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AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 3-15 Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-10
Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Ballygunner (Waterford) by 3-15 to 2-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Final on Sunday November 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Match Highlights via GAA Now
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REPORT: Two late goals seal victory for Na Piarsaigh over Ballygunner in the AIB Munster Club SHC Final. https://t.co/Q2N0QqtEAQ
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Na Piarsaigh crowned Munster champions
AIB Munster Club SHC Final
NA PIARSAIGH (Limerick) 3-15 BALLYGUNNER (Waterford) 2-10
Report By Declan Rooney At Semple Stadium for GAA.ie
Adrian Breen and David Breen fired late goals to finally shake off the challenge of Ballygunner and claim a fourth Munster SHC title for Na Piarsaigh at Semple Stadium. The 2016 All-Ireland champions looked to be easing their way to victory in the closing stages, but a goal from Peter Hogan pulled the four in a row Waterford champions to within a point with two minutes left.
But the brilliant Adrian Breen hit back first – he scored a splendid 1-5 from play – and hit the clincher deep in added time to extend Ballygunner’s woe in Munster. Ballygunner won the toss and elected to play into what appeared to be a tame breeze, but considering Pauric Mahony missed four of his first-half frees – two dropped short and two sailed wide – it turned out to be a significant impediment for the four-in-a-row Waterford champions.
But still Fergal Hartley’s side showed enough fight and class in the opening half to lead 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval. A point from Adrian Breen gave Na Piarsaigh the lead after 30 seconds, a score that was matched three minutes later when Billy O’Keeffe pointed on the turn for Ballygunner.
A well worked move from right to left saw Tommy Grimes restore Na Piarsaigh’s lead after six minutes, but despite Pauric Mahony’s inaccuracies, Ballygunner levelled through David O’Sullivan before Conor Power fired a key goal after ten minutes. He made the most of an unfortunate slip from Jerome Boylan at the back and ran onto Shane O’Sullivan’s long pass to give his side a 1-2 to 0-2 lead. Pauric Mahony finally found the target midway through the half to stretch the lead to four points, but Na Piarsaigh – for whom Niall Buckley delivered endless accurate passes from deep – finished the half strongly. A ’65 from Ronan Lynch was followed by a sweet sideline cut from the same player, while Peter Casey and Adrian Breen points in added-time saw the Limerick winners close to within a point at the interval.
The first five minutes of the second-half epitomised the frantic nature of the game. Ballygunner flew out of the traps and Pauric Mahony, Peter Hogan and Billy O’Keeffe all pointed in quick succession. Na Piarsaigh’s play was riddled with poor handling and sloppy striking at that stage, but suddenly in the space of two minutes they turned a three point deficit into a one point lead.
Peter Casey settled the Limerick men with a good point from the right, before Kevin Downes sent David Breen in on goal and the former county man rattled the roof of the net. Immediately a point followed from Adrian Breen who also played a role in the goal and Na Piarsaigh led 1-8 to 1-7 after 37 minutes.
After spending nearly 40 minutes losing ruck balls and the majority of 50-50 challenges, Na Piarsaigh were all of a sudden lording the ground war, and a quick pick up and shot by Downes from one such clash pushed the 2016 All-Ireland winners into a two-point lead with 18 minutes remaining. Peter Hogan replied for Ballygunner, but Conor Boylan and Adrian Breen pointed in the closing stages and then a second Lynch sideline and Downes’ late point looked to have clinched the win for Na Piarsaigh.
Two minutes from time Peter Hogan fired a great goal to put a point between the sides, but Adrian Breen and David Breen hit back with two goals to see Na Piarsaigh run out convincing winners.
Scorers for Na Piarsigh: A Breen 1-5, D Breen 2-0, R Lynch 0-3 (1’65, 1’sl), P Casey 0-3, K Downes 0-2, T Grimes 0-1, C Boylan 0-1.
Scorers for Ballygunner: P Hogan 1-2, B O’Keeffe 0-4 (1f), C Power 1-0, D O’Sullivan 0-2, Pauric Mahony 0-2 (1f).
NA PIARSAIGH: Podge Kennedy; Jerome Boylan, Mike Casey, Niall Buckley; Alan Dempsey, Cathal King (c), Tommy Grimes; Ronan Lynch, William O’Donoghue; Adrian Breen, David Breen, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kevin Downes, Conor Boylan
Subs: Kevin Ryan for D Dempsey (43 mins), Gordon Brown for C Boylan (61 mins).
BALLYGUNNER: Stephen O’Keeffe; Eddie Hayden, Barry Coughlan, Ian Kenny; Wayne Hutchinson, Philip Mahony, Shane Walsh (jc); Harley Barnes, Shane O’Sullivan; Pauric Mahony (jc), David O’Sullivan, Conor Power; Billy O’Keeffe. JJ Hutchinson, Peter Hogan
Subs: Conor Sheahan for Kenny (21-24 mins blood), Tim O’Sullivan for JJ Hutchinson (half-time), Barry O’Sullivan for S Walsh (54 mins), Conor Sheahan for D O’Sullivan (63 mins).
Referee: Rory McGann (Clare).
Peter Hogan (Ballygunner) goal
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Highlights – 2015 Munster Club SHC Final
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