Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh turn thoughts to All Ireland

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Niall Gilligan, Sixmilebridge, in action against Cathal King, Na Piarsaigh in Sundya's final in Ennis
NA Piarsaigh have swiftly turned attentions to next February’s All-Ireland club SHC semi-final.

NA Piarsaigh have swiftly turned attentions to next February’s All-Ireland club SHC semi-final.

The newly crowned Munster champions will play three times All-Ireland champions Portumna in the semi-final with Cusack Park in Ennis or Semple Stadium in Thurles the likely venues.

After winning the provincial title with 18-points to spare, Man of the Match Cathal King is anxious that Na Piarsaigh don’t rest on their laurels.

“Hopefully we don’t peak here - we want to keep going. We found it tough the last time coming back and facing Loughgiel. We were behind for all that match in the All-Ireland semi-final. This time we will be a bit more wise about it and get our work done and be prepared,” said King.

On Sunday, King was detailed to man-mark Sixmilebridge dangerman Niall Gilligan.

The man-marking role was just one of the reason’s for Na Piarsaigh’s success but it was a tactic that worked brilliantly.

“We watched a couple of their matches and he has still got an amount of pace over the first 10-15 yards and we were a small bit worried about that so they put me in there to have the legs on him to get out to the ball,” explained King.

“Lucky for me it worked and I got through it,” he said, moments after receiving his Man of the Match award.

“We are over the moon - this is a different feeling to the last time because we had something to prove and people knew us and when they know what to expect from you, it is always harder. Every match we played we have some up against unreal opposition,” said King.

“Today we performed above all expectation. We really drove on and are delighted by that.”

It was a performance all in the club knew was in the team.

“We were waiting for that all year - we were waiting to burst out and be free about our hurling and today it showed.”