Limerick aim for even greater Accuracy

Limerick masterminds Paul Kinnerk and John Kiely will be deep in strategy before Sunday’s face-off with Clare. Photo: Ramsey Cardy.

NEAR flawless Limerick will aim to improve their shooting accuracy in Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship showdown with Clare in The Theatre of Dreams.

In 2021 and 2022, the side set a new standard for shooting by regularly reaching their target of 50 shots per game.

Since then, Limerick were no longer getting close to 50 shots off.

And, yet John Kiely’s team were still winning.

In the outing against Waterford, Limerick showed a return to the previous numbers of 21/22 with just over 50 shots in the ten-point win.

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“We had nearly 30 shots in the first half and came away with 14 scores, so there’s a piece there for us to go after,” cautioned Kiely.

“I think just the resilience we showed. That long ball coming down into our defence from puck-outs and from second balls off puck-outs, I don’t know how many were hit in the second half but I think we won 90 per cent of those balls. After what Cork did to us the last day, I think that’s just something we’ll be very, very pleased with.”

He continued: “Our performance levels are higher than what they were last year and the year before when you look at the data that’s there, which is the most important part of it for me, our average performance level is up and up a nice little bit,” stated Kiely the other weekend.”

“I’m delighted with that and our trajectory is upwards as well. We’ve just got to keep going after those gains. I know the shooting aspect (19 wides, 14 in the first half) is one that we’re going to have to go back and re-engage again.”