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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Limerick's bumper minor crop to end 30-year famine

ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL

LIMERICK v KILKENNY

(Croke Park, Tomorrow 1.15, live TG4)

IT may seem strange that a county chasing its first minor hurling crown in three decades should start as 2/5 favourites.

But that's a measure of the expectation surrounding this Limerick team, ever since they followed up an early eclipse of Tipperary by edging out a highly-rated Cork. They were then forced to a Munster final replay by Waterford but fully caught fire against Galway.

Kilkenny have come a long way since losing heavily to Dublin back in April. They flourished in extra-time against Waterford, but this step-up is maybe a bridge too far.

ODDS: Limerick 2/5, Draw 11/1, Kilkenny 9/4

VERDICT: Limerick

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