The scramble for honours, a second name, will begin again to say for today that Na Piarsaigh’s standing as one of the greatest Munster club hurling clubs of all time is well and truly secured.
It wasn’ s win continued their record of never having lost a game in the provincial boundary & rsquo; t that yesterday. It wasn’t actually the simple fact that this newest deposit into the club’s trophy cupboard was the fourth largest Munster name inside seven short but amazing decades. No, it was the way of it as much as anything else.
Inspired by a point in the interval, the Limerick side’s fluency was lost and they were being beaten to a series of 50-50 balls by a Ballygunner facet that seemed hell bent on ending a dispiriting run of defeats on Munster’s greatest stage.
“because we hadn & rsquo; t played, said manager Shane O & rsquo; Neill We’re concerned. But we were a point down. We found their manner of play and the structure that they bring hard since we haven’t come across that part of it.
“They’re really well drilled in what they’re doing. They’re defensive and they attempt to grab you in the third then around the break. They & rsquo; ve been doing it, although A few of the clubs in Limerick are trying to do it today.
“We found that difficult to crack down and perhaps we had been thinking about it” he also suggested. “At the second-half we went back to that which we all hadn&rsquo. ”
An eight-point win has been beyond their wildest dreams, and O’Neill had no hesitation in admitting that the margin flattered them, but it is a success that divides them from the likes of Blackrock about five, Sixmilebridge and Newtownshandrum on three names and also alongside St Finbarr’s on four.
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Who now would bet against them adding a fifth, or more?
“The other team we & rsquo; re behind today is Blackrock, who are one of the greatest teams ever to play be it at club or county level, & rdquo; stated rsquo, O &;Neill. “For all our guys to be just one supporting them and to win as we’ve won because 2011 only shows these guys are. ”
Everything about the manner in which this game has been won was indicative of a group that has grown comfortable, however in its own skin because there was no panic once the game initially refused to bend to their will, far from complacent.
There was little or no sign of frustration. The half-time staff talk has been devoid of rancour or desperation in line with the manager. They understood rsquo & that they hadn;t attracted the physicality needed up to then. That has been rectified on the resume.
That second-half performance was forged long before the sides re-emerged in the Kinnane Stand tunnel, although this might have been a game won with their performance.
November’s conclusion approaching. As the sun drops the thermometer spiralling back. The ground underneath heavy and treacherous . They found them in 10, when Na Piarsaigh wanted responses.
“It’s unbelievable,&rdquo. “It’s after the game but it feels like the one. Definitely in Munster anyway. It turned out to be a struggle and we knew it would be coming up here. At half-time we had been disappointed.
“We felt we’d played within ourselves however play to Ballygunner, they had been accountable for a whole lot of it. They thundered into it and we only needed to dig in.
“we’ve ever been round the block several times and we only dug the heels in and it turned out to be a amazing second-half performance. There’s absolutely absolutely no point saying. We dug it out and rsquo & that; s it is actually you to be proud of. It’s quite sweet. ”