PATRICKSWELL are the 2019 Bon Secours Limerick Senior Hurling champions after defeating Na Piarsaigh on a scoreline of 1-17 to 0-15 at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
In what was a repeat of the 2015 decider, Na Piarsaigh were looking to complete their first three in a row while Patrickswell were looking to win their first title since 2016.
It was the latter who came straight out of the blocks, as captain and 2018 Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch got the first score of the game with a point following a trademark solo run in the first minute, only to be cancelled out by a David Dempsey effort moments later for the Caherdavin outfit.
In what was a bruising opening quarter with hard hits coming in from both sides, the nerves that come with playing in a final became evident as both sides hit several uncharacteristic widesas they tried to come to terms with the heavy surface.
The crowd in attendance were, however, treated to some magnificent individual pieces of skill from Lynch as well as some impressive movement and vision from his Limerick teammate Peter Casey of Na Piarsaigh.
Patrickswell’s hopes received a boost with a goal on 14 minutes, as Jack Kelleher sent Josh Considine through with a handpassand the midfielder went on a surging run before slipping and getting back to his feet to rattle the back of the net.
After a Will Henn free on 18 minutes, Na Piarsaigh went 13 minutes without a score, as points from Andrew Caroll and Jack Kelleher as well as an Aaron Gillane free extended Patrickswell’s lead to seven points.
An inspirational Ronan Lynch score from centre back on the stroke of half-time gave Na Piarsaigh something to build on as the teams went in at the break with the scoreboard reading 1-09 to 0-06 in favour of the ‘Well.’
The Ennis Road men seemed to carry that momentum into the second half as they struck six unanswered points, with Henn, Casey, Adrian Breen and Alan Dempsey all contributing.
Patrickswell manager Ciarán Carey will not have been happy with his sides’ wide count in the second half, with All Star nominee Gillane having a rare off day in front of the goal from play.
They were eventually inspired by a long range centre-back point of their own when Diarmaid Byrnes struck from distance in the 49th minute to get Patrickswell off the mark in the second half to retake the lead.
Gillane and Casey exchanged points before a slick Lynch pick up helped set up Josh Considine who raised another white flag to send the Patrickswell faithful into raptures.
Man of the match Lynch contributed a further two points, along with two Gillane frees, as two Na Piarsaigh points proved to be nothing more than consolation, meaning Patrickswell regained the John Daly Cup with five points to spare.
In his post-game interview, Patrickswell manager Ciarán Carey said that this team had grown, both in age and maturity since losing the same fixture in 2015.
Carey also highlighted the importance of his nephew Lynch, saying that he “set the tone in the first minute”
In his captain’s speech, an emotional Lynch returned the favor to his uncle, who he said was a father figure to this Patrickswellteam, before dedicating the cup to the manager.
1.Pádraic Kennedy 2.Niall Buckley 3.Mike Casey 4.Kieran Kennedy 5.Mike Foley 6.Ronan Lynch 7.Thomas Grimes 8.Conor Houlihan 9.Will O’Donoghue (Capt) 10. Conor Boylan 11.Kevin Downes 12. David Dempsey 13.Adrian Breen 14.Will Henn 15.Peter Casey
1.Brian Murray 2.Seanie O’Brien 3. Nigel Foley 4.Tom Nolan 5.Mark Carmody 6.Diarmaid Byrnes 7.Paudie Maher 8.Josh Considine 9.Cian Lynch (Capt) 10.Jack Kelleher 11.Kevin O’Brien 12. Andrew Carroll 13.Aaron Gillane 14.Jason Gillane15.Tom O’Brien