Wednesday 23 October 2019

Limerick closing in on the double

Sean Enwright came in for Justin Kehoe in the final, and the Birr man claimed his second Barton Shield medal, 18 years after winning with UCD (stock photo)
Sean Enwright came in for Justin Kehoe in the final, and the Birr man claimed his second Barton Shield medal, 18 years after winning with UCD (stock photo)

Brian Keogh

Limerick are on track for an All-Ireland double at Westport after they beat County Sligo by seven holes to claim the AIG Barton Shield.

The Munster champions will face Galway in the AIG Senior Cup semi-finals today looking to set up a famous double they last achieved in 1976.

They put paid to Warrenpoint's bid for their third Barton Shield win in four years - and their eighth overall - with a two-hole semi-final win, as County Sligo eased to a seven-hole win over Dundalk,

Sean Enright came in for Justin Kehoe in the final, and the Birr man claimed his second Barton Shield medal, 18 years after winning with UCD.

Enright and O'Brien claimed a two-hole win over brothers TJ and Daniel Ford - O'Brien's 25 footer at the 15th falling on its last revolution to seal overall victory.

The real damage was done by Michael Reddan and Ciaran Vaughan, who completed a remarkable unbeaten run through the competition with a five-hole win over Ruairi O'Connor and Thomas Finnegan.

"It's been a fantastic journey for us in the Barton Shield," Limerick team captain Juan Fitzgerald said. "We've been unlucky in a few Irish finals. Sligo beat us back in 2006 at Enniscrone so we kind of owed them one really."

In the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield semi-finals, The Island beat Nenagh 3.5-1.5 and now face Armagh club Tandragee, who were 3.5-1.5 winners over Roscommon.

In the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield, Charleville beat Rossmore 3.5-1.5 and now meet Castlebar for the title after the Mayo men beat a Cill Dara side featuring former Epsom Derby winner Christy Roche 3.5-1.5.

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