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Full-time: Na Piarsaigh 2-25 Cushendall 2-14 – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) are All-Ireland club senior hurling champions


Na Piarsaigh 2-24 Cushendall 2-14

Neil McManus with a free for Cushendall. Two added minutes until an outstanding Na Piarsaigh team are crowned All-Ireland champions for the first time in the club’s history.


Na Piarsaigh 2-24 Cushendall 2-13

Only a consolation at this stage but McKeegan flicks home for Cushendall’s second goal of the afternoon.


Na Piarsaigh 2-24 Cushendall 1-13

Adrian Breen is the AIB/TG4 man of the match.


Na Piarsaigh 2-24 Cushendall 1-13

Pure class from Will O’Donoghue to make it a 15-point gap, but then Shane McNaughton hits back.


Na Piarsaigh 2-23 Cushendall 1-12

Nice point from Shane McNaughton, who’s been excellent for Cushendall.


Na Piarsaigh 2-23 Cushendall 1-11

Dowling with another monster for Na Piarsaigh. It’s been like target practice for them at times.


Na Piarsaigh 2-22 Cushendall 1-11

Eoghan Campbell and Alan Dempsey trade points.


Na Piarsaigh 2-21 Cushendall 1-10

More magic from Kevin Downes as he points from distance out on the left.


Na Piarsaigh 2-20 Cushendall 1-10

Sean McEntee Sean McEntee of Ruairí Óg Cushendall is tackled by Kieran Breen of Na Piarsaigh. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO


Na Piarsaigh 2-20 Cushendall 1-10

To Cushendall’s credit, they certainly haven’t thrown in the towel but Na Piarsaigh have just been incredibly impressive.


Na Piarsaigh 2-20 Cushendall 1-10

Goal chance for Cushendall substitute McKeegan but Adrian Breen hits a monster point at the other end. Double scores now.


Na Piarsaigh 2-19 Cushendall 1-10

McManus responds with a free for Cushendall.


Na Piarsaigh 2-19 Cushendall 1-9

Alan Dempsey from long range. Magnificent hurling.


Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Cushendall 1-9

Goal chance after a great run by Kevin Downes but David Dempsey pulls it just wide.


Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Cushendall 1-9

Cushendall aren’t going down without a fight. McManus flicked to the net excellently after a free was dropped in towards the square by Shane McNaughton. Shane Dowling yellow-carded for a foul and McManus slots over the free.


Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Cushendall 0-8

Champagne hurling from Na Piarsaigh as Peter Casey increases their lead to 16 points.


Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Cushendall 0-8

Another from Adrian Breen. Seems like we’re just prolonging the inevitable here, even with over 23 minutes remaining.


Na Piarsaigh 2-16 Cushendall 0-8

Ronan Lynch with pinpoint accuracy with a long-range free for the Munster champions, Shane Dowling with a cracker from play from wide on the left, then David Breen with a carbon copy from the opposite wing.


Na Piarsaigh 2-13 Cushendall 0-8

Another McManus free for Cushendall.


Na Piarsaigh 2-13 Cushendall 0-7

Neil McManus points an early free for Cushendall but Adrian Breen hits right back with a beauty for Na Piarsaigh.


Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Cushendall 0-6

The second-half has begun at Croke Park.

Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Cushendall 0-6

Tough first half for the men from Ulster. Is there any way back?

David Dempsey and Paddy McGill Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO


Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Cushendall 0-6

Lovely point from Peter Casey, then Downes chips in as well. Na Piarsaigh have played some delightful hurling in this first-half.


Na Piarsaigh 2-10 Cushendall 0-6

Dowling puts a tricky free wide for Na Piarsaigh. Two minutes of added time to be played.


Na Piarsaigh 2-10 Cushendall 0-5

Kevin Downes gets in for Na Piarsaigh’s second goal but Cushendall hit back with a couple of quickfire points.


Na Piarsaigh 1-10 Cushendall 0-3

Alan Dempsey with another for Na Piarsaigh. Cushendall can’t seem to stem the tide.


Na Piarsaigh 1-9 Cushendall 0-3

Another free for Dowling stretches the gap to nine for the men from Limerick.


Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Cushendall 0-3

Goal chance for Cushendall’s Sean McAfee goes narrowly wide.


Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Cushendall 0-3

Chance for a point from close range for Kevin Downes but he uncharacteristically puts it wide.


Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Cushendall 0-3

Alan Dempsey gets in on the act with a lovely score from wide on the left, David Breen adds another from just outside the ’45 and Na Piarsaigh are beginning to pull away.


Na Piarsaigh 1-6 Cushendall 0-3

Another Dowling free is followed by a point from Peter Casey who intercepted a puck-out.


Na Piarsaigh 1-4 Cushendall 0-3

Neil McManus with a chance to reduce the gap to three for Cushendall but his ’65 misses the target.


Na Piarsaigh 1-4 Cushendall 0-3

Outstanding point from Shane McNaughton comes at a good time for Cushendall


Na Piarsaigh 1-4 Cushendall 0-2

Another free from Dowling and a yellow card for Cushendall’s Eoghan Campbell. David Breen almost hit a second goal for Na Piarsaigh but his shot went narrowly wide.


Na Piarsaigh 1-2 Cushendall 0-2

Adrian Breen was a late replacement for Kevin Ryan on the Na Piarsaigh and what an impact he’s made already. A point for Breen, followed by one from Shane Dowling.


Na Piarsaigh 1-0 Cushendall 0-2

Great start for Na Piarsaigh with a goal for Adrian Breen inside the opening minute but Cushendall strike back with points from Alec Delargy and Neil McManus (free).

Support for Na Piarsaigh from a couple of Leinster rugby players…

Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork) is the referee and the action will be underway at the top of the hour.

No changes either for Cushendall, who defeated Sarsfields in their semi-final:

1. Eoin Gillan

2. Ryan McCambridge
3. Martin Burke
4. Aaron Graffin (captain)

5. David Kearney
6. Eoghan Campbell
7. Sean Delargy

8. Shane McNaughton
9. Alec Delargy

10. Conor Carson
11. Neil McManus
12. Sean McAfee

13. Paddy McGill
14. Donal McNaughton
15. Christy McNaughton

The Na Piarsaigh team that’s been named to start is unchanged from their semi-final win over Oulart-The-Ballagh:

1. Padge Kennedy

2. Mike Casey
3. Kieran Breen
4. Kieran Kenneedy

5. Mike Foley
6. Ronan Lynch
7. Cathal King (captain)

8. Alan Dempsey
9. Will O’Donoghue

10. Shane Dowling
11. David Breen
12. Kevin Ryan

13. Kevin Downes
14. David Dempsey
15. Peter Casey

Good afternoon, happy St Patrick’s Day and welcome along to our liveblog of the All-Ireland club senior hurling final between Ruairí Óg Cushendall and Na Piarsaigh. Will the cup be heading north to Antrim or south to Limerick? Stick with us to find out. Throw-in at Croke Park is at 2.00pm.

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