In a game of six goals the first one was the most significant. David Dempsey’s superb strike put Na Piarsaigh on the road to victory - coming just before half-time, it was the boost his side needed and deflated Doon.
The goals in the fourth quarter. Peter Casey hit two in a minute before Adrian Breen scored Na Piarsaigh’s fifth. It was a stunning flourish in a game the city side dominated.
A winning margin of 27 points makes the choice harder if anything. David Dempsey got two goals, the first of which - see above - was crucial. Will Henn’s accuracy from frees was vital to Na Piarsaigh’s dominance. But Ronan Lynch hit four points from long range and also tied up Pat Ryan, Doon’s danger man, so he gets the vote.
Is there a chance Shane Dowling will come back? Na Piarsaigh boss Kieran Bermingham referred to his clubmate, who was forced to retire on medical grounds earlier this year: “It was devastating for everybody, not just Na Piarsaigh but Limerick as well, to hear the news that Shane had to call it a day. Shane is a unique character, a great guy to have around the group, and he’ll always be there or thereabouts - I wouldn’t be ruling him out yet.”
Johnny Murphy of Ballylanders handled the game well, including a good spot when a player dropped his hurley to lay off a handpass.
Nothing unless the GAA can facilitate some form of Munster club championship early in the new year.