When? Sunday April 2, 1995
What? Interprovincial Hurling final
Wh0? Munster 0-13 Ulster 1-9
Where? Croke Park
Whistler? Pat Horan, Offaly
SO near yet so far probably best sums up this Ulster attempt to win what would have been their first and only Interprovincial Hurling title.
The one-point margin of defeat at the finish shows that the title was within their grasp. Never before had the northerners come so close to clinching the Interprovincial crown and they haven’t managed to emulate those efforts either in the years since.
But for long periods of this match, it looked as if everything was going according to the usual script. Munster led by 0-11 to 0-4 at half-time and appeared to be well in control as well entering the final quarter.
Then Ulster sprang to life with a late rally that almost brought them across the finish line to a historic victory. A goal from Terence McNaughton after 47 minutes brought them right back into contention and only three points behind. Then Oliver Collins added a point to further boost their confidence.
With the tension mounting, James O’Connor, restored the three point lead for the eventual winners.
Nevertheless, Ulster continued to battle hard and Gary Savage and Terence McNaughton both fired over to leave the minimum between the teams.
Unfortunately, though, a late free from Gary Savage for the equaliser went just wide and Munster held out for the win and yet another title.
It was disappointing that the loss followed on what could so easily have turned out to be a day to remember for Ulster hurling.
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