Sunday, January 09, 2022

Ballygunner 3-20

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Kilmallock 1-12

Ballygunner have created history in Pairc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon as they became the first Waterford club to win a third Munster Club SHC title.

Going into today’s final with Limerick champions Kilmallock they had two Munster titles to their name, the same as Mount Sion and De La Salle but a breathtaking performance in this their 12th Munster Final has seen them top the pile of Waterford Munster champions.

The Ballygunner panel that created history on Leeside today (Sunday) by becoming the first Waterford club to win a third Munster Club senior hurling title. Photos: Inpho.

Kilmallock opened brightly with the opening two points of the game but once Dessie Hutchinson bagged the game’s opening goal in the ninth minute to give the Gunners a 1-3 to 0-2 lead then the Waterford champions were on their way and they never looked back.

By the first water break they led by 1-6 to 0-3 and by half-time that lead was extended to nine points (1-11 to 0-5).

Whatever hopes Kilmallock harboured of a comeback were dashed early in the second period by two Ballygunner goals in less than two minutes from Kevin O’Mahony and Billy O’Keeffe. This put the men in red and black into a 3-14 to 0-6 lead and the die was cast.

Ballygunner were brilliant on the day and they never let up. It was 3-16 to 0-10 at the three quarter stage and an injury time goal by the Limerick champions only put a slightly more respectable look on the scoreboard as this was Ballygunner’s day. The final score saw them win by a whopping 14 points to claim a first Munster crown since 2018, where they also beat the Limerick champions (Na Piarsaigh) in the final.

Man of the Match on the day was the outstanding Pauric Mahony with seven points but this was a complete display by the 20 time Waterford champions who now march on to face Ulster champions Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland semi-final. The Gunners will go into that game as the hottest of favourites in two weeks time in Parnell Park and I’ve no doubt they won’t be taking their eye off the ball as they continue the search to become the first ever Waterford team to win the All-Ireland club title.

Kilkenny champions Ballyhale Shamrocks and St. Thomas’ of Galway will meet in the other semi-final.

But today is all about a third Munster title and an incredible performance by brilliant Ballygunner.

Full report, reaction and analysis in Tuesday’s Waterford News & Star.

Ballygunner’s Philip Mahony and Barry Coughlan lift the trophy after their AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Final win over Kilmallock in Pairc Uí Chaoimh,

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