Wednesday 26 October 2016

Limerick star Gavin O'Mahony can dare to hope of clash with Tipperary

Gavin O'Mahony, Limerick, in action against John Conlon, Clare
Gavin O'Mahony, Limerick, in action against John Conlon, Clare

LIMERICK and Tipperary may be "sick" of each other - but Gavin O'Mahony is still relishing the prospect of a June 21 showdown at the Gaelic Ground

This will be the fourth year running that the two rivals have collided in Munster, with Tipp prevailing in 2012 only to be beaten on the double in '13 and '14.

"They're probably as sick of us as we are of them," said Limerick half-back O'Mahony in the wake of Sunday's white-knuckle victory over Clare.

"But it's brilliant. Four or five years ago, if we were going in to a Munster semi-final against Tipp, we wouldn't be given a hope. Now at least we'll have a hope. We'll just hope to get it right, keep injury-free - we've another round of the club next week."


The Limerick team has continued to evolve this season, coming on the back of last year's oh-so-close defeat to Kilkenny in an absorbing semi-final.

"You'd say we were only two points away. But when it's not good enough, you have to do something," O'Mahony explained.

"Now I wouldn't go changing the whole thing. It's freshness as much as anything - something Kilkenny do very well. Someone who might be playing corner-forward is suddenly playing a league match at midfield or vice-versa."

A more eye-catching change has been the promotion of minor graduate Cian Lynch. "A great lad, he's very honest and unassuming," O'Mahony enthused.

"To look at him, you'd think he was going to be the next David Beckham. But when he comes in training, there's no airs or graces. He works very hard."


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