Na Piarsaigh claim Limerick hurling honours again

Kieran Kennedy, left, and Ronan Lynch, Na Piarsaigh, celebrate at the final whistle after victory over Patrickswell in the Limerick SHC final on Sunday
NA Piarsaigh won their third Limerick SHC title after they beat Patrickswell by a point in a thrilling final at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

NA Piarsaigh won their third Limerick SHC title after they beat Patrickswell by a point in a thrilling final at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

Shane Dowling’s free with just five seconds left in regular time proved to be the decisive score in what was an absolute belter of a game.

A goal from man of the match Kevin Downes helped Na Piarsaigh to a 1-11 to 2-7 lead at the break, Patrickswell’s goals coming from Kevin and Tommy O’Brien.

But the Well took the initiative early in the second half and two brilliantly struck penalties from Diarmaid Byrnes put them into a 4-7 to 1-13 lead.

Na Piarsaigh weathered the storm, however, and inspired by Downes and Peter Casey a string of points got them back on level terms. A Byrnes free gave Patrickswell the lead late on but Will O’Donoghue tied things up again before Dowling pointed the winner.

SCORERS - Na Piarsaigh: Kevin Downes 1-5, Shane Dowling 0-5 (four frees), Peter Casey 0-4, Kevin Ryan 0-3, Alan Dempsey 0-2, Cathal King, David Dempsey and Will O’Donoghue 0-1 each; Patrickswell: Diarmaid Byrnes 2-3 (2-0 pen, 0-3 frees) Thomas O’Brien 1-1, Kevin O’Brien 1-0, Jack Kelleher 0-2 (0-1 free), Cian Lynch 0-2, Lar Considine 0-2, Aaron Gillane and Sean O’Brien 0-1 each

NA PIARSAIGH: Podge Kennedy; Michael Casey, Kieran Breen, Kieran Kennedy; Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch, Cathal King; Alan Dempsey, Will O’Donoughue; David Dempsey, Kevin Downes, Shane Dowling; Peter Casey, Kevin Ryan, Adrian Breen. Subs: Niall Buckley for K Breen (37), David Breen for A Breen (44), Pat Gleeson for Ryan (44).

PATRICKSWELL: Brian Murray; Kelvin Lynch, Barry Foley, James Carrig; Mark Carmody, Diarmaid Byrnes, Nigel Foley; Seanie O’Brien, Jack Kelleher; Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Andrew Carroll; Tommy O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Lar Considine. Subs: Timmy Sheehan for Gillane (52), Peter Harty for Carroll (52)

- For more on this game, see the Monday and weekend print editions of the Limerick Leader