Padraig Maher inspires Thurles Sarsfields to battling victory

Thurles Sarsfields passed a searching test of their Munster Club senior hurling championship credentials at Kilmallock on Sunday where they emerged three points winners over the Limerick title-holders in a tense, spell-binding, encounter, winning 2-12 to 0-15

Thurles Sarsfields passed a searching test of their Munster Club senior hurling championship credentials at Kilmallock on Sunday where they emerged three points winners over the Limerick title-holders in a tense, spell-binding, encounter, winning 2-12 to 0-15

Kilmallock’s compact arena was no place for the faint-hearted on Sunday. A very physical approach by the home side in the first half, driven on by their large following, asked huge questions of the Tipperary champions, but The Blues contingent had the answers, and while their supporters were relieved to hear the final whistle, there was no denying that Sarsfields were the better side.

Sarsfields composure in such a tense atmosphere, and the quality of their defending all through, with Padraig Maher outstanding, were crucial, as they twice forged five point leads only to have them cut to the minimum by the home side. However, Sarsfields got two goals, one in each half, and it was these which ultimately proved the difference between the sides.