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I was at Limerick’s game with Cork last time out and they probably played below what they are capable of, yet they still won the game by eight points after shooting 20 wides. Limerick are chasing a Munster Championship hat-trick in this match and that hasn’t been done since 1989. The last team to do that are their opponents on Sunday, Tipperary. The fact the Munster Cup has now been named after Limerick legend Mick Mackey, should drive The Treaty County on even more on Sunday to create yet another bit of history.
This is a huge match for Tipperary and their manager Liam Sheedy too. This Limerick outfit have had the edge over Tipp in the last few years. John Kiely’s side were comprehensive winners when the sides met in Pairc Ui Chaoimh last November and they did the same thing to The Premier County in the 2019 Munster final.
Sunday 16:15 – Limerick v Tipperary
You also need to take the weather forecast for Sunday’s match into account, as it is set to be north of 26 degrees at 4pm. That’s going to be a huge ask for Tipperary players, who have been on the road for a long time in their intercounty careers. There’s no doubt they have been exceptional hurlers though, generational talents even. The wide open spaces of Pairc Ui Chaoimh should suit Limerick’s game more though, and I fancy them to get the job done in 70 minutes here.
I believe it’s key, from Liam Sheedy’s point of view, that Tipperary are competitive on Sunday and don’t ship a beating. They’ll want to got toe-to-toe and keep the match in the melting pot into the last quarter. This is a fierce rivalry and people from outside the two counties might not understand that.
Fans on either side of the border love nothing more than sticking it into their neighbours over this game. I believe John Kiely will be anxious to keep this Tipperary side down though, and I reckon Limerick will win by four to six points on Sunday.
Surprisingly, star forward Aaron Gillane has been quiet for Limerick up to this point of the season. But, that’s exactly when he could come and deliver the goods. I’m expecting a big game out of him on Sunday in the Munster final because, by his own high standards, he’s probably been well below par in 2021.
I would have him right up there in my goalscorer bets, as it’s the time when you least expect him to explode, that when he usually raises a couple of green flags. Of the rest, Seamus Callanan from Tipp and Limerick’s Peter Casey are also fair shouts. But, I’m staying with Gillane to get the first goal in this game as I feel he’s due a one.
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