Gillane double steers Limerick past Galway to fourth successive All-Ireland SHC final

July 08, 2023

Limerick's Seamus Flanagan and Seán Linnane of Galway ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Limerick booked an All-Ireland SHC final date with Clare or Kilkenny on July 23rd after coming from behind to see off Galway by 2-24 to 1-18 this evening.

Played before a 59,739 crowd at Croke Park, this showdown served up an epic first-half before the defending champions shutout the Tribesmen in the third quarter to end up winning comfortably by nine points in the end.

Aaron Gillane’s goal five minutes in had given John Kiely’s team the perfect start at headquarters, but was a score that ended igniting Galway instead as they got level and then hit the front through Cathal Mannion’s superbly taken goal on 15 minutes.

From there, Henry Shefflin’s side grew their lead to six through Evan Niland’s frees and a point from Conor Whelan. However, Limerick responded brilliantly by sending over six of the last scores in the opening half to trail by just one (1-13 to 1-12) at the interval.

Seamus Flanagan squared the teams early in the restart and the Munster champions continued to turn the screw.

Gilliane’s second goal of the evening came in the 46th minute after his original effort came off the bar and he was quickest to the attempted Galway clearance to tuck away the sliotar.

The Shannonsiders were in firm control after that and saw out a victory that progresses them towards a fifth All-Ireland decider in six years, with hopes of becoming just the third team to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup for a fourth successive season after Kilkenny (2006-2009) and Cork (1941-1944).

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