Tuesday 24 September 2019

Powerful second half showing secures another Munster hurling crown for Na Piarsaigh

Na Piarsaigh2-18 Ballygunner 2-11

Shane Dowling celebrates after victory over Ballygunner. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Shane Dowling celebrates after victory over Ballygunner. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Ronan Lynch of Na Piarsaigh in action against Ballygunner's Peter Hogan in the AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Ballygunner v Na Piarsaigh. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
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Na Piasaigh added a provincial crown to their 2015 county success after a seven-point win over Ballygunner continued their remarkable unbeaten run in Munster.

After winning their first ever Limerick senior title in 2011, the club are yet to taste defeat in the Munster championship from nine games in three separate campaigns.

The Shannonsiders were full value for their win, a three-point advantage extended to seven by the full-time whistle.

Both teams shared the opening four points with Brian O’Sullivan showing his prowess from dead ball situations early on for the Waterford champions, before four points on the spin put them in control of proceedings before Na Parsaigh raised the first green flag of the game after 20 minutes.

Mike Foley’s crossfield ball caused havoc in the hesitant Ballygunner rearguard and David Dempsey swept the ball home.

JJ Hutinson and Shane Dowling traded scores before the Waterford side hit the front with a goal of their own.

Na Piarsaigh failed to clear their lines and after appearing to butcher a goal chance, Tim O’Sullivan pounced with O’Sullivan’s fourth point of the half giving them a three-point cushion at the interval.

In front of a disappointing attendance of 2,320 it was the Limerick champions that shot out of the traps after the break. Peter Casey, Will O’Donoghue, a monster point from Mike Foley and a Dowling effort was just rewards for their ascendancy in the contest.

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An O’Sullivan free seemed to steady the ship but Na Piarsigh again upped the ante, reeling off another four successive scores to stretch the lead to four points.

A goal from O’Sullivan, a real threat throughout, sparked hopes of a revival, but this was soon cancelled out by Dowling after further points from Alan and David Dempsey as they march on with sights set on an All-Ireland title.

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