From the beginning of the year, we were told that Limerick could win another All-Ireland, as long as they did not beat themselves. Here they are in mid-December, the same warning applies.
It’s hard to see confident match-ups that Waterford will win. This is a problem for Waterford – a problem for Limerick.
Waterford needs to respond to it strategically, and Limerick needs to deal with it psychologically.
If they are careless and score two goals for Waterford, it’s like a cape for Pope’s spin or Clark Kent.
Waterford continues to be a theme of honesty, performance and development that never sank after the 2017 All-Ireland final.
Unfortunately for them, the quality of Limerick’s performance seems to be even stronger and more sustainable, as it has added so much joy to this short and happy season.
Liam Cahill was interested in goals as a player and goals as a coach, but with the exception of a goal scoring display from Waterford, similar to their previous successes in ’48 and ’59, the only thing that worked to break this Limerick was cocaine or carelessness.
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The Undercard of the Harling Feast is provided by Antrim and Kerry in the Joe MacDonald Cup Final.
There will be two former Tipperary goalkeeping greats on either side, Darren Gleeson leading Antrim and Brendan Cummins leading Kerry.
This is the fourth time this season that the two teams have clashed with each other, and Saffron has won all three previous encounters.
Kerry still has a lot of players from the 2015 Division 1B promotion / deportation playoffs that shocked Antrim.
Antrim has injury concerns about the fitness of their talisman Neil McMahon, but there are more aggressive agencies like Ciaran Clark and Conor McCann.
Even at a time when Harling has a high scoring rate, their 14 goals in four games to date are remarkable.
A win for Kerry may not be as surprising as in 2015, but I expect Antrim’s aggressive firepower to succeed.
Donald Egg Cossack was speaking in RTE this morning in Ireland
Watch the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final between Limerick and Waterford and the Joe McDonag Cup Final between Antrim and Kerry live on RTÉ2 from 12.30pm on Sunday, listen to the live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 or follow RTÉ Sport online on our RTÉ SportBlog online. News app. Highlights of the Sunday game (9.30pm RTÉ2).