seasons at intermediate level, Claughaun took a step closer to regaining senior status with a convincing win over Cappamore, at Caherconlish.
They now play South Liberties in the semi finals of the IHC next weekend.
They declared their intentions in the opening half when they built a 0-10 to 0-3 lead, with Leo O’Connor and Ian McNamara their main marksmen.
Cappamore never really got going when wind assisted and their dream was finally shattered in 39 minutes when Dave Loughran beat keeper Seamus Coffey, for the game’s only goal.