"I just can't see Limerick being beaten"

July 01, 2022

Richie English of Limerick about to claim possession against Galway ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Former Clare star Jamesie O’Connor says it’s hard to see Galway winning Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final showdown against defending champions Limerick.

The Tribesmen edged Cork the last timeout to secure a repeat of the 2018 Liam McCarthy Cup decider this weekend at Croke Park, where they will look to derail the Shannonsiders three-in-a-row bid.

Writing in his weekend predictions for Sky Sports GAA, O'Connor says he can’t see Henry Shefflin’s men outscoring the holders at headquarters.

“The Tribesmen have not been scoring heavily enough. Conor Whelan has shown some X-factor up front, but he needs Brian Concannon to hit form, and possibly Jason Flynn and Evan Niland to step up,” wrote the two-time All-Ireland winner.

“Galway were right there at the end against Limerick in the 2020 All-Ireland semi-final. But I'm not sure if the Westerners are as strong, two years down the line. The Treaty are every bit as strong as 2020.

“Limerick could have Peter Casey and Cian Lynch coming back into that starting team. That would be huge.

“The four-week break is no issue for John Kiely's side. I think they needed it, if anything, given they appeared to burn more oil in this year's Munster Championship compared to previous years.

“I just can't see Limerick being beaten. I don't think Galway have shown enough form.”

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