Limerick hurlers ‘so impressive’, says Shefflin

Limerick manager John Kiely and Galway boss Henry Shefflin shake hands after last year’s All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park. Photo: David Fitzgerald.

LIMERICK’S desire to return to another All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final was described as “so impressive” by beaten Galway manager Henry Shefflin.

The Shannonsiders beat the Westerners with a stunning comeback semi-final weekend win at Croke Park, and now face the Cats in Sunday week’s decider.

John Kiely’s side are now firmly on course to complete a sensational four-in-a-row, a feat last matched by Shefflin and his Kilkenny team mates back in 2009.

On Limerick, he said: “It’s a testament to the management team and the players involved. They have the best players in the country and that hunger and desire is there, that’s the reason why they are still going.”

“That consistency and hunger to keep going to the well is very impressive. It’s two weeks now until the final, which probably suits them again, they are just in prime position to attack that as well.”

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Galway had headed Limerick by six points at one stage in the opening-half but the margin was just the minimum at the break and the holders kicked clear early on the restart.

Shefflin Reasoned: “I was hoping we could keep it tight and bring it down the home straight like it was last year, I felt we would really have a chance then, but they got better and better as the game went on.”