Cuala and Na Piarsaigh played out an enthralling draw at Croke Park yesterday afternoon, as extra-time couldn’t separate the previous two winners of the Tommy Moore Cup.
A Seán Moran goal from a placed ball with the last puck of the game forced extra-time, and David Treacy pointed from a free to ensure the tie will go to a replay, as it finished 1-22 to 2-19.
The issue of when and where the replay will take place may not be decided until Tuesday, with a range of options open to the GAA in terms of date and venue.
Addressing the media after the game, the two managers had differing views on where it should be played.
Cuala boss Mattie Kenny opined that it should take place in Croke Park once again.
“It’s every club player’s dream to play in Croke Park. It was such a good spectacle today, and such a good game of hurling that it would be nice to see it back in Croke Park again.”
Shane O’Neill felt that the replay should be brought to Semple Stadium in Thurles.
“Cuala won the semi-final there as well, but you would expect that it would be Thurles after having the drawn match here [in Croke Park].”
Although there is a possibility that the sides will be given a two-week break, both managers are eager for it to be played next weekend.
“It’s all about recovery,” said Kenny. “Both sets of players had given it all there. The lads are showering down there now, we’ll get some food into them and get them recovering. Tomorrow, we’ll have a look at them and start preparing them for next weekend.
“I think when you’re preparing for an All-Ireland final sometimes the occasion and the build-up sucks away your energy, but I’d have no fear of the lads going again in a week’s time.”
O’Neill wants to go again “as soon as possible”.
“Teams like momentum. They like playing games. Just play it next week. Let’s go.”
Whenever, and indeed wherever, the replay takes place, it’s sure to be another cracker.