Despite my pleasure at Ballygunner’s roasting of Mount Sion last week, I was still hoping that Lismore would do for them today. Alas, as it has been for God-knows-how-may recent championship matches over the years between those two teams, Lismore were not up to the task, going down to the Gunners on a score of 1-14 to 2-6. The damage was done early in the second half. With only a point in in at half time (0-7 to 1-3), Lismore spurned an early chance to level and watched as Ballygunner came straight up the field to score their only goal of the game. They gradually built up a seven point lead, and while the newly crowned Hurler of the Year notched up 1-1 in 90 seconds to trim the lead to three late on, Ballygunner held their nerve to book another – another! – county final appearance.
Please, Ballyduff Upper, put us all out of this fourteen year misery.