Stack calls for more forward momentum

NA PIARSAIGH hurling manager Sean Stack is hoping for a better return from his attack in next Sunday’s Munster club hurling final.

NA PIARSAIGH hurling manager Sean Stack is hoping for a better return from his attack in next Sunday’s Munster club hurling final.

Na Piarsaigh drew with Clare champions in Thurles on Sunday but Stack claimed afterwards that “at least half” their forward line didn’t play to their full potential.

Na Piarsaigh scored only 1-11, their lowest tally in this year’s championship. Shane Dowling hit 1-7 but only one point of it was from play while David and Adrian Breen were the only other starting forwards to score. Corner-back Cathal King scored a point when he was moved to midfield while sub John Madden also found the range when he was introduced.

But star Limerick full-forward Kevin Downes was held scoreless as were Shane O’Neill and Kieran Ryan.

“We know at least half our forward line did not perform to the best of their ability,” said Stack afterwards, “but you perform as well as you are let. Crusheen have a fair outfit.

“Any inter-county forward would find themselves struggling against those six guys,”

Stack said it was disappointing that his side went so long without scoring after Shane Dowling’s first-half penalty as Crusheen hit five points without reply in the lead-up to half time.

“People don’t realise that you will have troughs. I didn’t realise that our trough was so long, that we went so long without a score. It’s a bit worrying,”

And the Clareman says whichever team learns most from the drawn game will prevail in the replay.

“Who gets their head around it, that’s the team that is going to win,” he added.