Limerick In A Stroll  – And They Will Only Get Better

by Gazette Reporter
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Limerick 3-32; Cork 1-22

Limerick may be the dominant team in hurling at the moment and the bad news for all other counties including Dublin is they haven’t peaked yet.

Winning back-to-back All Ireland finals or even three Liam MacCarthys in four years doesn’t fulfil the great thirst that accompanies this team John Kiely has built for success.

22 August 2021; Séamus Flanagan of Limerick in action against Robert Downey of Cork during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Limerick in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Even worse for the pretenders – of whom we thought Cork were one – is the fact that the Treaty boss genuinely believes that his side has plenty more scope for improvement. In other words for the Corks, the Tipps, the Galways and Kilkennys of this hurling world, things could get an awful lot worse before they get better.

They were so far ahead of their rivals before 40,000 fans at Croke Park that the game was killed as a spectacle long before Fergal Horgan blew the short whistle for half-time. 

If new President Larry McCarthy had  called Declan Bannon over and delivered the cup at that stage, few Cork people would have complained that their side had the potential to recover.

22 August 2021; Limerick supporters in the Cusack Stand celebrate after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Limerick in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

 We knew and they knew they hadn’t… and Limerick went easy on them by turning a 13-point half-time advantage into only a 16-point margin by the end.

That’s not Limerick’s fault that they others are unable to measure up as they claimed their first ever successive title victories and tenth in all.

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