Limerick and Galway face off in the All-Ireland final live on Sky Sports. Here are the main talking points.
Can Limerick cope with Johnny Glynn?
Since Johnny Glynn was introduced from the start for the Leinster final replay win over Kilkenny, he has been wreaking havoc to opposition defences, scoring a crucial goal against Clare in Thurles.
The giant full-forward is a handful for any side, and it will be intriguing to see if the Treaty can deal with him should he head for the edge of the square. Mike Casey will likely be the man tasked with keeping an eye on the New York-based star.
Will the occasion get to Limerick?
The Tribesmen’s experience will certainly stand to them on Sunday. All of the team were involved in last year’s triumph, while a great deal of them were involved in 2015 and to a lesser degree 2012. On all of those occasions, Galway got off to a fast start, indicating that neither pre-match nerves nor the raw scale of the occasion impacted them.
Limerick, on the other hand, are under pressure to deliver on the biggest day, with their predecessors not fulfilling their potential. There is a weight of expectation with which to deal.
Will Limerick’s physicality challenge Galway?
Galway have been the biggest kid on the block in recent times, with teams struggling to deal with their raw strength. However, this Limerick team have shown that they do not shy away from a challenge, and boast considerable bulk themselves.
Kilkenny adopted an in-your-face approach in the Leinster final, and that certainly disrupted the Tribesmen’s rhythm at times, while Tipperary, the last side to defeat Galway in the championship were not found wanting for muscle.
The Treaty will be eager to take Galway on in the physical stakes.
Will Limerick’s depth give them an edge down the home straight?
Limerick have been finishing games strongly this year, and it’s no wonder when you consider the depth available to John Kiely on the bench. The 2-06 scored by substitutes against Cork is evidence to suggest they can finish games strongly, and other counties simply do not have the luxury of springing players of the calibre of Shane Dowling and Peter Casey from the bench.
Will Galway get another fast start?
Galway have raced into nine-point leads in each of their last three games, but have been unable to keep up such relentless pressure. There is a sense that if they get another fast start, they may just kick on.
The longer a team goes unbeaten, the greater their confidence and their killer instinct will grow with that. Limerick cannot afford to allow Galway a head start like Kilkenny and Clare, and would leave themselves too much to do.