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Watch: Last-Gasp Stunner Drives Ballygunner To Absolutely Epic Championship Victory

Watch: Last-Gasp Stunner Drives Ballygunner To Absolutely Epic Championship Victory

It had been earmarked early in the week as the game to watch out for and it duly delivered. Ballygunner and Ballyea played out a thrilling Munster club championship semi-final that was forced to extra-time thanks to a last-gasp goal. A late '65 ensured extra, extra-time was required but ultimately the Waterford side secured victory.

The Waterford and Clare champions were bound to deliver a magnificent affair given their respective star quality. Clare midfielder Tony Kelly was at his typical brilliance from early on as he got on the scoreboard from the placed ball and play.

 

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The sides remained nip-and-tuck until the 53rd minute when Ballyea rattled off three successive scores to leave Fergal Hartley's side on the verge of another Munster championship defeat. However, in the dying moments, a floated ball into the square was met by a determined Phillip Mahony who forced the game to extra-time.

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Conditions began to deteriorate and a November Walsh Park pitch struggled to cope but it had little impact on the quality of hurling. Stephen O'Keefe's monster puck-outs began to find their range and Ballygunner took the lead. A strong response came as Niall Deasy, who hit 1-10 in total, continued to convert frees while Brian O'Sullivan consistently produce significant scores for his club. In the end, a last-minute Deasy '65 left the sides level once more and extra, extra-time was required.

Inter-footballer Gary Brennan was another stand-out performer but gradually the Clare club began to struggle with fatigue. Phillip Mahony manufactured a late free which the peerless Pauric Mahony converted. Mahony has been in sensational form all year, having hit 0-12 during their quarter-final victory over Midleton and 0-13 before that. Today he finished with 0-13. Ultimately, the Waterford kingpins proved victorious. It finished 2-26 to 2-23.

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Maurice Brosnan

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