Saturday 24 February 2018

Limerick look good enough to stop Tribesmen's All-Ireland triple bid

Cian Lynch of Limerick. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Lynch of Limerick. Photo: Sportsfile

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Conor Whelan and Cian Lynch seem to have been around the scene so long that it's hard to believe they are still eligible for U-21.

Both made their senior debut in 2015 and are now important parts of the Galway and Limerick teams. Whelan, of course, has a senior All-Ireland hurling in his sights but before that there's an U-21 title to be fought for.

Galway are 9/2 to beat Limerick (1/6) in this evening's semi-final, odds that appear somewhat imbalanced. Yes, Limerick are entitled to be favourites but not to that degree.

Apart from Lynch (above), they have lots of other talent too, including Kyle Hayes, Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey, Ronan Lynch, Barry Nash and Sean Finn. They also have the advantage of coming through a Munster Championship but in fairness to Galway - both at U-21 and minor level - they have coped well with the late arrival on the All-Ireland scene over the years.

Galway underage teams have won against the odds before but this one might be just beyond them in their bid to join the senior and minors in the final.

Kilkenny will beat Derry in the other semi-final and, no doubt, Brian Cody will keeping a close watch to see how the young talent is developing, with a view to promoting them to the senior ranks next year.

Irish Independent

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