Na Piarsaigh 3-15 Ballygunner 2-10
Na Piarsaigh maintained their perfect record from Munster to document a fourth provincial final triumph in seven years, writes Eoghan Cormican.
Na Piarsaigh had the better of the Waterford champions in a match which was slow to begin as it was two years ago.
This win takes the Limerick club to moment on the roll of honor and brings to 11 the amount of games.
A burst of 1-3 without reply between the 35th and 41st moment had pushed Na Piarsaigh into a 1-9 to 1-7 lead and although Peter Hogan trimmed the deficit to the minimal, Shane O’Neill’s fees replied this with three on the hop.
Niall Buckley of Na Piarsaigh in activity.
This four-point benefit held company when a fine Ballygunner target was registered by Hogan after three Ballygunner forwards had hassled out of ownership the Na Piarsaigh defender. Back to the minimum.
Headed Na Piarsaigh, David Breen producing. The scoreline is now read by 2-13 into 2-9. Even the Caherdavin club pushed on David Breen shooting in a different target, in second-half stoppages after Barry Coughlan was sent to get a second yellow.
In what was a dire first-half, Ballygunner should have been farther ahead to 0-6 than 1-4. They’d held a 1-4 to 0-3 lead after a fine David O’Sullivan rating on 23 minutes, but the previous 3 points of the half fell the method of the Limerick champions as Ronan Lynch, sideline cut, Peter Casey and Adrian Breen breathed some semblance of existence into their challenge.
We were treated to seven scores in the opening 20 seconds being Conor Power’s target when rushing outside to ownership after Na Piarsaigh corner-back Jerome Boylan had slipped.
Na Piarsaigh had two target chances of their own, Ian Kenny with rsquo, Stephen O &;Keeffe keeping Conor Boylan & rsquo out.
They and Slaughtneil from the All-Ireland semi-final play with.
Scorers for Ballygunner: P Hogan (1-2); C Power (1-0); B O’Keeffe (0-4, 0-1 free); Pauric Mahony (0-1 free), D O’Sullivan (0-2 each).
Ballygunner: S O’Keeffe; I Kenny, B Coughlan, E Hayden; W Hutchinson, Philip Mahony, S Walsh; H Barnes, S O’Sullivan; D O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony, B O’Keeffe; P Hogan, JJ Hutchinson, C Power.
Subs: T O’Sullivan to get Hutchinson (HT); B O’Sullivan to get Walsh (54); G Brown for C Boylan (59)
Subs: K Ryan for D Dempsey (43 mins, inj); C Sheahan for David O’Sullivan (63).
Referee: R McGann (Clare).