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.


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.


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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