Adare 1-13 Ballylanders 0-12

A towering second half display helped Adare retain their Limerick SFC title at Newcastlewest.

Defending their maiden win, the champions were four point in arrears at half time but kicked seven successive points at the start of the second half to move themselves into a lead they never relinquished.

In the fourth minute of injury-time late substitute Charlie McCarthy copper-fastened the win with the final’s only goal.

Underdogs Ballylanders were 0-9 to 0-5 ahead at half time.

The south Limerick men retreating many into defence but hit Adare on the counterattack time after time.

Adare opened the scoring but half way through the opening 30 minutes, Ballylanders were 0-5 to 0-1 clear with points from Danny Frewen, Jimmy Barry Murphy and free-taker Kieran O’Callaghan.

Mikey Lyons and Stephen Keeley replied with Adare points but again O’Callaghan hit back for Ballylanders.

Three unanswered points from Adare had it back to a one point game after 25 minutes with Hugh Bourke and Mark Connolly on the mark.

But it was Ballylanders that finished on top again and brought a four point lead into the break with points from Frewen, Stephen Fox and O’Callaghan.

Adare brought more urgency to the second half and points from Jack English and Mark Connolly tied up the final for just the second time at 0-9 each and just eight minutes played in the new half.

Hugh Bourke and Paul Maher got in on the scoring and Adare were 0-12 to 0-9 ahead as the final was about to enter the final quarter.

Ballylanders had to wait until the 15th minute of the second half to score and when they did, they found three in the next five minutes and it was a one-point game, with 10 minutes to play.

That was it from Ballylanders though and the only score remaining came in the fourth minute of injury time when a counter attack from Adare saw McCarthy goal.

Adare: B Carmody; J Fitzgerald, A O’Connor, D Connolly; O Collins, E Ryan, P Maher (0-1); S Keeley (0-1), J English (0-3); D Lyons, H Bourke (0-3, 1f), M Lyons (0-1); M Connolly (0-2), R Bourke (0-2, ‘45, f), S O’Connor. Subs: S Doherty for English (57), C McCarthy (1-0) for S O’Connor (61).

Ballylanders: D O’Connor, M Kelly, E Martin, J Leigh; B O’Connell, S Walsh, T O’Dwyer; L Martin, M O’Connell; E O’Mahony, C Kelly, D Frewen; JB Murphy, K O’Callaghan, S Fox. Subs: E Walsh for O’Callaghan (40), K O’Callaghan for L Martin (50), D McCarthy for Fox (57), J Kirby for Frewen (62).

Referee: M Sexton (Bruree)