Patrickswell end 13-year wait for Limerick hurling title with a 19-point final win

Goalkeeper Brian Murray celebrates Patrickswell’s Limerick senior hurling final win.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

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Ballybrown 1-7

THEY ARE ONE of the aristocrats of Limerick club hurling but Patrickswell have had to endure a barren spell in recent years.

Since winning the county final in 2003 they endured frustration in trying to claim silverware, not least when losing out by a point in the 2015 decider to the eventual All-Ireland champions Na Piarsaigh.

But the ‘Well are back on top of Limerick hurling after demolishing Ballybrown by 19-points to take the honours in today’s decider at the Gaelic Grounds.

Captain Thomas O’Brien lifts the trophy

The Gary Kirby-managed side unleashed a terrific display to capture the title with ten different players contributing on the scoreboard.

Aaron Gillane top scored with 0-7 with Limerick seniors Diarmuid Byrnes (0-6) and Cian Lynch (0-3) also doing their bit. Full-forward Kevin O’Brien notched their only goal while veteran Barry Foley also chipped in with a point.

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From the off Patrickswell were in control with O’Brien’s goal in the 13th minute helping them go in front 1-6 to 0-2 after the opening quarter and they possessed a 1-10 to 0-5 advantage at the break.

There was no respite in the second-half as Patrickswell accelerated further clear to be ahead 1-19 to 0-6 entering the final quarter.

Kevin O’Brien hit the net for Patrickswell

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A goal from Stephen Foster was a late consolation for Ballybrown, who also had a 0-4 return from forward Alan O’Connor.

But there was no stopping Patrickswell who advance to a Munster club semi-final tie against Glen Rovers.

Scorers from Patrickswell: A Gillane 0-7 (0-5f), D Byrnes 0-6 (0-5f), C Lynch 0-3, S O’Brien, J Kelleher, L Considine, T O’Brien 0-2 each, M Carmody, B Foley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballybrown: A O’Connor 0-4 (0-3f), S Foster 1-1, K Loftus, L Doolan 0-1 each.

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