Key Resilience and Depth Factors in Treaty Victory

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Limerick boss John Kiely attributed his side’s victory in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Galway to brave determination and a panel filled with strength in depth, on an afternoon when the holders of the Liam MacCarthy Cup have sometimes struggled to give their best.

The quest for three in a row remains alive, but the result hung in the balance until super sub David Reidy scored a third in stoppage time at Croke Park.

“Pure resilience” was the hallmark of the Green Machine victory, Kiely told RTÉ Sport after the 0-27 1-21 victory.

“There is a great determination in the group to find a way when it is difficult.

“Galway provided a phenomenal challenge today.

“We struggled at times in the second half and our lads coming off the bench had a huge impact again today.”

Kiely, who hinted that Reidy could work his way to a starting point when the Championship comes to a head against Kilkenny, clearly believes there is still a lot to do, while praising his side’s response.

“Some of the errors were also our own errors – ball handling errors, misplaced passes, hand passes, stick passes,” he added.

“The pace wasn’t quite 110 per cent today. It’s going to happen and you still have to find a way to win games.

“Our lads at the back supported each other really well. They came back in numbers, turned the ball over and used it to go forward and trusted each other to cross the line.”

Limerick have been boosted by the return of midfield talismanic magician Cian Lynch, who suffered a hamstring injury in Munster’s Championship second round win over Waterford.

“For the past 10 weeks, I’ve just tried to do rehab well,” he said.

“The work the boys have done – the 36 guys – it’s just phenomenal.

“It was a huge game against Galway and it was neck and neck the whole game.

“Fortunately, we pulled away in the final minutes with three points. It’s unreal. We’re absolutely thrilled.”

Man of the Match Kyle Hayes has revealed he never panicked or felt the need to deviate from a game plan that has served the team so well for so long.

“Stick to process as usual,” was the advice the Kildimo-Pallaskenry clubman and his colleagues received at the intermission.

“Nothing changes whether we are late or ahead. It’s always the same process – keep working hard.

“They scored at the right time for themselves, but we reacted straight away and that really helped us.”

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