FORMER GALWAY HURLER
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.