Man of the Match: Adrian Breen
Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30
Chosen ahead of Kevin Ryan, who was named on the match programme, Breen pounced for a goal after 30 seconds and went on to score four more points from play in a performance he will savour for a long time.
None. Once Na Piarsaigh set the early pace, they were always in control. By the 25th minute, they were 13 points ahead and well on their way to a comfortable win
Cushendall beat Galway champions Sarsfields by 12 points in the semi-final, yet came up 11 short yesterday. Na Piarsaigh were excellent but did the Antrim men freeze in the wide open spaces of Croke Park?
Not much went right for Cushendall but 37-year-old Karl McGeegan deserves special mention for a brilliantly flicked goal late on. It was the best score of the day, albeit too late to influence the pattern of the match.
An easy game to referee for Cork's Diarmuid Kirwan, which is usually the case in one-sided affairs.
What they said
(Na Piarsaigh manager):
"We felt that if took them on with pace, we would cause problems. It worked well, especially in the first half."
"I don't know if was nerves or what at the start but it took us 20 minutes to get going and you can't afford that."
Na Piarsaigh 12 (4 first-half) Cushendall 4 (4)
Na Piarsaigh 7 (4) Cushendall 11 (6)
Na Piarsaigh 2 (M Casey 29, S Dowling 40). Cushendall 0