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At the start of the season I predicted that Limerick would win Munster, Kilkenny would win Leinster and Galway would come in the backdoor and win the All-Ireland. So far, that has all come true. But, I’m going to have to go back on that prediction now, because I just can’t see anything other than Limerick winning here.
Galway did run up a massive score in their quarter-final against Tipperary last weekend. But, had Cathal Barrett not got sent off, I just feel Tipp would have beaten The Tribesmen. Galway are going to have to improve massively, and steady up in defence, if they are going to have any chance of beating John Kiely’s men.
This Limerick machine looks unstoppable though, and they’ve been boosted by the news that Darragh O’Donovan is available for Sunday’s semi-final. There are also rumours that Richie English is ready to start for them at the weekend too.
This is still a mouthwatering match to look forward to, but I just believe The Treaty County are different gravy. The huge pitch in Croke Park should suit them too, the wide-open space there is great for the expensive game plan that they use. Limerick seem to be on a mission at the moment, and they look to be four to five points better than the rest of the teams left in the Championship (Galway included).
This will also be Galway’s third weekend in-a-row playing, while Limerick come in fresh thanks to a break after winning the Munster final. Limerick should take advantage of that and win this repeat of the 2018 All-Ireland final.
On the Galway side of this market you have to look to the likes of Conor Whelan and Brian Concannon. Whereas, for Limerick, you have got Aaron Gillane and Graeme Mulcahy – although, Mulcahy is more of a points-getter than a goal-threat these days.
I’m going to stick my money behind Peter Casey to raise the first green flag in this match though. The Na Piarsaigh has managed to get on the scoreboard in every game so far in this season’s Championship and I believe he’s due a goal on Sunday.
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