The biggest prize in club hurling is up for grabs today, The Tommy Moore Cup, as Dublin and Leinster kingpins Cuala take on Na Piarsaigh of Limerick, in the replay of the All-Ireland Club Hurling Final.
There was nothing to separate either side in their St Patrick’s Day encounter last weekend at Croke Park, with a last gasp David Treacy free rescuing the game for reigning champions Cuala in extra time. The point was heartache for the Limerick men, who must have felt like they’d edged it as extra time approached. Both sides have now had another week to prepare battle tactics, and they will be eager to get stuck in come throw-in.
Cuala are aiming to become just the fourth club ever to retain an All-Ireland title. Star man Con O’Callaghan was well marshalled by Mike Casey in last weeks fixture, and the reigning champions will be looking to free up their talisman if they are to come away victorious. The free taking skills of David Treacy will be vital again today, another 100% success rate would go a long way in seeing the trophy heading to South Dublin.
Na Piarsaigh are a club who are always there or there abouts, and will aim to start with all guns blazing, given their sluggish beginning to their last two games. They will have the returning Conor Boylan and Tommy Grimes to choose from today. Both players are back from suspension, and will give them more options from the bench.
The game throws-in at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 5.30pm.