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Na Piarsaigh set for Munster Championship Showdown

Nap-2013
Na Piarsaigh will look to replicate their 2013 Munster Championship success. Picture: GAA.ie

Na Piarsaigh bid to continue their remarkable Munster SHC record when they face off with Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday.

The Caherdavin side will be full of confidence after their impressive come-from-behind victory over Sixmilebridge of Clare three weeks ago.

Goals from Adrian Breen, Peter Casey and Kevin Downes helped the city club progress in what was a repeat of the 2013 Munster final – a game where Na Piarsaigh were also victorious.

In fact, Na Piarsaigh are unbeaten in the Munster Championship having won the competition in their previous two ventures in 2011 and 2013. They entered this year’s competition on the back of their third Limerick SHC championship after defeating Patrickswell in the county final in the Gaelic Grounds. The Ennis Road ground will once again be the venue on Sunday.

While Na Piarsaigh has a formidable attack, the Thurles front six is nothing to be sniffed at as it includes Lar Corbett as well as Pa Bourke, Denis Maher and Aidan McCormack.

The Tipperary champions are 10/11 favourites with the bookies, while Na Piarsaigh are available at 11/10 – a rare underdog tag for the northside club.

The city club aren’t the only Limerick club in action in the provincial championship at the weekend. On Saturday, Dromcollogher-Broadford face Dungourney of Cork in the JHC. The game is in Dromcollogher and it throws in at 2.30pm.

It will cap off a hectic day for Drom manager John Brudair. Brudair also coaches the Milford Camogie side, who play Clare’s Newmarket-on-Fergus in the Munster Camogie final at 1pm in Kilmallock.

The north Cork club were All-Ireland champions in both 2013 and 2014.

Also in action at the weekend are Oola, who are in Munster IFC action where they take on Carrigaline of Cork. This game is at 2pm on Sunday in Kilmallock. The east Limerick side feature five of the team who won the MFC ‘A’ title last weekend, when they beat Galbally 3-5 to 1-3.

Locally, the JFC ‘B’ final also takes place this weekend. Croom is the venue as Crecora play Fedamore at 2pm on Sunday. Both sides came through dramatic semi-finals and it promises to be an exciting final.

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