A poor attendance at last night’s inter provincial hurling final at Semple Stadium of 592 seen a late Aaron Shanagher goal seal victory for Anthony Daly’s Munster against Leinster 2-20 – 2-16.
The young Clare star was introduced as a sub ten minutes from time and he bagged a 59th minute goal to clinch a 46th competition win for the province.
Leinster, champions in 2014, were five points ahead on three occasions in the second half but Munster reeled them in to clinch a first crown since 2013.
Having drawn level at 1-14 apiece, when Clare’s David Reidy netted midway through the second half, Munster were rocked by the concession of a goal from Leinster’s next attack, Wexford’s Lee Chin on target as the sides traded goals within a minute.
But there was life left in Munster as they emptied the bench and Cork’s Alan Cadogan made a big impact in the second half notching three crucial points from play as Limerick’s Barry Nash chipped in with a brace.
Munster hit 1-5 without reply in the closing minutes to run out deserved winners.
Late on in the game it was deadlock, Waterford’s Stephen Bennett landed the lead score from five minutes from time before Shanagher’s goal sealed it.
Leinster were 1-11 to 0-10 clear at half-time, having fallen four points down in the early exchanges.
Reid was Leinster’s leading light in the opening half, hitting 1-2 of his 1-4 from play, as Kilkenny team-mate Walter Walsh and Laois man Charles Dwyer picked off two points each.
Two early points from Tipp star Seamus Callanan saw Munster surge into a 0-4 to 0-0 advantage within seven minutes but Leinster, with Reid prominent, worked their way back into contention and were level at 0-6 apiece midway through the half.
A pair of Dan McCormack points gave Munster some breathing space again but a run of 1-3 without reply from Leinster, playing without suspended Colin Fennelly and concussed Ryan O’Dwyer, put them in the ascendancy.
Reid’s goal arrived five minutes before half-time as he cut in from the left touchline before firing in a shot that squirted beneath Darren Gleeson and into the Killinan End net.
Reid added a free and Leinster were four points clear – 1-10 to 0-9 – before Callanan (free) and Dwyer traded points before the break.
Leinster opened the second half impressively but after being reeled in by Reidy’s 45th minute goal, Chin replied for Leinster.
It was a Munster bench that made big contributions for Munster which seen the Southern province claim a four point win.
Scorers for Munster: Seamus Callanan 0-7 (4f, 1 65), David Reidy 1-2, Aaron Shanagher 1-0, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Dan McCormack & Barry Nash 0-2 each, Diarmaid Byrnes, Jamie Barron, Michael Breen & Stephen Bennett 0-1 each.
Scorers for Leinster: TJ Reid 1-6 (0-4f), Lee Chin 1-1, Walter Walsh 0-4, Cha Dwyer & Gerry Keegan 0-2 each, Shane Dooley 0-1