Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Ulster's hurlers praised by Munster boss

It’s not often that Ulster hurling gets a shot in the arm from outside the province.

But Munster hurling manager Len Gaynor has admitted that his side were very fortunate to get through to the inter-provincial final after they were pushed all the way by a determined Ulster side on Sunday.

In the end, five points separated the sides and O’Sullivan has paid a warm tribute to Ulster’s pluck and commitment.

"Ulster played very well but we got vital scores to see us over line," said Munster coach Len Gaynor.

"The first goal was lucky but the second was a superb score by Seamus Callanan.

They were hard blows for Ulster to have to take but they still played very well in the second-half."

Ulster’s show of defiance against a strong Munster side certainly pleased joint managers Dominic McKinley and Terence McNaughton both of whom hailed their team’s efforts.

In the past, the Ulster side would have consisted primarily of Antrim players but this time round an infusion of Derry and Down players certainly helped the cause.

Paul Braniff did Down proud in his role as captain and his eight-point haul testified to his marksmanship while Liam and Kevin Hinphey did their family - and Derry- proud.

Ulster’s display is a shot in the arm for the sport here and will certainly encourage those who are currently engaged in propagating the sport at all levels within the province, particularly at under-age.

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