FOR­MER GAL­WAY HURLER

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL PREVIEW - David Collins

What match-ups will prove

most de­ci­sive? Gal­way need to keep Aaron Gil­lane quiet at cor­ner for­ward. I would put Adrian Tuo­hey on him, just for be­ing so sticky. Gil­lane is a real threat when the ball comes in high but he is los­ing the hurl too of­ten.

If he gets round Tuo­hey, Daithí Burke will be wait­ing for him. That’s go­ing to be key. Shane Dowling and Pat Ryan com­ing on need fresh Gal­way legs to mark them. I’d put Ai­dan Harte on top of Dowling or Pádraig Mannion, but Pádraig is bet­ter when he has time to spray the ball as we have seen all year. Gal­way ex­pe­ri­ence should mat­ter but Lim­er­ick came back against Kilkenny and Cork so the All-Ire­land fi­nal should be not prob­lem, right? Gal­way have been shell-shock­ing teams, then switch­ing off in the last few min­utes of the first and sec­ond-half. Lim­er­ick will look at that and say ‘If we can hold them for 15, 20 min­utes, we are in with a real shout.’ Gal­way need to keep their fin­ger on the pulse if they get nine, 10 points clear.

Win­ners? Gal­way. Micheál Donoghue needs to find a way to keep them go­ing for that bit longer but if Lim­er­ick take their chances Gal­way will be in trou­ble.

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