The key clashes in Limerick’s vital Munster SHC clash against Waterford

The key clashes in Limerick’s vital Munster SHC clash against Waterford

THIS Sunday, Provincial and All-Ireland champions Limerick take on Waterford in the final round of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship round-robin series at the TUS Gaelic Grounds at 4pm.

A win or a draw for Limerick will see them progress to the Munster final. However, a Shannonsiders defeat against Waterford and a Clare victory over Tipperary in Thurles would see Limerick exit the Championship.

A draw in both games or a victory for Tipperary will be enough for Limerick to progress to the next stage of the championship. Overall, it’s pretty easy for Limerick to win and progress to the decider in Munster.

Leader Sport’s Paul Shaughnessy looks at six crucial clashes in Sunday’s big game at the TUS Gaelic Grounds.

Tom Morrissey vs. Calum Lyons
In the last two games, Tom Morrissey has scored five points from the wing and is starting to rediscover his form from last year.

Morrissey, a member of Ahane’s club, will look to put Calum Lyons on the defensive and prevent the Waterford defender from advancing. Lyons has been instrumental for Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring six points from long range in the Munster Championship.

Cian Lynch vs Tadhg De Burca
TADHG De Burca is central to everything good about this Waterford team. In recent years, De Burca has excelled in the role of sweeper.

Cian Lynch will give the Déise man a lot to think about. Lynch will dive deep into the pockets to catch the ball, so the question is: Will De Burca follow or sit back? If he follows him, he will leave a big hole in Waterford’s defense and give more space for this Limerick forward unit.

William O’Donoghue vs. Jamie Barron
Limerick will look to make the middle third a “war zone” and will use their physicality in that sector to dominate Waterford. One man who will be instrumental in that is William O’Donoghue and the Na Piarsaigh club member’s job will be to chase down Jamie Barron.

Limerick will not want Barron to start advancing and linking the play in attack.

Declan Hannon vs. Michael Kiely
Michael Kiely will undoubtedly move between the half forward line and the full forward line. Waterford will look to Kiely for a way out of their own fight.

Limerick captain Declan Hannon will look to make or break the ball on Deise puckouts and give the Shannonsiders the platform to advance.

Barry Nash vs. Dessie Hutchinson
Arguably the most important matchup for Limerick is the one against Waterford attacker Dessie Hutchinson.

Hutchinson will look to float in space and take on his man any chance he gets with his blistering pace.

Barry Nash has been one of Limerick’s standout defenders in the Munster senior hurling championship and the South Liberties man held Patrick Horgan to within a point of the game and will be looking for something similar with Waterford dangerman Hutchinson.

Mike Casey vs. Kevin Mahony
Sean Finn suffered a serious hamstring injury against Cork and Finn hopes to be fit for this weekend’s clash against Waterford.

John Kiely spoke after Cork and said Mike Casey was progressing upon his return from his hamstring injury. If Finn is ruled out of Sunday’s big game, Mike Casey would be expected to return to the starting XV.

The Na Piarsaigh defender will bring a ferocious intensity to the Limerick backline.

Kevin Mahony looked very strong in Waterford’s narrow defeat to Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis last weekend, where the Ballygunner club member recorded four points at stake and John Kiely is likely to give Mike Casey the scoring task to Kevin Mahony on Sunday afternoon.

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