O'Keeffe wary of Na Piarsaigh

November 07, 2023

Ballygunner's Stephen O'Keeffe ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Stephen O’Keeffe admits that Na Piarsaigh pose a massive threat to Ballygunner’s Munster Club SHC three-in-a-row hopes.

The Limerick kingpins defeated Ballygunner in the 2017 Munster final before the 10-in-a-row Waterford champions gained revenge in the 2018 provincial decider and last year’s semi-final.

"It’s a massive game. We all know how good they are,” the former county goalkeeper told RTÉ after Ballygunner’s quarter-final demolition of Sarsfields.

"We have to go up to the Gaelic Grounds as well. We were there last year and had a massive battle. But these are the games you train for. It’s exciting even though we know how hard a challenge it’s going to be."

O’Keeffe reckons the ‘Gunners were flattered by their 17-point victory over the Cork champions.

"The downpour in the second half had a big impact and probably negated the strong wind advantage Sars would have had. It made conditions very bad and both sides had to slog it out a bit.

"We had the advantage of the wind to its full effect in the first half. It was probably a six or seven-point wind," he added.

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