Newly crowned Limerick champions Patrickswell are hungry for more success during this club season, according to their captain, Cian Lynch.
On Sunday, Ciaran Carey’s side went top of the Limerick roll of honour with their 20th senior title following a 1-17 to 0-15 win over Na Piarsaigh.
The Caherdavin side had been aiming for their third county title in a row but an early goal from Josh Considine set the tone for Patrickswell and while Na Piarsaigh levelled deep in the second half, Lynch picked off two excellent scores to drag his side across the line.
There were great scenes among the Patrickswell following at the final whistle at LIT Gaelic Grounds and Lynch was delighted that the team could give back to the village that has supported them.
“Na Piarsaigh had set the standard within Limerick and across the country. For us to go out there and get the win, and you see what it means to the people of Patrickswell, it’s special.
“I said it in my speech, it goes back to the ones we’ve lost down through the years that represented Patrickswell that would have been here today watching us and people that couldn’t make it physically. It’s massive and I pour my heart out to these lads, it’s phenomenal.
“We go on about perspective and stuff but this is special, just seeing what it means to a small village and town, it’s great. If you go into our clubhouse, you see the photos on the wall and it brings added pressure.
“It’s this tradition that you want to keep going, you want to keep striving for more. We had Gary Kirby over us last year and in 2016 he won the county with us and Ciaran [Carey] this year. We have massive tradition with these two lads and it’s great to be able to give back.”
It was far from a clash for the ages with the ‘Well registering 16 wides while they also failed to score for 14 minutes of the second half.
Nevertheless, dethroning the reigning champions, who were All-Ireland finalists in 2018, is no mean feat. The 23-year-old captain was quick to praise his opposition after the game.
“We came out in the second half and we had about six or seven wides in a row and Na Piarsaigh were back on top. We didn’t throw the toys out of the pram, we didn’t get excited, we knew we had a massive half of hurling to do but we picked off a few points to get us back into the game.
“I want to pay great credit to Na Piarsaigh, what they’ve done and what they continue to do, they’re phenomenal lads. Some of the lads would be great friends of ours and it’s great to go out there and go toe to toe but at the end of the day, it’s the lads who want it the most that’ll win it and thank God, we got over the line.”
This is Patrickswell’s first county victory since 2016. That year, the side were knocked out of the Munster Championship in the Gaelic Grounds by Glen Rovers at the semi-final stage.
While Lynch is eager to enjoy this win, he is adamant that Patrickswell must now push on and prove themselves on a bigger stage.
“If we’re being honest with ourselves, we won the county today, we’ll enjoy the next few days but for us, we’re not going to settle for this, we want to keep driving on and shorten the winter. You want to keep going with your club and you want to win as much as you can while you can. There’s no point in getting carried and settling for this.
“As we know ourselves, county titles don’t come around too often, so we want to keep the heads down, enjoy the next few days, but once we regroup, we want to get back on the horse and drive on.”