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Watch: Highlights As Na Piarsaigh Defeat Ballygunner To Claim Munster Club SHC

Na Piarsaigh have won the Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship with victory over Ballygunner today on a scoreline of 3-15 to 2-10. 

The Limerick champions secured their fourth Munster crown in seven years in what is truly a remarkable record at provincial level. Every time they have advanced as county champions on to the Munster championship they have taken provincial honours home. In 2016, the club won their sole All-Ireland with a memorable victory in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.

High-flying Waterford side Ballygunner came into the Semple Stadium fixture brimming with confidence having dispatched of fancied Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields in a classic encounter and Clare’s representatives Sixmilebridge en route to today’s showdown.

Na Piarsaigh now advance to the All-Ireland semi-finals after Christmas and will be favoured to go and replicate their 2016 heroics. In saying that, the current All-Ireland club champions Cuala remain on course to defend their title having powered through every test in their path to date in Dublin and Leinster.

Waterford seniors Stephen O’Keefe, Barry Coughlan and Mahony brothers Pauric and Philip all lined out for the Ballygunner cause in Thurles, while Na Piarsaigh were able to call on nine of the ten players the club has listed in the Limerick senior hurling panel for 2018, with the influential Shane Dowling missing out through injury.

The men from the Déise got off to the better start, with Conor Power finding the net within the opening ten minutes.

Kevin Downes, recovered from the cruciate injury which ruled him out of the 2017 inter-county season, worked a wonderful move to assist David Breen who supplied a thundering finish to raise Na Piarsaigh’s first green flag of the afternoon.

Peter Hogan replied with the best goal of the game for Ballygunner.

A scrappy goal for the Limerick side put the game out of Ballygunner’s reach with just over a minute remaining.

Celebration time for Na Piarsaigh, whose formidable form must slate them as favourites to be climbing the Hogan Stamd steps in September.

 

 

 

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