Munster Club SHC final
Crusheen (Clare) 0-14 v Na Piarsaigh 1-11 (Limerick), Thurles, 2pm
Live score commentary
A draw in Thurles, a great game of hurling
Now into injury time here, one minute added
A minute to play in Thurles
Crusheen with the free that ties the contest again
Na Piarsaigh hit the front with three minutes to play
Inside the last five minutes here
Level again in this cracking game
Crusheen back ahead again
Teams are level here in Thurles, two quick efforts from the Cork men
An important score for Crusheen, two points once again
Just the single score between the teams as Na Piarsaigh point again
A two point game again here
The Cork side with a point, hanging in there at this stage
Crusheen with another point
Na Piarsaigh open the scoring for second period
Second half underway
0-9 to 1-3 at the interval in Thurles
Halftime in Thurles, a good comeback from the Banner side
The underdogs go three in front, a great performance to date
A two point lead for Crusheen
Crusheen lead again, they have battled back well here
Nothing to separate the teams in Thurles
The sides are level once more, a great game here
The Clare men hit back with a point, just the one in it
Na Piarsaigh take the lead from penalty
Crusheen go in front
Sides are level in Thurles
Na Piarsaigh go back in front from the free
The sides are level are ten minutes, Crusheen doing well
Crusheen hit back with a point
The Cork side make it two points
Na Piarsaigh hit the front here
The game is underway here
There will be a new name on the O’ Neill Cup as two sides who have never won the Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship, attempt to claim that honour this Sunday at Semple Stadium.
Na Piarsaigh, managed by former Clare star, Sean Stack, won their first ever Limerick county final this year and swept aside Waterford champions Ballygunner, in the Munster semi-final at Walsh Park last week.
A stunning second half display courtesy of a strong wind and two goals from Limerick minor captain and U-21 player Shane Dowling and one from David Breen helped the Limerick overcome the much fancied Ballygunner 3-9 to 0-12.
Crusheen retained the county crown this year and have improved on last year’s disappointing Munster championship by beating Cork champions, Carrigtwohill, in the semi-final 0-19 to 1-10 after turning in a disciplined and powerful second half performance at Pairc Uí Chaoimh.
The Cork club side were good value for their 0-8 to 0-6 lead at half-time and may have had a goal but Clare net minder Donal Tuohy brilliantly denied Stephen Dineen just before the break.
Tuohy was again called into action early in the second-half to deny Carrigtwohill captain Mickey ‘Da’ Fitzgearld and Crusheen soon raised their game. Crucially, Carrig didn’t score for the next 21 minutes of the game as the Clare champions tightened up around midfield and in defence.
Crusheen soon pulled away by seven points to all but seal their place in the Munster SHC final despite a late goal from the Cork champions.
Na Piarsaigh go into this game as odds-on favourites but Crusheen will hope to prove there is light at the end of the tunnel after a poor year for Clare hurling.