Hurling intro Ahead of today’s eagerly awaited All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final between Limerick and Clare, a team of experts answer the burning questions.
Answering the questions are Ollie Moran, Ahane and Limerick 2007 All Star and current RTE hurling pundit, Sean Stack, former Clare selector and All Star in 1981 and current Na Piarsaigh manager, Ger Hegarty, former Limerick star and minor manager and current Murroe-Boher manager, Sean Hehir, former Clare star and current South Liberties manager and Tony Considine, former Clare manager and current Kilmallock manager.
1. Where will be a key area of the field for Limerick to dominate on Sunday?
OLLIE MORAN: I feel that the most crucial part of the field will be the Limerick half forward line and the Clare half back line.
Clare tend to carry an extra man around the middle of the field but I think that getting on top of their half back line or to negate them would stop their supply lines.
Cork dominated the Clare half back line and that’s what helped them to defeat Clare.
SEAN STACK: I would say that Clare have very good forwards and if I was John Allen I wold be worried about their movement and pace.
I actually think both defences would be worried about either attack and whichever defence can lock down tight will be crucial.
GER HEGARTY: The key sector will be around the midfield and half back lines.
There is a great engine in this Clare team and they have a very high scoring half forward line that needs to be closed down.