The Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship is coming up very quickly and the final two teams competing for the championship have been decided.
Na Piarsaigh are looking to repeat in the Munster Club Finals here in 2018. The Caherdavin won handily on Sunday, November 6th winning by 18 points over Clonoulty and they have extended their undefeated streak to 12 games in the Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. This is an incredible run and many fans and experts believe that there is no one that will be able to stop this team from taking home their second Munster Club Final in a row.
Na Piarsaigh came flying out of the game with Adrian Breen and Peter Casey created issues for the Clonoulty full back line. Shane Dowling scored two pointed frees and a Breen score gave Na Piarsaigh a 0-3 to nothing score lead after just six minutes. Clonoulty was finally able to score after Timmy Hammersley scored a free and after the first quarter Na Piarsaigh lead the game 0-7 to 0-2.
Will O’Donoughue, Alan Dempsey, and Breen set up Kevin Downes and put Na Piarsaigh ahead at 1-11 to 04. Na Piarsaigh scored again just before halftime when Peter Casey finished incredibly after he was set up perfectly by Kevin Downes. In the second half, Alan Dempsey scored just after 90 seconds to put the defending champions ahead even further. Peter Casey scored yet another goal to put Na Piarsaigh ahead by 20 points after just 35 minutes. Clonoulty did not give up and scored four points in a row and the match ended with the defending champions up by 18 points which is an incredible scoreline.
Ballygunner will be the team that takes on Na Piarsaigh in the Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. Ballygunner are certainly the underdogs coming into the final as they look to stop the defending champions from taking home their second championship in a row.
Ballygunner defeated Ballyea in an incredible double overtime win that will be remembered as one of the best semifinals in the history of the Munster Championship. Ballyea started off quickly and opened with a Tadgh Lynch point with Pauric Mahony equalizing right after with a free, and Ballygunner was leading Ballyea 0-3 to 0-1 after just ten minutes. But then after 13 minutes, the score was level again after a free from Niall Deasy and a fine Tony Kelly Point. Then Mahony took the Ballygunners ahead once again with another point.
After 22 minutes, both sides were even but then two minutes later Ballyea took the lead back with two quick points and then Deasy slammed home a terrific goal for Ballyea. Ian Kenny replied for Ballgunner with a point but Ballyea lead 1-9 to 0-9 at halftime. At the start of the second half Kelly, O’Leary, and Brennan scored three points in a row and the gap was down to just six. Conor Power finally scored a goal for Ballygunner and the lead dwindled to 1-13 to 1-11 after 40 minutes. Power scored another point quickly after and the game was down to just one point going into the final quarter.
Mahony took his team to the lead with just eight minutes left but then Lynch tied the game back up. O’Sullivan snatched the lead for Ballygunner and Mahony added yet another point. Lillis scored a goal at 57 minutes for Ballyea to take the lead by just one. Philip Mahony scored a dramatic point to take the match to extra time.
Both teams struggled to create chances in the second stage of extra time as they were all burnt out from the night’s action. Barry O’Sullivan scored one point for the Ballygunners to lead 2-24 to 2-23 at halftime. Kelly hit the post with a point of effort and then Ballygunner put their team up two to secure the victory.
Ballygunner and Na Piarsaigh will have an incredibly interesting matchup in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship where either side could take home the win. Ballygunner are the clear underdogs in the final and they will be fighting to stop Na Piarsaigh from claiming their second title in a row.