PROSPECTS of Limerick winning five Munster Senior Hurling Championships on the trot are alive, if only just, following yesterday’s thrilling draw between the holders and Tipperary in front of an enthralled attendance of around 38,000 in Thurles.
For Limerick to reach another provincial final, this time against Clare, Tipp must falter against lowly Waterford and John Kiely’s side must topple Cork.
In realistic terms, the winners of Limerick/Cork will progress as third placed from Munster into the All-Ireland series, as happed with the Shannonsiders in the breakthrough year of 2018.
Both fixtures will be played simultaneously next Sunday, from 4pm onwards.
In Semple Stadium, Kiely reasoned that the introduction of fresh legs helped the Limerick cause.
“I think the impact of our lads coming off the bench was huge,” he said. “In the last 20 or 25 minutes, everyone that came on made an impact. They won ball, created scores, won frees. That’s what we’re looking for, so I’m delighted with that.
“A couple of lads will be disappointed with their performances, but do you know what, that’s for them to rally around this week and come back and be better for it.”
A full house is anticipated at the Gaelic Grounds at the weekend.