FORMER TIPPERARY CAPTAIN, DUBLIN SELECTOR
What match-ups will prove
most decisive? Marking Aaron Gillane is so important for Galway because he gets on a huge amount of goal chances. He’s young though, so will he continue to perform at that level? Cian Lynch in the middle of the field also needs minding but I’ll be watching for the expected match-up of Gearóid McInerney and Kyle Hayes – that’ll be a huge physical battle with a huge bearing on the game. Galway experience should matter but Limerick came back against Kilkenny and Cork so the All-Ireland final should be no problem, right? You never really know how people react to the biggest day of all. Obviously this is Limerick’s first time but there is something different about them and that’s got to do with the number of games they’ve played – seven championship matches. And don’t underestimate the fact they responded to quickly to beat Kilkenny after Richie Hogan got the goal. That gives a team a massive psychological boost. And then to beat Cork how they did. I don’t see a flop. They are so cool.
Winners? I would go with Limerick. Galway looked a little jaded and Joe Canning, while magnificent in the semi-final, was carrying an injury.