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Watch: Limerick's Na Piarsaigh Win 4th Munster Title In 7 Years

Watch: Limerick's Na Piarsaigh Win 4th Munster Title In 7 Years

Showing signs of life that will tempt some to imagine the unspoken possibility of ending the county's 44 year wait for an All-Ireland title, Na Piarsaigh today continued what is a cautiously optimistic time for Limerick hurling.

Having seen the county claim an U-21 All-Ireland in September, the advance of Na Piarsaigh into the last four of this year's All-Ireland club hurling championship came in a frantic Munster final against Ballygunner of Waterford today.

It didn't begin well for the club who became Limerick's first to claim an All-Ireland club title in 2016; Conor Power firing home a goal for Ballygunner within the opening 10 minutes.

Power's goal helped establish a lead that Na Piarsaigh would find it difficult to track back for most of the game.

Trailing 1-04 to 0-06 at half-time, that scoreline stretched out to 1-07 to 0-07 shortly after the second half started.

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It took the best efforts of Kevin Downes and David Breen to alleviate this increasing gap - Breen afforded far too much time by the otherwise solid Ballygunner back line.

While Breen's goal offered Na Piarsaigh a fresh impetus, things remained incredibly tight throughout. Just as the Limerick club looked set to have secured a hard fought victory, Ballygunner hit back again.

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Yet, their dependability was slipping and Na Piarsaigh cancelled out their goal almost immediately with another of their own.

Taking the wind out of Ballygunner's sails completely, a sending-off for the Waterford club was compounded by Breen's second goal of the afternoon.

Although the eight-point winning margin does not tell the story of a match that was nip and tuck throughout, Na Piarsaigh were decisive when it mattered.

They will be confident that a second All-Ireland title in 3 years is well within their reach.

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