A Visit to Remember

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A Visit to Remember

THERE are merely a few cliff faces that the Slaughtneil hurlers can’t nonetheless scale — however they’re getting closer to reaching the All-Ireland summit.

They consumed the lessons from the beating they took at the hands of eventual winners Cuala last year.

In the event that you’re studying, you’re really beaten.

The Derry men left Parnell Park in north Dublin with lots of regrets however that semi-final defeat wasn’t almost as demoralising as 12 months ago.

On Saturday, Slaughtneil created a joke of their bookmakers’ odds as well as though theyrsquo;d lost a 2nd consecutive All-Ireland semi-final, they’ll feel that they belong at projecting’s top table.

Slaughtneil led 2-6 to 1-6 at half-time.

They’d Na Piarsaigh on the principles for a lot of the first half with all the Limerick men fighting to live with all the intensity that the Ulster champions attracted to the pulsating semi-final.

And, for the majority of the second half, Slaughtneil had a two-man benefit.

But they couldn’t make it count.

After ahead Conor Boylan and protector Tommy Grimes were rightly red-carded in the 33rd and 35th moments, respectively, Slaughtneil couldn’t unpick that the Na Piarsaigh rearguard.

“In the second half of the game took a true twist,” McShane stated. “They had two players sent off and for some foolish reason why it didn’t function for us.

“You’d think with just two additional men it might work to our benefit but it didn’t since it made no difference to their own defence. Give Na Piarsaigh credit since our interior line was totally in addition to the first half. We were getting a great deal of mileage out of our interior line.

“But they tightened up in the second half. Occasionally players stand back and await the other person to handle [when the opposition lose players to red cards].

“Appearance, it didn’t function for us and now I must take some of this attribute, and I will.

“It’s just very disappointing since it was a excellent prospect. Strangely enough if the game had remained 15 from 15 I think we might have obtained it. ”

Momentum is absolutely everything in hurling.

Na Piarsaigh managed to place a nightmare first half behind them and never two dismissals could stop their dramatic second-half ascent.

“Inside my managerial profession I’ve never been disappointed [than half-time],” stated victorious Na Piarsaigh boss Shane O’Neill.

“We didn’t perform in any respect we didn’t do anything else that we put out to do.

“We dropped every one of the 50-50s, each of the breaking ball, also if Slaughtneil had taken a few of the scores that they might have been seven or six points upward at half-time.

“Theyrsquo;d some poor wides and we weren’t in the game in any respect. However, the fact we were only a goal behind we were constantly in touch. And then we have two or three points [at the beginning of the second half]. ”

Direction, composure and work-rate, O’Neill stated, were the 3 components his players attracted to the second half Saturday’s semi-final clash — and, naturally, the indomitable figure of Shane Dowling.

Sidelined for 3 months with a terrible knee injury, Dowling entered the fray at the restart and was totally astounding.

“Shane includes palms of God,” stated Na Piarsaigh full-back Mike Casey.

Dowling’s divine action came in the 41st minute when he fetched a very long puck-out from ‘keeper Podge Kennedy earlier off-loading into Kevin Downes who blasted to the internet to offer Na Piarsaigh a controlling 2-11 into 2-6 lead.

Twenty minutes after, Dowling produced the most outrageous slice of ability that you’ll watch this season.

He billed Slaughtneil goalkeeper Oisin O’Doherty’s attempted clearance, so flipped the sliothar on a Slaughtneil protector and batted it on the minds of everybody before it rippled the internet.

Dowling’s amazing significant place Na Piarsaigh 3-12 to 2-8 ahead. It was game over at that point despite Gerald Bradley firing house in stoppage-time.

And yet, Slaughtneil’s day started so brightly.

Inside men Brendan Rogers and Brian Cassidy were unmarkable at the first half.

Rogers has been hauled down by Mike Casey in the 17th minute and Cormac O’Doherty murdered the punishment as Slaughtneil forged ahead 1-4 to 0-3.

Gerald Bradley and Shane McGuigan have to have extended the Ulstermen’s lead before midfielder Ronan Lynch replied with one of his 11 converted placed chunks of the afternoon.

From the 22nd minute, Conor Boylan escaped the clutches of both Slaughtneil full-back Sean Cassidy to electricity house and amount the tie (1-4 apiece).

But, to Slaughtneil’s everlasting credit, they came back.

Rogers, untouchable in the opening half an hour, gathered Cormac O’Doherty’s ball before setting up Brian Cassidy who finished into the net.

But, for all Slaughtneil’s half an endorsement they didn’t create it count on the scoreboard — and they’d pay the heaviest price in the second period.

Oddly enough, Na Piarsaigh were galvanised by anguish two red cards.

From the 33rd minute, Boylan struck at Shane McGuigan after an untidy tangle and has been red-carded on the recommendation of the linesman.

Two minutes later, Grimes lashed out at Gerald Bradley and also walked.

These were just two belligerent actions that indicated Na Piarsaigh weren’t going to be bullied for 2 halves in-a-row.

They made light of going down to 13 men and showed what champions are made of, hitting 1-5 without reply after the period.

Despite the fact that Slaughtneil kept their excess men in defensive positions they couldn’t contain Na Piarsaigh attacker Shane Dowling.

They also fouled too easily which enabled Ronan Lynch to convert 11 put chunks — one of which was a ’65 later Oisin O’Doherty saved his punishment effort.

This season’s All-Ireland decider promises to be a game involving the 2016 champions Na Piarsaigh and defending winners Cuala.

Slaughtneil have a few road to travel — it’s at getting shorter.

Subs: S Dowling (1-0) for A Breen (h-t), K Ryan for D Breen (55), K Kennedy for D Dempsey (56), G Brown for K Downes (60)

Blood sub: K Kennedy for T Grimes (24-25)

Subs: G O’Kane for C McAllister (49),

Yellow cards: P McNeill (49), M McGrath (55)

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)

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