Sunday 19 August 2018

John Mullane explains why Limerick could be poised to go all the way in the Allianz League

Graeme Mulcahy and Paul Browne of Limerick celebrate after beating Galway
Graeme Mulcahy and Paul Browne of Limerick celebrate after beating Galway

John Mullane said that he envies Limerick manager John Kiely's position and tipped his side for league success.

The Shannonsiders came back from an eight-point half time deficit to defeat Galway in what Mullane described as "a massive win for limerick". The victory over the All-Ireland champions saw Limerick promoted to Division 1A of the National League, where Mullane said they have every chance of going all the way.

Speaking on The Throw-In,'s GAA podcast in association with Allianz, the Waterford legend said that boss Kiely is in a manager's dream position with returning players having to fight for a place on his team.

"The Na Piarsaigh boys have to come back next week. I think john Kiely is in a great position," he said.

"He can say to the Na Piarsaigh lads, go and win your club All-Ireland but when you come back you're going to have to fight to get on to this Limerick team. Because, judging by this win, there's no limerick player who is going to want to give up their position on that team.

"He's in a fabulous position, John Kiely, all of a sudden now. He has 20 odd players to pick from and out of all the panels, I think they have an extremely strong one."

Mullane backed Limerick, along with Wexford, as his favourites to win the National League title and said that with the set defence that Limerick have, they have the potential to go a long way in the Championship.

"One thing John Kiely has done is he kind of knows his back six," he said.

"His defence is settled and once you have a settled defence, it goes a long way going into the summer.

"When limerick hurl along the crest of a wave and their dander is up with the full county behind them they are a difficult opponent to play and I only know too well from playing them in the past."

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