NA Piarsaigh won a third successive Limerick Premier U-21 hurling championship title this Saturday afternoon with an emphatic 2-22 to 1-14 win over Patrickswell in Bruff.
The Well were 0-10 to 0-8 in front at half time after an entertaining first half.
But the city men, whow ere minor champions three years ago, turned on the style to complete their three in a row in the second half.
The 11 point win moves Na Piarsaigh onto nine in the roll of honour.
They hit 1-5 in the opening nine minutes of the second half to turn the game on it’s head with Thomas Grimes getting the goal.
There were two frees from Jack Kelleher in reply but the Caherdavin men were now well on top and playing superb hurling.
They went on to hit 2-14 in the second half with David Dempsey getting the second goal in the final minute.
They had 10 different scorers from play while Patrickswell were over reliant on the frees of Jack Kelleher.
Indeed Na Piarsaigh only recorded three scores from frees, meaning they hit 2-19 from open play compared to the 1-5 from play for Patrickswell.
SCORES: Na Piarsaigh: David Dempsey 1-3, Peter Casey, Shane Dowling (2frees) 0-4 each, Thomas Grimes 1-1, Evan Egan 0-3, Ronan Lynch (1free) Eoghan Keogh 0-2 each, Michael Casey, Ciaran Keogh, Michael Foley 0-1 each. Patrickswell: Jack Kelleher 0-9 (7frees), Dara Shanahan 1-0, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-2 (1free, 1 penalty), Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Andrew Carroll 0-1 each.
NA PIARSAIGH: Evan Condon; John O’Halloran, Mark Buckley, Kevin McNamara; Michael Casey, Ronan Lynch, Ciaran Keogh; William O’Donoghue, Michael Foley; Thomas Grimes, David Dempsey, Shane Dowling; Peter Casey, Eoghan Keogh, Evan Egan. Subs: Gordan Browne for Kevin McNamara (33mins), Kieran Daly for Ciaran Keogh (55mins), Ronan Houlihan for Evan Egan (58mins), Evan O’Brien for Peter Casey (59mins), Lee Coughlan for Josh O’Halloran (59mins).
PATRICKSWELL: Paul Bennis; Keith Dundon, James Carrig, Neil Carmody; Kelvin Lynch, Diarmuid Byrnes, Keith Cawley; Mark Carmody, Aaron Gillane; Andrew Carroll, Jack Kelleher, Cian Lynch; David Woulfe, Kevin O’Brien, Paul O’Brien. Subs: Dara Shanahan for Paul O’Brien (41mins), Gerard Murphy for David Woulfe (56mins).
REFEREE: Declan O’Driscoll (Ballinacurra Gaels).
See the print editions of the Limerick Leader for a full match report