High-scoring trends will become a pattern of the 2020 inter-county championships, Limerick manager John Kiely expects.
Not even an unprecedented 17 point masterclass from Tony Kelly could prevent neighbours Limerick from securing the double boost of National League honours and a Munster Semi-Final spot in Semple Stadium, Thurles this afternoon.
Meetings of Clare and Limerick in the Munster senior hurling championship tend to be special occasions, their showdown on Sunday will be unique in that it is the first provincial clash between the sides to be held behind closed doors but it won’t shake the determination from Cian Lynch and his teammates from the Treaty County.
Leaders will be required in abundance as Clare prepare to take on Limerick in Sunday’s Munster SHC qualifier, David Fitzgerald is hopeful to be chief among them for the men in saffron and blue.
*John Kiely & Donal Moloney on the sideline. Photograph: Martin Connolly Defeat to Clare on Sunday would have meant Limerick were the earliest All-Ireland champions to bow out in the subsequent campaign since Tipperary’s departure from the 1992 championship, such an outcome was “inconceivable” according to John Kiely.
*Aaron Gillane in action with Jack Browne. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare have lost their second successive Munster senior hurling championship game in the space of a week, falling down at the expense of All-Ireland champions Limerick in a dreadful display.
*Conor Cleary attempts to block Cian Lynch. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare have made just one change to their starting team from that which suffered a thirteen point defeat to Tipperary on Sunday, Limerick have also made one alteration to their lineup.
*Shane Golden. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare earned a share of the spoils against Limerick to keep their chances of making the knockout stages of the Allianz National Hurling League alive. Clare 2-11 Limerick 1-14 Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis