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All-Ireland club champions Na Piarsaigh taken down in Limerick SHC
2015 All-Ireland finalists Kilmallock took the scalp of the reigning champions.

RECENTLY CROWNED ALL-Ireland club hurling champions Na Piarsaigh fell to Kilmallock in the first round of the Limerick SHC on Sunday evening.

Just seven weeks after their famous victory at Croke Park, Na Piarsaigh were brought back down to earth by 2015 All-Ireland finalists, who beat them on a scoreline of 2-20 to 3-13.

The reigning county champions found themselves in a 2-10 to 0-8 behind at half-time. Teenager Oisin O’Rielly netted both goals for the far more energetic team.

A 39th minute goal from Kevin Downes gave Na Piarsaigh hope but a few scores from Robbie Hanley stretched Kilmallock’s lead. Late goals from David Sheppard and Downes were not enough to save the game for the city club.

Shane O’Neill’s side, who were without Cathal King, Peter Casey and Kieran Breen, are still likely to advance from the group.

Elsewhere in the competition, a Tom Morrissey brace of goals and one from Niall Moran helped Ahane to a 3-12 to 1-14 win over Murroe-Boher.

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