Canning tips Limerick for long Summer

Joe Canning at a Bord Gáis Energy event. Photo: Sportsfile.

GALWAY great Joe Canning reckons Limerick are a solid bet to win an historic fifth All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship on the trot.

Analysis of the betting shows Limerick are currently four times more likely that their nearest market challengers Kilkenny to retain the Liam McCarthy Cup in the Summer.

In the wake of Sunday’s stunning comeback away win to Clare, Canning feels Limerick will only improve over the coming rounds of the Munster Championship.

“Sunday will only bring them on,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“They’d a lot of guys where it was their first day out for a good few weeks. It probably took them a while to get going but when you look back on it, a lot of it was down to Clare just making a mistake for the goal and allowing them back in, giving them a little bit of oxygen to get going again.

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“But in fairness they are champions for a reason. Once you give them a sniff of it, they’ll go for the jugular.”

“They can change their shape a little bit at times. It’s only small little fractions that they change but when it works it works – and nine times out of 10 it probably does work. That’s (coach) Paul Kinnerk and these guys, they are very good at in-game management.”