It was a the clash of the SHC semi finalists Na Piarsiagh and IHC semi finalists Old Christians in 1999 version of the City Senior Hurling Final and it was the latter that pulled off a shock win at St Patrick’s Field.
Old Christians came out victorious on a 3-12 to 1-12 scoreline in what was a historic night for the southside city club.
Cyril Maher set them on their way with a goal after seven minutes, while Johnny Power also raised a green flag that helped them to a 2-7 to 0-6 half time lead.
Na Piarsaigh came back into the contest in the second half through the free taking of Enda Kiely, but Old Christians maintained their lead throughout thanks to the free taking prowess of Pat Howard.
Maurice Boddy netted Old Christians’ third goal late on that confirmed the six point victory.
Teams and scorers on the day were as follows:
Old Christians: Joe Hegarty (captain); Aidan Maher, Declan Maher, Tom Phayer; Jonathan Hanrahan, Brian Driver, Phil Madden; Colin Gorey, Maurice Boddy; Pat Howard, Ger Hegarty, Kieran Keogh; Johnny Power, Darragh Jones, Cyril Maher.
Scorers: Pat Howard 0-6, Maurice Boddy 1-1, Cyril Maher and Johnny Power 1-0, Darragh Jones and Ger Hegarty 0-2 each, Kieran Keogh 0-1.
Na Piarsaigh: John Fitzgerald; Liam Kiely, Tom Millea, Pat Conlan; Diarmuid Madigan, Shane O’Neill, Donal Hickey; Kieran Bermingham, Garreth McKeown; David Hennessy, Cathal Minihine, Enda Kiely; John Cormack, Pat Power, Brian Hartnett.
Scorers: Enda Kiely 1-9, David Hennessey 0-2, John Cormack 0-1.
Referee: Mike Mann (Ballybrown)
Watch the full video of the game courtesy of RLO Tv with John Ryan on commentary below.