Na Piarsaigh bid to end Limerick’s 21 year wait

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Na Piarsaigh players celebrate after their Munster club success over Sixmilebridge
NA Piarsaigh bid to end a 21-year wait for a Limerick side to reach the St Patrick’s Day All-Ireland club hurling final this Saturday.

NA Piarsaigh bid to end a 21-year wait for a Limerick side to reach the St Patrick’s Day All-Ireland club hurling final this Saturday.

But standing between the Caherdavin men and an All-Ireland final place is three-time champions Portumna.

Not since Kilmallock in 1993 has Limerick been represented in the showpiece club final in Croke Park on March 17.

However defeat was Kilmallock’s lot - like Patrickswell and Ballybrown previously.

But if Na Piarsaigh are to take a step closer to a coveted All-Ireland title they will have to overcome the Galway side that are powered by inter-county household names like Joe and Ollie Canning, Damien Hayes and Andy Smith.

The Na Piarsaigh challenge has been hindered by the loss of corner forward Adrian Breen, who broke a collar bone in a recent challenge game.

His place could be taken by teenager Ronan Lynch.

The 2013 Munster minor hurler of the year was the star of the show on Saturday as Ardscoil Ris booked a Harty Cup final spot.

Free-taker Lynch hit 1-9 in that big win for the secondary school.

He only joined up with Sean Stack’s Na Piarsaigh senior side since Christmas but could be set to play his first competitive game on Saturday.

This Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final takes place in Thurles with live television coverage on TG4 at 5.00.

Also on Saturday will be the refixture of the Harty Cup semi-final between Doon and Rochestown. The game has been fixed for Mallow with the time to be confirmed.

On Sunday, there will be football action with Limerick entertaining Longford in round two of the National League. The game has a 2.00 start in the Gaelic Grounds.