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Tactics hold key to last-four jousts but patience can be a virtue for Cats and Limerick

Eddie Brennan


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What will Clare manager Brian Lohan do? Going man to man is in his DNA but, if he opts for that on Saturday, it could play into Kilkenny’s hands. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

What will Clare manager Brian Lohan do? Going man to man is in his DNA but, if he opts for that on Saturday, it could play into Kilkenny’s hands. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Tony Kelly

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What will Clare manager Brian Lohan do? Going man to man is in his DNA but, if he opts for that on Saturday, it could play into Kilkenny’s hands. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

To me, the first All-Ireland semi-final hinges on the approach taken by Clare. We know Kilkenny will set up in a fairly orthodox way, but what will Brian Lohan do? Going man to man is in his DNA but, if he opts for that on Saturday, it could play into Kilkenny’s hands.

I’m looking forward to an old-fashioned battle, and with the way Clare play, Kilkenny will have to go into the trenches with them. Clare like playing with a two-man inside line, and I’d expect Ian Galvin and Peter Duggan to be there on Saturday, with Ryan Taylor and Tony Kelly floating with freedom.


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