1 Nicky Quaid (Effin)
6 Sat behind a heroic, ravenous full back line. No fault for bullet goals from Con or Whelan and Joe Canning although he handled ball on the ground to give Canning the opportunity.
2 Seán Finn (Bruff)
8 Whelan came good in the final flings but the corner back broke out of defence more often than the young sharp shooter was allowed swipe at goal. In particular, there was a cleanly won exchange on 20 minutes.
3 Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
9 Herculean 50 minutes, before injury, to utterly snuff out Johnny G lynn’ s influence. Despite a 20 kg, five inch advantage, the giant Bronx-based full forward was dominated under high and low ball
4 Richie English (Doon)
8 Unbelievable catch over Ni all Burke on 51 minutes seemed like the start of the Limerick coronation–until theycollectively froze–but the viciousness of this man can not be over stated.
5 Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
7 Punched the sky after a sweet score early in the second half to put Limerick five clear but shooting was otherwise poor. Covered Canning from puck out sand whenever Gal way’ s star turn attempted( rarely) to influence.
6 Declan Hannon (Adare, captain)
9 Monument al display with two first half points drilling holes in Gal way’ sresistance-see Reeling in the Years 2018 for his intercept of Pádraic Mannion’s pass, intended for Canning, before romping up field to score.
7 Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
6 Earned an early free when Jonathan G lynn bulldozed over him which showed Limerick would match Gal way’ s fa med physicality blow for blow.
8 Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
6 Neat point on 11 minutes before zip ping about the middle third for 66 unrelenting minutes.
9 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
8 Decent super hero impression after eight minutes when riding three heavy Gal way tacklers before laser in ga point. Match David Burke play for play.
10 Gearóid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)
6 Hunted and harassed in equal measure but when manager John Ki ely needed to introduce Shane Dow ling the yellow-carded wing forward made way.
11 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
8 A collection of wides included two misses as Limerick’ s st roll towards the Hogan steps turned to panic but 0-4 from play included two gem son 40 minutes that made it seem impossible Limerick could lose.
12 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
8 A year ago Gearóid McInerney walked off having devoured Austin Glees on but ina cruel twist of fate the injured centre half will be remembered by the Morris sey pick pocketing for the goal that made it 2-15 to 0-12.
13 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
6 If Limerick’ s stumble resulted in defeat or even a draw Gil lane’ s jittery free taking and consistent in accuracy would be highlighted forever but victory paints him as the ultimate deco y that consumed Daithí Burke.
14 Séamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
6 A lovely strike on the stroke of half time meant Limerick’ s dominance, rather than their 11 wides, controlled the narrative yet he was right ly pulled for Peter Casey on 63 minutes.
15 Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
8 The hero who scrambled the jammie st goal in the history of hurling before batting the insurance point on 77 minutes. That’ s more than enough to be gifted the keys to the Treaty City.
8 Richie McCarthy had a hello fa job replacing Mike Casey, but he held well, Shane Dow ling delivered, yet again, with a goal for the ages while it was Tom Con don who escaped with the sliotar when Canning’ s last free dropped short.
The manager – John Kiely
8 Besides Shane Dowling “there is no substitute for hard work” said a tear y-eyed school principal named John Ki ely on the field afterwards. The words are visible in how his young team exists.
Limerick manager John Kiely