Saturday 22 July 2017

Treaty intensity the benchmark for Galway U-21s

IF this evening's Limerick versus Galway All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-final comes anywhere close to the standard in the Limerick v Cork Munster final, then Semple Stadium will rock to some beat.

The Munster final was a high-quality affair and has, inevitably, led to Limerick being installed as favourites to reach the All-Ireland final.

That's understandable, but Galway are drawing mainly from the 2008 minor team that lost the All-Ireland final narrowly to Kilkenny and the 2009 minor team that won the title.

Also, many of the Galway team got U-21 experience last year and while they were well beaten in the final by Tipperary, it wasn't a true reflection of their worth.

As always, Galway's biggest problem is that they're going in without a competitive game against a team that won a provincial championship -- and a good one at that.

Can Galway get up to the intensity levels Limerick reached in Munster? If they do, they will win, if not then it's Limerick to book their place in the final against Dublin.

Antrim will be game as ever in the other semi-final, but this is a really good Dublin team and they will have too much class for the Ulster men.

Irish Independent

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