Tuesday 6 December 2016

Top marks for English as Treaty trip up Tribesmen at first Hurdle

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Limerick's Richie English
Limerick's Richie English

Speaking of championship structures, Galway paid the price in the U21 grade when they crashed out in their very first game on Saturday evening.

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They came up against a fresh Limerick team that had been steeled for battle in the Munster championship.

You had three of Galway's starting senior forwards lining out in the U21 grade and what I've found is that it's nearly easier for an U21 player to play senior.

My thinking behind this is that when you're playing against seniors, you're up against players who have already made a name for themselves.

But a senior player dropping down to the U21 grade can often be marking a player who's eager to pit his wits against a star name, in a bid to put his own name up in lights.

One Limerick man in this category who's really impressed me is their full-back Richie English (above). This lad doesn't care much for reputations. He did a very good job against Clare's Shane O'Donnell in the Munster U21 final and nullified Conor Whelan at the weekend.

Overall, I like the look of this Limerick team and the more I see them, the more I'm convinced that they'll beat Wexford in next month's U21 decider.

They've come through bigger tests and Wexford were on a hiding to nothing against Antrim, who went defensive on Saturday.

I don't blame Kevin Ryan for setting up Antrim the way he did.

Knowing the man and having trained under him, he's fierce dedicated and would have put an enormous amount of effort into Antrim hurling.

Saturday was all about damage limitation but Antrim played some nice stuff too, even though they lost.

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