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Rd4 Senior Hurling Championship (Evening Echo 11/9/17)

 Dayne Lee and Padraig Guest, Na Piarsaigh, celebrate their win against Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Dayne Lee and Padraig Guest, Na Piarsaigh, celebrate their win against Glen Rovers.

Na Piarsaigh stun rivals the Glen to open up the Senior Hurling Championship race

NA Piarsaigh blew open the Senior Hurling Championship after knocking out arch-rivals Glen Rovers in dramatic fashion on Saturday night. 

A free from young gun Padraig Guest when he was hauled back deep into injury time saw the northsiders over the line, but just as important was keeper Paul O'Sullivan denying Glen attacker Mark Dooley a goal a minute earlier. Dooley had another shot that whizzed over the bar in the latter stages, before Patrick Horgan tied matters with a trademark long-range free from his own half.

A draw looked likely at that stage, but referee Nathan Wall played beyond the six minutes of additional time announced, and Piarsaigh snatched the opportunity to reach a quarter-final against Bandon, with the winners of Blackrock-Newcestown awaiting in the semi-final. 

With the Glen's three in a row dream over, a new team will be in this year's decider on October 22. Na Piarsaigh haven't been in a final since winning the county in 2004, the Rockies' last appearance was a loss to Newtown in 2003.

Saturday's derby was a gripping if low-scoring game, with Shane Forde's first-half goal crucial in a 1-12 to 0-14 victory, in front of a large crowd at floodlit Páirc Uí Rinn. The victors made all the early running, with Glen goalie Cathal Hickey denying Alan Hogan and another Forde effort.

Anthony Dennehy, Eoin Moynihan, the Buckleys, Cian and Keith, and Dayne Lee were all on fire in the opening exchanges, though the Glen did what champions do and clawed their way back into contention. Horgan came out to centre-forward and had a great tussle with Cork comrade Chris Joyce, landing two gems from play, though Joyce did force him to shoot from difficult angles after the break.

 Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, chases Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, chases Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Brian Moylan, Conor Dorris and Graham Callanan struck mighty points as the Glen chipped away at the 1-5 to 0-1 deficit, with Dorris eventually levelling. That Na Piarsaigh still found a way to win will give them great heart going into the last eight, but they won't underestimate Bandon.







 


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