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'We Came To Make A Statement. It Was Going To Be No Shock To Us If We Won'

'We Came To Make A Statement. It Was Going To Be No Shock To Us If We Won'

Kilmallock upset favourites Na Piarsaigh in the opening round of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship on Friday evening, winning 2-16 to 1-17.

Despite the defeat, Na Piarsaigh have not been eliminated. The game was part of a round robin series.

For Kilmallock, it was a victory they had been eyeing up for several years.

"We haven't beaten them since 2014," Graeme Mulcahy, scorer of 1-4, told TG4 after the game.

"We lost to them in a number of county semi-finals and finals. To finally get a victory over them after the last six years is huge, especially given what they've achieved in the All-Ireland club series over the last number of years. We're looking on, admiring them and really play catch-up."

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Kilmallock manager Tony Considine said that his side arrived at the Gaelic Grounds targeting a win.

"We came in to make a statement," said Considine.

"It was going to be no great shock to us if we won tonight. It's only the first round of the championship. We have a game coming up in two weeks' time against Ahane.

"We did a lot of wrong things. We gave away 1-4 or 1-5 that wouldn't normally happen. When we got on top, and Graeme's goal, it said to me that we were going to win this.

"There's a massive hunger because they've got a good bit of beatings from Na Piarsaigh for the last number of years. Hunger is the greatest sauce. We came in tonight [thinking] that we weren't going to lose.

"We decided that the other night at training, that we were going to give it everything and I think we did. We were the better team overall."

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

See Also: Jackie Tyrrell Faces 'New Challenge' As He Turns To Junior Hurling

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