Sunday 21 July 2019

Limerick's form gives them edge, says Carey

Former star insists 'best' Treaty squad have been 'more convincing' than Tribesmen

Limerick legend Ciarán Carey. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick legend Ciarán Carey. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Limerick hurling legend Ciarán Carey has hailed what he feels is the county's best squad and believes they have been more "convincing" in their journey to Sunday's All-Ireland final than champions Galway.

Carey says he is not surprised by their progress to a first All-Ireland final in 11 years and feels any drop in standards by Galway can be capitalised on by Limerick.

Limerick are due to name their starting team tonight and are expected to announce an unchanged 15 for the third successive game. That means no place for Shane Dowling and Peter Casey, who had such an impact when they were introduced against Cork.

While respecting Galway's status as champions, recent form gives Limerick a great chance, according to Carey.

"I'm not judging it on last year, all I am judging it on is the Limerick journey to the final and the Galway journey to the final and what I have seen from both teams from defence, the forward line, the power they have up front and both benches, I'm convinced more by Limerick, just how they got to the final," he said.

"Clare had 19 wides (in their semi-final replay against Galway). If they converted a quarter of them they might have got there.

"Of course Galway are so capable of upping it and delivering a massive hour or more of hurling. If that doesn't happen, I give Limerick a great chance.

"I said it at the start of the year before they even hit a ball in championship hurling, it is the best Limerick squad I have seen in my time.

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"A lot of people are asking me am I surprised that they got there, certainly I'm not.

"My only concern at the start of the year was if these guys were going to be looked after and managed right and John Kiely and his backroom team have more than done that."

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