Sunday 25 September 2016

Man of the Match: Adrian Breen

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

Adrian Breen (SPORTSFILE)
Adrian Breen (SPORTSFILE)

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.

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Turning point

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

Talking point

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?

Magic moment

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.

Ref watch

An easy game to referee for Cork's Diarmuid Kirwan, which is usually the case in one-sided affairs.

What they said

Shane O'Neill

(Na Piarsaigh manager):

"We felt that if took them on with pace, we would cause problems. It worked well, especially in the first half."

John McKillop

(Cushendall manager):

"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."

Match statistics

Wides

Na Piarsaigh 12 (4 first-half) Cushendall 4 (4)

Frees

Na Piarsaigh 7 (4) Cushendall 11 (6)

Yellow cards

Na Piarsaigh 2 (M Casey 29, S Dowling 40). Cushendall 0

Attendance: 31,518

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