Mungret St. Pauls opened their SHC campaign with a win over Kildimo-Pallaskenry.
After 30 years away from the pinnacle of Limerick club hurling, Mungret St. Pauls finally made their return to the senior ranks and did so in style with a 1-16 to 1-13 win over Kildimo Pallaskenry last Friday.
The sides have won the previous two Premier Intermediate Hurling Championships, with KP beating Mungret in 2020. However, Mungret got the better of them this time around, which was their fifth encounter since 2018.
Ahead of the game, Mungret were dealt with a number of losses, with players injured as well as some players travelling.
Manager Liam Cronin acknowledged this in his post-match interview and was full of praise for the young players that filled their place.
“Delighted for the younger guys you know, Cillian Archer at U19 came on late on, Conor O’Halloran the same, Barry Duff is only 19 years of age in the middle of the field and Jack McCarthy as well for a finish like.”
“That just points to that the future is very bright for the club there’s a lot of good talent coming through and were able to just about cover the losses that we had.”
Mungret will look to build on their winning start as they take on Ballybrown next, who are the favourites to win group two and Cronin believes they will have a tough battle on their hands.
“Most people being honest when you look at the six teams in the group they’ll probably say that in terms of ranking that Ballybrown will be number one. We’ll be under no illusion how tough [of] a battle that’s going to be.”
Mungret St. Pauls take on Ballybrown on Saturday at 7pm in Childers road in the second round of the Senior Hurling Championship.