Limerick SHC semi-final preview

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Patrickswell manager Ciaran Carey is hoping to guide his side to their first SHC final since 2006
Patrickswell and Adare lock horns in Sunday’s Limerick SHC semi-final and this game has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Patrickswell and Adare lock horns in Sunday’s Limerick SHC semi-final and this game has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Both teams go into the semi-final without a loss to their name in this season’s championship but something will have to give on Sunday.

LIMERICK SHC SEMI-FINAL

Patrickswell v Adare

Date: Sunday, October 4

Venue: Gaelic Grounds

Throw-in: 3.45pm

Patrickswell, surprisingly, have not reached a SHC final since 2006 when they lost to Bruree by a single point. The Ciaran Carey managed Well side have not won a county title since they beat this weekend’s opponents Adare in 2003.

Ger Hegarty’s Adare outfit on the other hand have reached two finals in the last three years but lost out to Na Piarsaigh in 2013 and Kilmallock in 2012. The west Limerick side’s last SHC title came in 2009.

Adare go into Sunday’s semi-final full of confidence after a comfortable seven point victory over Ahane in the quarter-final replay.

They have had a massive overhaul in players from last season and Hegarty’s young panel have improved with every game. Their captain Willie Griffin has been in scintillating form all year and poses the biggest threat to the opposition’s defence.

Ross Kennedy is an injury worry for Adare going into the game and will undergo a fitness test on his ankle before the throw in.

Patrickswell on the other hand, have a 100% winning record in the 2015 SHC and have been a revelation thus far in the championship.

Backboned by Limerick’s U-21 starts Diarmaid Byrnes at centre back and Cian Lynch at midfield, the Well have met every test that has come before them.

Despite the month long break leading into this semi-final they are justifiable favourites to get through. While their forward line has been impressive, one of the masterstrokes made by Ciaran Carey and his management team has been putting Barry Foley at full back. The former Limerick forward has excelled in the position but he will be tested on Sunday.

A young Adare team have progressed very well this in 2015 and have a big future but it is hard to see beyond a victory for a Patrickswell team on the up.

Prediction: Patrickswell