FORMER DUBLIN HURLER
What match-ups will prove
most decisive? I’d love to see what Galway will do with Gearóid Hegarty. He’s brilliant in the air but will Aidan Harte stay on that side? David Burke on Cian Lynch, both of them want to hurl but will they cancel each other out? Séamus Flanagan on Daithí Burke? I’d have to say Burke after that phenomenal catch in the replay against Clare that no one else could have caught. Will Declan Hannon, who likes to sit, follow Joe Canning, who likes to move out the field? Jesus, there are so many match-ups! Galway experience should matter but Limerick came back against Kilkenny and Cork so the All-Ireland final should be no problem, right? I don’t think Galway have come out of third gear this year yet they have been winning. They have not hit the same intensity over a whole match as they did in 2017. I don’t know if they can. Limerick can match them physically and they are well able to score. Mentally, Limerick have looked very strong this year. A lot of adversity has been thrown at them – conceding the goal against Kilkenny, going down six points with nine minutes left against Cork – so an All-Ireland won’t affect them. Winners? I’m not saying Limerick will beat Galway but the undoing of them will be off-field distractions. Blank out all that and we get a cracking final. My heart says Limerick as it’s 45 years since they won. My mother is from Limerick so I’ve a long history down there, but my wife is from Galway so I can’t win either way. The head says Galway by a point.