Patrickswell 1-17 Na Piarsaigh 0-15
Patrickswell put an end to Na Piarsaigh's bid for a hat-trick of Limerick Senior Hurling Championship crowns in a row and their sixth title in the last ten years to secure a record-breaking 20 county titles at the LIT Gaelic Grounds this afternoon.
An inspired second half performance wasn’t enough for the outgoing Limerick SHC champions as Ciaran Carey’s charges secured their first title since 2016 at the expense of the disappointing Caherdavin men.
Patrickswell did open the game brighter with Cian Lynch grabbing a fantastic point after a dazzling run from the right hand side.
Both sides exchanged points in the early stages before efforts from Tom O’Brien and Josh Considine edged Patrickswell ahead at 0-5 to 0-3 with 13 minutes on the clock.
The crucial goal came in the 14th minute when Josh Considine took full advantage of the referee’s decision to wave play on after a foul on the youngster before blasting into the top corner.
As half time fast approached Patrickswell recorded four points without response but Ronan Lynch pulled one back for Na Piarsaigh to narrow the deficit to six just before the break - 1-9 to 0-6.
When the two sides previously met in the early stages of the championship in April, Ciarán Carey’s charges emerged victorious in Kilmallock.
The Well were five-point winners in round two, a result that set the 2016 champions on the pathway to securing top spot in Group 1 of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship.
Both clubs previously met at this stage in 2015 when Na Piarsaigh edged out a classic final thanks to a narrow 1-22 to 4-12 win.
This time around Patrickswell men proved victorious again but they had their work cut out for them in the second half as Na Piarsaigh set the stall early on after the interval.
After the break Na Piarsaigh upped the tempo and grabbed three points in a row with Will Henn, Peter Casey (2) all on target early in the second half to make it a three-point game.
Further points from Adrian Breen, Alan Dempsey and Peter Casey drew the sides’ levels midway through the second half.
Patrickwell recorded their first point of the second half as Diarmuid Byrnes pointed to stop to the rot with 11 minutes to go.
The Well went on to grab four points a row with Byrnes, Considine ,Gillane and Lynch restoring Carey’s sides' three point lead heading into time added on.
Credit to Na Piarsaigh they didn’t give up and pulled one back through Peter Casey but Patrickswell had the final say to secure a five-point and their 20th Limerick SHC title.
Na Piarsiagh: Podge Kennedy; Niall Buckley, Mike Casey, Kieran Kennedy; Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch (0-1), Tommy Grimes; Conor Houlihan, Will O’ Donogue (capt.); Conor Boylan, Kevin Downes, David Dempsey (0-1); Adrian Breen (0-2), Will Henn (0-3, three frees), Peter Casey (0-7, one free).
Subs: Alan Dempsey (0-1) for Conor Houlihan (30 mins), Adam McNamara for Alan Dempsey (0-1) (55 mins), Cathal King for Will Henn (57 mins).
Patrickswell: Brian Murray; Shane O’Brien, Nigel Foley, Tom Nolan; Mark Carmody; Diarmuid Byrnes (0-2) , Paudie Maher; Josh Considine (1-2), Cian Lynch (capt.) (0-3); Jack Kelleher (0-2), Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Carroll (0-1); Aaron Gillane (0-6, six frees), Jason Gillane, Tom O’Brien (0-1).
Subs: Paul O’Brien for Andrew Carroll (h/t), John Flynn for Paul O’Brien (55 mins), Calvin Carroll for Jason Gilane (57 mins)
Referee: John O’Halloran (Bruee)