“THE famine is over – let the feast commence” said an elated Na Piarsaigh captain Kieran Bermingham as he lifted the Daly Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
The Caherdavin club easily got the better of Ahane in Sunday’s Limerick’s Live 95FM-sponsored SHC to run out comfortable 2-18 to 0-13 winners in the Gaelic Grounds.
Shane Dowling was the Na Piarsaigh hero as he claimed the man of the match award after hitting a tally of 1-10. Na Piarsaigh were 1-12 to 0-7 ahead at the break, the goal coming from county star Kevin Downes.
Ahane rallied somewhat early in the second half but when Dowling got Na Piarsaigh’s second goal from a penalty, it settled the tie.
SCORERS - Na Piarsaigh: Shane Dowling 1-10 (1-0pen, 0-7frees), Kevin Downes 1-1, Pat Gleeson, David Breen, A Bdrianreen, 0-2 each, Shane O’Neill 0-1. Ahane: Niall Moran 0-5 (1pen, 2 frees), John Meskell (1free), Sean Madden 0-2 each, Ollie Moran, Dan Morrissey, Fergus Ahern, Paul O’Connor 0-1 each.
NA PIARSAIGH -Padraig Kennedy; Aidan Hennessy, Kieran Breen, Kieran Bermingham; Alan Dempsey, James O’Brien, Brian Hartnett; Cathal King, Pat Gleeson; Robert Sheehan, David Breen, Shane O’Neill; Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes, Kevin Ryan. Subs: Adrian Breen for Robert Sheehan (h-t), David Lynch for Alan Dempsey (41mins), Damien Quigley for Kevin Ryan (59mins).
AHANE - Tadgh Flynn; Alan Doherty, Darragh Madden, John Doheny; Cathal O’Reilly, Mike Carr, Paraic Treacy; John Meskell, Fergus Ahern; David Laing, Niall Moran, Daniel Morrissey; Brian Healy, Ollie Moran (capt), Richard Ryan. Subs: Sean Madden for Brian Healy (15mins), Mark Foley for Darragh Madden, inj (30mins), Paul O’Connor for John Meskell, inj (34mins), Sean O’Connor for David Laing (38mins), Cathal Ryan for John Doheny (55mins).
REFEREE - Shane Hourigan (St Marys Sean Finns).
For a full report on this game, see Monday’s Limerick Leader and for even more analysis, reaction and a collection of brilliant photographs, see the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader.