Casey goals help main­tain Na Piar­saigh’s record

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

Na Piar­saigh strolled to a land­slide 18-point win in the Mun­ster club hurl­ing semi-fi­nal at the Gaelic Grounds yes­ter­day to main­tain a 12 from 12 win­ning se­quence in the provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

Tip­per­ary’s Clonoulty /Ross­more must still be won­der­ing what hit them as Na Piar­saigh swept into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead in­side 10 min­utes. A cou­ple of points by Paudie White and frees by Timmy Ham­mer­s­ley had the Tip­per­ary cham­pi­ons in touch but points by Adrian Breen, Ro­nan Lynch and Shane Dowl­ing pushed Na Piar­saigh into a 0-10 to 0-3 and there was an ex­change of points be­fore the reign­ing provin­cial cham­pi­ons put the game to bed in the 10 min­utes be­fore half-time, by which stage they led 2-13 to 0-5.

Na Piar­saigh’s first goal was a stun­ner by Kevin Downes af­ter 24 min­utes and just on the whis­tle Pe­ter Casey had a spec­tac­u­lar strike af­ter Downes gave him a hand­pass as he slipped.

Lim­er­ick star Casey got his sec­ond and Na Piar­saigh’s third goal three min­utes into the sec­ond half but in fair­ness to the Tip­per­ary cham­pi­ons – they won their first county ti­tle for 21 years a week ago – they hit four points in a row but even at that stage it made no dif­fer­ence.

De­clan O’Dwyer in the Clonouty/Ross­more goal made two su­perb saves but those in front of him were given a roast­ing by the Na Piar­saigh for­wards, while Adrian Breen hit six points from play for the run­away win­ners who had nine play­ers on the score­sheet.

Pe­ter Casey scored his sec­ond goal and Na Piar­saigh’s third at he Gaelic Grounds

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