Despite trailing 1-4 to 0-5 at the break, Fr Casey’s booked the first place in the Limerick SFC semi-finals with a 2-11 to 2-8 win over St Kieran’s at Newcastlewest on Saturday on the back of second-half goals from Pádraig McEnery and Robert Browne.
Despite the setback, Kieran’s, who missed a penalty but had Jim Donovan on the scoresheet with two goals, take second spot in Group 2 and qualify for the quarter-finals.
Galbally could join them as Vinny O’Connell’s two late points turned the tables on Adare in Bruff on Saturday evening on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10. Goals from Galbally’s Darren Sheehy and Adare’s Robbie Bourke left the sides level at 1-6 apiece at the break.
Mountcollins can also make the play-offs after downing St Patrick’s 2-14 to 2-9 under the Mick Neville lights in Rathkeale on Friday. Early goals from Tom McCarthy and Stephen Cahill sent them on their way and, while they conceded a goal to Jason Mullins to lead 2-7 to 1-3 at half-time, they defended their lead despite Mullins throwing Pat’s a lifeline with his second goal. This fourth successive defeat now consigns the City side to the relegation play-off.
Group 2 provided the weekend’s shock where Newcastlewest lost their 100% record yesterday in Kilmallock by losing 2-14 to 0-9 to Ballylanders.
However, they are sure of a place in the play-offs and will progress directly to the semi-finals if they win their last outing against Monaleen. Despite Pa Fox goaling just before the break and Mark O’Connell adding a second, Bally could end up in the relegation final or qualify for the play-offs depending on their result against Ballysteen.
Joining Newcastle in the post-season are 2010 Munster champions Dromcollogher-Broadford. They had to recover from Micheál Reidy’s early dismissal and a half time deficit of 1-3 to 0-5 which grew to seven points after the break before they squeaked home by 0-13 to 2-6 over Ballysteen in Rathkeale on Saturday evening.
Despite Brendan Hayes from a penalty and Danny Neville claiming the only two goals, Ballysteen now foot the table and have to win their last outing to avoid the relegation final.
In the group’s other game, champions Monaleen kept hopes for three-in-row alive with a 0-14 to 1-8 win over Saint Senan’s in Rathkeale Mick Neville yesterday. Leading 0-8 to 0-3 at the break, they held on despite conceding the only goal to Kavanagh.
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