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THIS WAS CERTAINLY MUN TO REMEMBER!

Wolfe Tones 4-9

Ballygunner 4-8

It will rightly go down in history as one of the best ever finals in the history of the Munster Club hurling championship.

The clear champions Wolfe Tones captured the title for the first time with a one point win over favourites Ballygunner of Waterford at Semple in Thurles yesterday. This game had everything, including excellent scores, magnificent defending and tremendous commitment.

Wolfe Tones were 12 points up moments into the second half, but Paul Flynn inspired Ballygunner to hit back with three goals in the next 12 minutes to leave just four points between the sides with 15 minutes to go.

The winners went five points up again, but back came Ballygunner, and when substitute Gordon Ryan had their fourth goal with just over a minute and a half remaining, the issue was really in the melting pot.

Ballygunner threw everything at Wolfe Tones in the next two minutes but the outstanding Brian Lohan and his teammates held on for victory in their first ever year in this competition. Lohan proved a real inspiration to his side. He was ably assisted by his younger brother Frank and Sean Power while in the forward line Paul O'Rourke was magnificent, contributing 2-4 to his team's total. Finbarr Carrig and Paul Lee were others to excel for the winners.

For Ballygunner, Flynn also scored 2-4 while others who impressed were Billy O'Sullivan, Paul Power, Rory O'Sullivan and Stephen Frampton.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 25, 1996
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