Limerick Hurling Depth Chart | Half-Forward Line | Two Hurler of the Years just the start in star studded line

We look at the strength in depth of John Kiely’s squad and potential outsiders ahead of their League opener this weekend.

John Kiely’s Limerick hurlers are on the road this weekend as they travel to Wexford in the first round of the National Hurling League.

Silverware has already been collected in 2022 as Limerick strolled to Munster Hurling Cup success with limited fuss.

That was without the majority of last year’s All-Ireland winning XV as Kiely demonstrated the strength in depth at their disposal.

Limerick’s squad is star studded with no fewer than 17 All-Stars to choose from as well as a number of underage starlets.

23 January 2022; Limerick players and Manager John Kiely, right, after the 2022 Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup Final match between Limerick and Clare at Cusack Park in Ennis, Clare. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Ahead of this weekend’s League game with Wexford we continue our look at that depth, with the half forward line.

Goalkeepers

Full Back Line

Half Back Line

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Nailed on

What more can be said of Limerick’s stellar half forward line of Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty and Tom Morrissey. Between them as a collective they have won nine All-Ireland titles, nine Munster championships, three Hurler of the Year awards, five U21 All-Ireland titles, four Fitzgibbon Cups, seven All-Stars and so many more underage championships.

Cian Lynch is the best hurler in the country but beside him, the workrate and skill of Hegarty and Morrissey are arguably the key components of this Limerick team.

Back-to-back All-Star line, one of the greatest trios of all time.

13 December 2020; Tom Morrissey, left, and Gearóid Hegarty of Limerick celebrate following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Limerick and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Pushing Hard

There are few, if any, players that are more unlucky not to be starting for the Limerick juggernaut than David Reidy. The Dromin Athlacca always delivered when given the opportunity but has the misfortune of competing with the aforementioned trio. Nonetheless, with Reidy almost always the first man called on from the replacements in, standards never drop outlining his talent. With Peter Casey out for the year, Reidy may be relocated to the corner to finally give him a deserved starting berth.

Last year in his debut season at the grade, Cathal O’Neill was primarily used in the corner, but the Crecora Manister seems like a ready made fit for the half forward line with his build and striking ability. A two-time minor All-Star, 2022 could be a huge year for the youngster.

19 July 2021; Cathal O’Neill of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling U20 Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Clare at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Outsider

Michéal Houlihan was one of Kilmallock’s standout players in 2021, helping his side to county honours and the Munster final. A scoring machine, Houlihan was tipped to be called into the senior panel but hasn’t featured as of yet. His teammate Oisin O’Reilly is back among the fold but despite playing at 11 for club, looks set to fight it out for a corner forward spot.

Likewise, Adam English starred for Doon in his maiden year out of the minor grade but was introduced in the full forward line in both Munster Hurling Cup games.

19 July 2021; Adam English of Limerick celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Munster GAA Hurling U20 Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Clare at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Conor Boylan has been a member of the panel since 2019 and has made a number of championship appearances from the bench, including in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Has the workrate, physical presence and ability to fill in at either wing forward spot.

David Dempsey has been Na Piarsaigh’s most consistent player over the last decade but things have not worked out for him with Limerick at a senior level, often falling injured at the worst times. Likewise, Jack Quaid has been superb for Effin but hasn’t broke into the senior squad as of yet.

Caherline’s Andrew Brennan represented Limerick twelve years ago and while his intercounty career is in the past, his performances for his club must be recognised.

And, Aaron Gillane starred for Kiely on the wing en route to winning U21 Hurler of the Year in Limerick’s All-Ireland winning season of 2017 if the Galbally native were to change it up.

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