Munster Final - Five key battles to seperate Limerick and Cork

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Kevin Downes, Lmerick
A moment of individual skill or one Man of the Match display could turn Sunday’s Munster SHC final.

A moment of individual skill or one Man of the Match display could turn Sunday’s Munster SHC final.

We take a look at some of the key battles likely to be played out on Sunday.

DONAL O’GRADY V MARK ELLIS

The Limerick captain played a key role in nullifying the threat of Brendan Maher and will again be a keen focus of tactic.

A bit like Maher, Ellis tends to ‘sit in the pocket’ as a centre back with Aidan Walsh often offering protection to the No6 position. O’Grady drifted into space against Tipperary and two second half points were a key indicators of a gameplan working well.

SEAMUS HICKEY V ALAN CADOGAN

Hickey revelled in his return to corner back against Tip but could face a bang in form Cadogan in this tie.

The Murroe-Boher man does like to play from the front but with the pace and eye for goal that Cadogan possess, the Limerick man will have to be assured of all possession if he is to cut off the supply.

KEVIN DOWNES V DAMIEN CAHALANE

It could be Cahalane or indeed Stephen McDonnell at the edge of the square for Cork but hopefully Downes can be a handful for either. He didn’t reach his full potential against Padraic Maher in Thurles but often looked one step from breaking through for goal scoring opportunities. Limerick will want him with ball in hand and turned for goal as often as possible.

SHANE DOWLING V PATRICK HORGAN

These two won’t of course be marking each other but what a battle they are likely to have from placed balls.

The champions as a whole has seen some immaculate free-taking and the winning team on Sunday will be backboned by scores from play. Both can also find the net from frees and this could be key. But let’s not forget about general play because these two can both score and create.

JAMES RYAN V AIDAN WALSH

The Garryspillane man might give away a few inches to Walsh but will test his engine.

Ryan sets the tone for Limerick’s all action style and had ball in hand as often as most against Tipp.

A week after a Munster football final, hopefully it will be Walsh chasing Ryan and not the other way round.