Ballygunner (@1.25) vs De La Salle (@4.5)
13-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballygunner will win

Ballygunner – De La Salle Match Prediction | 13-10-2019 10:00

Players such as Shane O'Sullivan & Wayne Hutchinson, were to cement their places on the senior squad. In the years that followed their Munster triumph, players such as Stephen Frampton & Mick Mahoney had retired from senior hurling & all that was left of the original under 21 team was Billy O'Sullivan. However a new batch of young players, fresh off a minor county title, came into the fray.

IMOKILLY: D Dalton (Fr ONeills); B Tuama (Castlemartyr), C Barry (Castlelyons), K Histon (Cobh); C OBrien (St Itas), N OLeary (Castlelyons), J Cronin (Lisgoold) (0-1); M OKeeffe (Fr ONeills) (0-2), G Millerick (Fr ONeills) (0-1); B Lawton (Castlemartyr) (0-2, one s/c), S Harnedy (St Itas) (1-1), W Leahy (Aghada) (0-4, four frees); P OSullivan (Cloyne) (0-2), I Cahill (Cloyne), C Fleming (Aghada) (1-0).

Despite having a relatively young side Ballygunner are by far the most experienced team left in the competition, with the other side of the draw pairing Crusheen of Clare, who only made their Munster club debutlast year with Cork side Carraigtwohill, who like Na Piarsaigh are making their debut at this level, the Waterford Champions will have real aspirations of a Munster crown.

JJ Hutchinsons early goal put the visitors in control early on, however it was Pauric Mahony who was the star of the show that day, with the teenage star grabbing 9 points, to led his side to victory. Ballygunner come in the semi final, their 12th county final in the back pocket, on the back of a fine win over Tipperary champions Drom-Inch, the 2-15 to 1-13 scoreline made all the more impressive as it was achieved in the surrounding of Semple Stadium.

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Personnel training schedules were given to each player and almost weekly physical sessions were administered. After the gloom of the 2000 defeat, an AGM was held in the clubhouse in Ballygunner. This new found professionalism led to their first piece of silverware of the year in winning the County League. The next honour for the Gunners was the Sergent Cup. At it, it was decided to elect Gordan Ryan as the new manager and the recently retired inter-county hurler Billy O'Sullivan as team captain. Ryan brought a brand new method of training to Ballygunner. Both of these competitions were high profiled throughout the county of Waterford & a buzz began to creep around the parish & the county.

DLS is 2-2 in state final games and they're the defending champions. The Pilots hold a 11-2 record with their best win being a slight upset win over Oak Park in the Districts. The #11 ranked, De La Salle Pilots had a late season collapse in a week 8 loss to Catholic Central, but came back and beat them for the CHSL-Central title in week 9 at Ford Field.

Cian Flemings strike in the 20th minute helped them to lead by 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time, then captain Samus Harnedy netted immediately after the restart. In a game which never really came to life, a greater spread of scorers stood the East Cork division without a title since 1998 in good stead as well as the ability to find the net.

The Munster Senior title was first won in 2001 with a victory over Cork side Blackrock (2-14 to 0-12). The club enjoys an intense rivalry with city club Mount Sion and for many years through the 1990s and 2000s, the two clubs dominated the county scene in Waterford meeting each other in the county final most years. Since 1992, Ballygunner have won many county titles. Ballygunner GAA (nicknamed "The Gunners") is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club located in the parish of St Mary's Ballygunner in Waterford City, Ireland. The club is exclusively concerned with hurling. The club is one of the most successful in Waterford with a number of county titles and have produced many great players for Waterford such as Paul Flynn, Fergal Hartley, Billy O Sullivan, Pauric Mahoney to name but a few.

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