TO APPRECIATE THE scale of this Na Piarsaigh rise to prominence, Shane rsquo & O;Neill allows his mind to drift back into the turn of the decade.
He may be manager for O & rsquo; Neill of another time for the Limerick club — although of a group who continue to relentlessly stock up decorations — on phases.
As they attained the county senior hurling final for the very first time he had been a participant. They gathered a amount of 0-3 that afternoon in the Gaelic Grounds.
Na Piarsaigh were a docket until the final whistle sounded and Adare had created a gulf between the groups. Five survivors from this match played some role in rsquo & yesterday;s Munster ultimate success in Thurles — captain Cathal King, David Breen, Kevin Downes, Podge Kennedy and Kevin Ryan.
Subsequently the days, O’Neill grabbing success at the end of the playing career if they hoisted silverware for the very very first time in Limerick.
There’s been no sense of the run stopping their key prize — four Limerick, four Munster and one All-Ireland.
Are you currently pinching themselves in their Caherdavin base at the rise?
“It’s pinching we must do,” rsquo laughed O &;Neill.
Once you think of where we were hoping to win our very first county title & ldquo; It & rsquo; s crazy.
“In accordance with 2011 what’s happened within the last six or seven years, it & rsquo although we had been trying so hard to break through in the county;s crazy.
“To get four from four is an incredible record. It’s a remarkable accomplishment. The only other club we’re behind today is Blackrock, who are one of the best teams ever to play with with it at club or county level.
“For our guys to be one behind them and to win as we now’ve won because 2011 shows how challenging these guys are. ”
They had an eight point cushion to rely on at the final whistle but that was no easy stroll. 2 objects inflated their ultimate winning margin in which a Ballygunner rearguard proved hard to unlock for extended stages.
“We were stressed (at half-time) since we hadn’t perform to be honest with you,” remembered O’Neill.
“We found their type of play and the arrangement that they deliver rsquo haven &;t. They’re in what they’re doing, drilled.
“They’re defensive originally and they try to catch you in the next then around the rest. A few of the clubs in Limerick are currently currently trying to do it but they’ve been doing it.
&ldquo we moved back to that which we hadn’t been doing in the first half since we said we would do. If Ballygunner obtained the first 3 points of the half, the boys dug deep in the second half.
“Then questions were also asked. We took over then. I thought we were great and that’s simply a reflection of this group.
“With ten minutes to go I said and turned into the direction, ‘That is only a phenomenal championship game that’s going on here’. We finished ultimately, definitely we are flattered by the scoreline.
“a lot was let go. The referee didn’t blow for much. It had been let flow and I assume from the first 20 minutes rsquo & we didn;t deliver a physicality that we thought we would bring but that then we brought more physicality and it suited us. ”
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