An epic encounter in Thurles saw Limerick emerge as three point winners after extra time in the Munster decider.
With time firmly running out in yesterday’s Munster hurling final between Limerick and Clare, the Treaty men had just been pulled ahead by Declan Hannon with a monstrous score from inside his half.
Clare’s effort of an equalizer saw them with a sideline between the 21′ and 13′. Clare’s hopes rested in the hands of Tony Kelly and once more, the Ballyea man delivered to send the game to extra time.
In the additional time, Limerick powered to victory and reflecting on an absorbing encounter, Graeme Mulcahy highlighted the work of the squad on the training field as the difference in the end.
“One of the best Munster finals in recent years. When the ball went over the sideline in the last minute we probably thought we had it but Tony Kelly stuck it.
“But in extra time we knew we had the work done on the training ground so we pushed through and were happy then.”
It was a sixth Munster final for Mulcahy and fifth medal overall as the Kilmallock man added to his burgeoning medal collection.
Having been a key cog in the 2013 side that ended a 17-year wait for provincial honours, he says the Academy and buy-in from clubs has been crucial in ensuring continued success for the county as they secured a first four in a row since the 1930s.
“2013 was a massive one for us to bridge the gap but the four in a row I suppose goes back to the grassroots, to the underage structure they have put in over the last few years. All the clubs are working together in unison and it’s great to see and that’s where a lot of the success is born.”
Watch the full interview with Mulcahy below.