It’therefore indicative of this level Na Piarsaigh have risen to a somewhat inconsistent screen saw them crowned Munster Club champions by an eight-point margin.
NA PIARSAIGH (LIMERICK) ………… 3-15
BALLYGUNNER (WATERFORD)……… 2-10
You see, yesterday, was anything but classic Na Piarsaigh.
Shane O’Neill’s charges managed just two points in the opening 19 minutes, so which figure rising to six come the telephone for half-time. Via open play, four arrived in their total, with the beginning contributing a few points between them.
Possession was fumbled, spilt, thrown away. Six wides during a advised of a forward unit that was malfunctioning.
The first phases of this second-half saw Peter Hogan, Pauric Mahony, no progress and Billy O & rsquo; Keeffe firing over three points in as many seconds to propel Ballygunner 1-7 to 0-6 apparent. The latter of those scores stemmed from a William O’Donoghue handpass, intended for David Dempsey, which moved straight into the paw of both Wayne Hutchinson.
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What the winners produced 25 moments, when put against their 35-minute offering that is launch, was fairly remarkable. In this age, they racked up 3-9, conceding just 1-3.
The perimeter sits well along with the victory on exactly the opposition that the beating of Sixmilebridge in 2013 and also the victory over Crusheen to deliver a Munster summit in 2011.
Four Munster titles in seven years is reasonable moving, a feat matched only by the Blackrock group of the seventies who won five in nine decades. Na Piarsaigh now sit directly under them onto the roll of honor and also given the age profile of Shane O’Neill’s squad, it is more probable than possible that they’ll secure a fifth crown to maneuver alongside the renowned Cork club.
Yesterday was rsquo, Na Piarsaigh &;s 11th Munster fixture since appearing from Limerick in October of 2011. They’ve to drop a match in the state. It is a unbeaten stretch and one which seemed under danger if Fergal Hartley’s charges opened up that contribute early from the second-half.
A Peter Casey stage gave no indication of what was going to emerge, but in the following action, Kevin Downes tore through the centre of the opposition defence, offloaded into Adrian Breen along with the former Limerick hurler overcome Stephen O’Keeffe from close variety. Level pegging.
Adrian Breen and Downes split the posts to transfer Na Piarsaigh 1-9 to 1-7 apparent and though Peter Hogan temporarily stopped the bleeding with Ballygunner’s very first score in 13 minutes, Conor Boylan, Adrian Breen plus a second Ronan Lynch sideline trimming established a four-point gap with five minutes remaining.
In the end, Peter Hogan found himself after Podge Kennedy dropped a Pauric Mahony free. Themselves threw to stop Hogan’therefore groundstroke crossing the white paint.
Mahony, as mentioned elsewhere on these webpages, had a frustrating day from the ball. We’d be slow to criticise the Waterford ahead given Ballygunner wouldn’t even have been current in Thurles but for his quarter and gifts that are semi-final. Nevertheless, him needs to have moved off the sooner than they did. 2 minutes from time plus four still 1-13 into 1-9, between the sides, Na Piarsaigh were turned off ownership Hogan snapped up ownership and decreased proceedings with a strike. If only unconsciously Game back on.
The reply of the Limerick champions was to bill back up the Thurles sod, Adrian Breen scrambling a second Na Piarsaigh target after brother David was ineffective initial time around.
As Barry Coughlan was sent off Ballygunner had four moments of but capitulated altogether and a objective was walked in by David Breen. It must be irritating for Ballygunner to have failed to get a provincial name during a period in which they won four county names. They didn’t exactly set Thurles ablaze but need to have greater capitalised on a fumbling Na Piarsaigh.
10 minutes struck their introduction goal into abandon them 1-2 to 0-2 in front. They’d add only two more points in the rest of the half, one of those.
The Waterford champions led 1-4 to 0-6 at the break and even though a promising burst upon the resumption, it was a sense.
Four Munster last defeats four wins in almost half that span for Na Piarsaigh, in the last 13 decades for Ballygunner.
P Kennedy; J Boylan, M Casey, N Buckley; A Dempsey T Grimes; R LynchDonoghue; C Boylan, D Breen P Casey, K Downes, A Breen.
K Ryan for D Dempsey (43 mins, inj); G Brown for C Boylan (59).
So’Keeffe; I Kenny, B Coughlan, E Hayden; W Hutchinson, Philip Mahony, S Walsh; H Barnes, So’Sullivan; D O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony, B O’Keeffe; P Hogan, JJ Hutchinson, C Power.
T O’Sullivan for Hutchinson (HT); B O’Sullivan for Walsh (54); C Sheahan for D O’Sullivan (63).