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Watch: Mark Schutte Gets Cuala Over The Line In All-Ireland Final Epic

Watch: Mark Schutte Gets Cuala Over The Line In All-Ireland Final Epic
By Arthur James O'Dea
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It may have taken two games, but, finally, Cuala have retained their All-Ireland Club Hurling title.

At the half-way point in today's All-Ireland Club Hurling final replay between Cuala and Na Piarsaigh, you wouldn't struggle to figure out how one side didn't prevail in last weekend's drawn final

Dublin's Cuala had a one-point advantage, but, no less than a minute into the second-half and Limerick's Na Piarsaigh had leveled the tie again.

And so the game carried on in O'Moore Park as it had in Croke Park.

Constantly taking one, or even two steps forward, the aggressor would be reeled back in by their opponent. Two incredibly well-matched sides, it was Cuala that manufactured the first meaningful breakthrough; picking up on a loose Na Piarsaigh pass, Nicky Kenny drilled it home to give Cuala a goal and 3-point advantage.


No sooner had Na Piarsaigh restarted, and Cuala had another through Mark Schutte. With incredible close-control, two goals in no time at all had given the reigning holders a 6-point lead to protect.

With a little over 15 minutes remaining, Na Piarsaigh had their work cut out for them if they wanted to claim a second All-Ireland in three years.


For anyone watching Limerick's county hurlers in recent weeks, what happened next may not be that much of a surprise.

Knocking over two points, Na Piarsaigh's pressure told and David Breen received a smart pass from Shane Dowling before grabbing a vital goal.

Ten minutes after a 6-point gap had been established, and these two were again only separated by a solitary score. Another marvelous pass from Dowling to Peter Casey would see Na Piarsaigh level the game.

Once again, the tit-for-tat scoring continued. In a frenzied final few minutes, Cuala's Mark Schutte and Con O'Callaghan drew two poor fouls from Na Piarsaigh and David Treacy duly obliged and scored two point that ultimately made the difference.

Schutte knocked over one more himself and with a 2-17 to 1-17 scoreline, Cuala retained their All-Ireland title.

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