Saturday 21 July 2018

Limerick and Clare bank large deposit for future

Limerick’s Ronan Lynch accounted for 13 of the 41 scores in 60 minutes
Limerick’s Ronan Lynch accounted for 13 of the 41 scores in 60 minutes

Cyril Farrell

Another day in Ballybrit meant I didn't make it to Ennis on Wednesday evening for the Munster U-21 hurling final

I'm sorry to have missed it because, as is usually the case, it produced a smashing game, with Limerick ending Clare's grip on the southern title.

Thanks to TG4, hurling fans all over the country were able to watch the game, which lived up to all expectations. The standard of point-taking was first class, delivering no fewer than 41 scores in 60 minutes, with Limerick's Ronan Lynch accounting for 13 of them.

Clare were going for a four-in-a-row, which would have been a massive achievement (mind you, three in a row isn't bad), but Limerick needed it more.

So then, it's Limerick v Galway and Antrim v Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

And with respect to Antrim, it's most unlikely they will catch Wexford as they did a few years ago, so it's safe to assume that JJ Doyle's boys will be in the final.

Wexford won Leinster for a third successive season a few weeks ago and while that's a fine achievement, they need an All-Ireland win to really showcase the talents of what is clearly an excellent crop of youngsters.

Limerick's win on Wednesday means that themselves and Clare have taken six of the last seven Munster titles, a sequence broken by Tipperary in 2010.

It's quite a haul by the Shannonside neighbours and augurs well for the future.

After the senior setback, it was important for Limerick to make a statement and they duly did that with a fine performance.

It will lift spirits in the county and already they will be looking forward to October and the 2015 All-Ireland senior draws.

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