Five Limerick players in Team of the Week as Shannonsiders reach All-Ireland final

All five played a key role for John Kiely’s side, who once again got the better of Henry Shefflin’s men, and booked a final meeting with Kilkenny.

Limerick star Aaron Gillane is joined by Darragh O’Donovan, Kyle Hayes, William O’Donoghue and Mike Casey in the GAA Team of the Week, following the Shannonsiders victory over Galway at the weekend. All five played a key role for John Kiely’s side, who once again got the better of Henry Shefflin’s men, and booked a final meeting with Kilkenny.

Gillane is the top contender for the Hurler of the Year award, and the Patrickswell man was vital on Saturday, hitting 2-6, with both goals coming at crucial points in the game. His efforts have seen him nominated for the Hurler of the Week award, alongside Clare’s Shane O’Donnell, and Eoin Cody of Kilkenny.

In midfield, O’Donovan picked up the Man of the Match award, and all but secured his spot as a 2023 All Star, following yet another tireless display at the heart of Limerick’s team.

The Doon man deserves a lot of credit for his side’s turnaround on Saturday, scoring a crucial point from wide, before laying on two more for his teammates. The midfielder ended the day with just the one score, but his impact was much more than that.

There was much debate about who would fill in at six in the absence of Declan Hannon, and of all the names mentioned, William O’Donoghue wasn’t on the lips of many.

The Na Piarsaigh midfielder did initially struggle, as did the entire side, as Galway surged into a six point lead. But O’Donoghue settled, and was responsible for his side winning a lot of ball around his area of the pitch, especially in the second half. Definitely a successful audition for the six jersey, and should Hannon miss the final, Kiely knows he has a man he can trust.

A man who had been named at centre-back, Hayes gave a domineering display from his usual wing-back role, and even contributed 0-2 to the Limerick tally. The Kildimo Pallaskenry star joined O’Donoghue and Diarmaid Byrnes in a powerful half-back line, and was paramount to Limerick forcing the amount of turnovers they did.

The ever reliable Casey put in a stellar display at corner-back, in which the Na Piarsaigh man was tasked with keeping a Galway attack consisting of Conor Whelan and Evan Niland at bay. The defender even made a crucial goal line save, and was instrumental to his side’s win.

The other three semi-finalists are represented in the Team of the Week, with Kilkenny also boasting five players, while Clare account for three, and Galway have two selected. Hurling Team of the Week:

  1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)
  2. Mikey Butler (Kilkenny)
  3. Huw Lawlor (Kilkenny)
  4. Mike Casey (Limerick)
  5. Padraic Mannion (Galway)
  6. William O’Donoghue (Limerick)
  7. Kyle Hayes (Limerick)
  8. David Fitzgerald (Clare)
  9. Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick)
  10. Peter Duggan (Clare)
  11. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)
  12. Shane O’Donnell (Clare)
  13. Conor Whelan (Galway)
  14. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)
  15. Eoin Cody (Kilkenny)

GAA coverage on Sporting Limerick is brought to you in association with Noels Menswear, shop online here or visit in Dooradoyle, Limerick City or Newcastle West.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Champions Limerick bow out to red hot Rebels

Limerick 0-29Cork 1-28By Tom Clancy at Croke ParkLimerick's most remarkable run ended after a narrow, two-point loss, after ...
Read More

TEAM: Limerick make two changes to side to face Cork

John Kiely and his backroom team have made two changes from the starting XV that faced Clare in ...
Read More

Kingston Promises Intensity from “The Minute the Ball is in Play Right to the Very End”

For Shane Kingston and his Cork teammates, the journey to this point had been anything but straightforward, marked ...
Read More

Hannon on Success & Setbacks as Limerick Look Forward to Rebel Rematch

Limerick will do battle with a familiar foe in Cork this weekend as all roads lead to Croke ...
Read More

Hegarty: ‘There is a lot more to life outside of hurling”

In association with Bord Gais Energy. With six Munster and five All Ireland medals to his name, Gearóid ...
Read More

Sligo a bridge too far for Limerick as Tailteann dream ends

Sligo 2-20Limerick 0-9By Tom Clancy in Markievicz ParkLimerick’s hopes of a trip to Croke Park were wiped away ...
Read More

WATCH | Kiely, Gillane & O’Neill react after historic Munster SHC victory

Limerick made more history when claiming a record breaking sixth Munster Senior Hurling title in a row, thanks ...
Read More

Six of the best – Limerick claim record breaking Munster title

Limerick 1-26Clare 1-20By Tom Clancy in ThurlesLimerick made more history when claiming a record breaking sixth Munster Senior ...
Read More