Time for talking is over as county final day arrives

John Keogh


John Keogh

Patrickswell manager Ciaran Carey and Na Piarsaigh captain Cathal King with the Daly Cup ahead of the SHC final
This is a match that without question whets the appetite.

This is a match that without question whets the appetite.

There can be no argument that the best two teams in the 2015 Limerick SHC are meeting in Sunday’s final.

With such quality players on show, there is also no reason that this game shouldn’t be of the highest quality.

Patrickswell go into Sunday’s final full of confidence after an astonishing performance in last weekend’s semi-final against Adare.

Ciaran Carey’s side bulldozed through their opposition to win by 22 points.

Diarmaid Byrnes and Jack Kelleher were in outstanding form in the semi-final, hitting seven points each.

Their full forward line of Lar Considine, Kevin O’Brien and Thomas O’Brien have been in outstanding form all season and will pose a serious threat to the Na Piarsaigh full back line.

The Caherdavin side also have plenty of ammunition at their disposal having scored 17 goals in the group stages of the 2015 competition.

They also had a fantastic - albeit a much more difficult one point win over Kilmallock in their semi-final.

Limerick minor and U-21 star Peter Casey was in sensational form in that game, nothing 0-5 from play.

The rest of their forward line also composes of Limerick players with Kevin Downes back to a bit of form so far in the championship.

Na Piarsaigh have been installed as bookies favourites going into the game with their odds at 4/7. Patrickswell’s price is 7/4.

The bookies rarely get things wrong but there is very little separating these sides.

It is understandable that Na Piarsaigh are strong favourites given their experience but there looks to be something brewing in Patrickswell and Ciaran Carey seems to have tapped into it.

Going into the game Patrickswell have slight injury worries over Cian Lynch, Seanie O’Brien and James Carrig but Carey says that all three should be fine come Sunday.

Na Piarsiagh also have some minor concerns over a few players but club secretary Risteard O’Flaherty expects that they will have a full squad to pick from.

This should be a very tight SHC final but our hunch is that Na Piarsaigh will do just about enough.

Prediction: Na Piarsaigh