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Moment Of Aaron Gillane Magic Helps Patrickswell To Crucial Draw

Moment Of Aaron Gillane Magic Helps Patrickswell To Crucial Draw
By PJ Browne Updated

Patrickswell progressed to the semi-final of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday evening.

That progression came thanks to a late comeback against Doon which earned them a draw.

The game was already in injury time when Doon went up by four thanks to a point from Darragh Stapleton.

On the next play, Aaron Gillane produced a moment of magic when he caught a long ball into the Doon defence, turned and smashed the sliotar into the corner of the net.

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Reigning Limerick champions Patrickswell were still down a point. Kevin O'Brien had what looked to be the final chance when he surged forward and struck wide, but there was to be another opportunity.

Again, it was Gillane's ability under the high ball which created the chance. From a puckout, he caught the sliotar and laid it off to O'Brien who made no mistake this time.

"Patrickswell really showed their character there, a real sign of a champion," Doon Man of the Match Darragh O'Donovan told RTÉ.

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"When you have a player like Aaron Gillane in a team, you can't take your eye off the ball for a second. It was myself there, I should have been clearing that ball out."

A win would have taken Doon straight into the semi-final. Instead, they will contest a quarter-final after drawing both of their games in Group 1.

Aaron Gillane went into the game carrying a finger injury and was wearing a glove to protect it. Late in the game, Aaron's brother Jason took over free-taking responsibilities due to that problem.

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Post-match, Patrickswell manager Ciaran Carey said that injury could require surgery.

"I have this yoke on my hand here, there's fear of me," Gillane told RTÉ.

"I've got a glove off Mycra that'll protect me.

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"That's Ciaran getting me in trouble again. I don't know, I have to meet a few people during the week and we'll make a decision on that. Luckily enough, it didn't affect me too much. That'll help my decision."

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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