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Cody: Limerick will be 'extra motivated' to avoid another All-Ireland semi-final flop

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Paul Browne

Paul Browne

Paul Browne

BRIAN Cody sees "extra motivation" for Limerick this Sunday in their under-performance at the same All-Ireland semi-final stage last season.

In the colourful story of the great hurling summer of 2013, the Treaty county's miscue in the semi still ranks as something of an oddity.

No rhyme or reason for their malaise subsequently emerged. Largely, it was consigned to footnote.

Having won Munster and seemingly done the hard bit, they went down to Clare, not the sort of side about which Limerick would have any kind of complex, in a meek encore to their provincial excellence.

"That's extra motivation for them, to ensure that wouldn't happen again," said, Cody traditionally effusive about Kilkenny's next opponents but genuinely impressed by what he saw in Thurles two Sundays ago when Limerick dismantled Wexford.

"I'm sure they will be very, very clear about that. I'm sure they'll be on top of their game on Sunday, which makes it more difficult for us."

"The reality of the Munster final was that they could have been five or six up after 10 minutes," he added, touching on Limerick's defeat to Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

dangerous

"Unusually, Shane Dowling missed a couple of frees. He never does and certainly won't ever do it again probably, and even shots from play.

"That was certainly gone out of their play the last day. They've obviously worked on that. They're very dangerous opposition."

In particular, Limerick's midfield pairing of James Ryan and Paul Browne - perhaps their most industrious line against Wexford - were identified as "outstanding."

"They've great experience," he said.

"Their work-rate and their athleticism and everything about them. They've been huge players in every match this year for them.

"Our midfield in the last few matches, neither of the players in the position would have been considered a 'natural midfielder' but they've done very well for us and who knows what midfield we'll come up with the next day.

"But Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice would have been considered two midfielders and both of them were out of the equation at different times."

Cody also stated that Kilkenny "don't look upon it as an annual jaunt," yet last year, he attending both Cork's drawn All-Ireland final with Clare and the replay as a spectator, the first time he has experienced the day as a non participant in eight years.

"You go up there to have a privileged position on All-Ireland final day," he argued.

"You battle for that, you fight for that and if you don't achieve it, you say fair play to the fellas who are there."

excitement

"Obviously when new teams come along and win the All-Ireland final, it generates a great sense of excitement or something different or something better than was there before," Cody reckoned after Kilkenny went out in the quarter-final stage to Cork.

"I always think that every year it's good regardless of who wins it because to win the All-Ireland final is a serious achievement.

"I never bought into that it was a better standard of hurling or type of hurling than we had seen before.

"I would say the games over the years have been outstanding games as well but what is the most recent is sometimes looked upon as being something better."


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