Limerick entertain Cork in the Munster final tomorrow looking to win back the Munster U21 hurling championship they last won in 2015.
We caught up with the Weekly Observer’s Matt O’Callaghan to get his thoughts on what promises to be a classic.
“It’s going to be a huge game. First of all I expect that it will be a big step up for Limerick. Cork will provide a much stiffer challange and much sterner examination than either Tipperary or Clare.”
Ahead of the game there is an injury doubt surrounding Aaron Gillane who was at the peak of his powers in the semi final win, notching 0-14. When asked about his importance O’Callaghan was clear in his assessment.
“Hugely important. I think that was borne out in the semi final victory over Clare when he was in irresistible form.
This is Aaron Gillane carrying on the type of form that he showed in the Fitzgibbon cup and has shown with Patrickswell.”
One key trend that is emerging around this set of players is how attacking and natural their play is. Akin to the 2015 side, they are a joy to watch as they play a conventional 15 on 15 brand of hurling allied with a supreme skill set.
“Great credit to Pat Donnelly and his management team.
These are a group of players that have soldiered together quite a lot and have been through the minor grade winning Munster Championship through to an All-Ireland Final.
Its all this playing together over a prolonged period of time that they have got to know each other’s so well that they are now a very well oiled machine.”
When asked to call the game, O’Callaghan was confident that Limerick would come away with the spoils but not after a close contest.
“Im tipping Limerick,
But only after a very very stern test from Cork.”