Round 2 of the County senior hurling championship saw us paired with last years champions Kilmallock on Saturday night in Doon.
A fine crowd in attendance on a splendid night for hurling.
Following last week’s slow start it was evident from the throw-in that the lads were ready and inside the first eight minutes we had registered 5 points, 3 from Kevin Downes from placed balls along with one each from Adrian Breen and Peter Casey. Things were going quite well and a couple of further points from Downsie and Mike Houlihan from Kilmallock had the game at 7 points to 3. The Kilmallock goalie pulled off a great save from Peter Casey on 15 minutes but a few minutes later he could do nothing about a bullet from David Dempsey 1-7 to 0-3.
Further points from Will Henn(2), Will O Donoghue, and Kevin Downes(2) sent us into the break 5 points up 1-12 to 0-10.
The second half began well and Keith Dempsey stretched our lead with an excellent point which was quickly cancelled out by 3 Kilmallock points..
Ronan Lynch landed a long-range free to restore the lead before 1-2 without reply had our opponents in front.
It was nip and tuck for the last 10 minutes with scores at a premium. David Dempsey, Kevin Downes, Mike Foley, and Adrian Breen all added points to increase our tally. The Kilmallock netminder pulled off two point blank saves at a crucial stage also
The game could have swung either way in the finish but thankfully we saw it out on a 1-19 to 1-18 score line to go into the mini-break with 4 points on the board.
Overall, a good performance from the team and yet plenty to work on and improve in the coming weeks.
Next up for the lads is Patrickswell in 3 weeks’ time
Team: Evan Condon, Emmet McEvoy, Mike Casey, Gearoid Synnott, Mike Foley(0-1), Ronan Lynch(0-1), Cathall King, Will O Donoghue(0-1)capt, Keith Dempsey(0-1), Kevin Downes(0-8, 7f), Conor Boylan, David Dempsey(1-1), Peter Casey( 0-2), Adrian Breen(0-2), Will Henn(0-2). Subs: Tommy Grimes, Sean Long
On the Sunday evening our 2nd string hurlers made the short journey to Claughaun to take on Caherline in Round 2 of the Intermediate championship.
Buoyed by the last gasp victory in week 1 over Feohanagh the lads were keen to keep the good form going.
We were 3 points to the good inside 7 minutes with points from Pat Gleeson, Kieran Daly and a free from SHane Dowling.
Two Caherline points made it 4 to 2 before four unanswered points from David Sheppard, Pat Gleeson(2) and Evan Sweeney.
Caherline answered with 3 points of their own but 3 further points from Gleeson, Sweeney and Sheppard had us 10 points to 8 up at the half time whistle.
We powered into the second half and 2 brilliant John Fitzgerald points drove us on.
Evan Gilvarry also sprung into scoring life with two points of his own before substitute Dylan Lynch rattled the net with a goal on 45 minutes.
Points from Marcus Hogan and Dylan Lynch stretched the lead with the icing on the cake coming from Evan Gilvarry with a goal on full time.
Good start to the campaign for the lads with 2 wins from 2 with Murroe Boher next on the agenda in 3 weeks time.
Team: Shane Dowling(0-1), Conor Richardson, Evan Gilvarry(1-3), Padraic Heaney, Evan O Brien, James O Brien, Cathal McMullen, Dean McLoughlin, John Fitzgerald(0-2), Kevin Daly, Pat Gleeson(0-4), David Sheppard(0-1), Kieran Daly(0-1), Evan Sweeney(0-1), Niall Buckley
Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 2-20 Caherline 0-14
The jackpot is now at €3400.
The weekly numbers were 06, 09, 24, 29.
Lucky dip winners were Joe Laffan, Kate O Brien, Micheal Fitzsimons
Sellers prize went to Bernie Buckley and door prize to Maura Wall
Congratulations to David O Keefe, Danny Sheehan, Marcus Murphy and Conor Bermingham(Under 14), Eoin Brosnan and Leo Connolly(Under 15), John O Keefe, Daragh Jordan and Mark Hogan (Under 16) who all represented Limerick over the weekend.
Well done to all concerned on a brilliant weekend for the lads