Ballygunner manager Fergal Hartley praised his side's never-say-die spirit following their three-point victory over Ballyea after two periods of extra-time in the Munster semi-final clash in Walsh Park. 

The Waterford champions looked dead and buried in normal time but, in the final seconds, centre-back Philip Mahony pulled on an overhead ball, sending it flying to the net to force extra-time with literally the last puck. 

The initial 20-minute extra-time period couldn't separate the sides either with Ballyea centre forward Niall Deasy nailing a long range free to level it. 

Another ten minutes were needed. Ballygunner took complete control from there on, keeping their opponents scoreless and plundering three points of their own to power to victory

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, manager Hartley admitted that Ballyea could feel hard done by to have lost but heralded his own team's refusal to yield.  

"We use the word 'epic' too loosely at times but as club games go, that's as epic as it gets.

"I know it's a bit cliché to say no team deserved to lose but if ever there was a game that I was involved in that no one team deserved to lose, that was one.

"I'm told Philip Mahony got his hurley to the last goal. That was the critical score. In fairness, Ballyea can feel hard done by. 

"Ballyea would have felt they should have won that game. We got that goal literally at the death. Even though we got the rub of the green, I will give the boys credit. That's just their modus. They just do not give up.

"They will not give up on any ball. They will not give up any game. We went six or seven points down at one stage and it wasn't looking good but they just clawed and clawed their way back into it."