Dublin v Limerick, Sunday, 1.30pm, Nowlan Park
The TG4 cameras will be in Nowlan Park on Sunday for this league semi-final between Dublin and Limerick. Dublin have been the suprise package of the league in 2019 and they will look to cause another shock here after beating Tipperary in the quarter final last weekend.
Dublin topped the standings in Division 1b where many probably would have felt it was going to be either Galway or Waterford. Mattie Kenny has instilled believe in his players and that can easily seen with their performances. They won four games in Division 1b, losing just one to Galway. The teams performances against Tipperary last weekend was very impressive, they actually never trailed in that game and lead from start to finish which is hugely impressive. In defence Eoghan O’Donnell at full back and Paddy Smyth at corner back have been two players that have impressed me in 2019. Sean Moran is another player that has been exceptional at centre back. In attack then players like Danny Sutcliffe, Oisin O’Rourke and Eamonn Dillion have been all playing well and they will need to continue that form against Limerick.
Looking at Limerick they are still the team to beat in this league in my opinion. They have a had week or two off now since there hammering of Laois which would have helped of course to fine tune preparations for this game. John Kiely has a really strong panel of players and they will be difficult to beat in 2019 when it comes to championship. In defence players like Tom Condon, Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey have all been superb for the reigning All-Ireland Champions. Cian Lynch was rested against Laois so he will return here for sure, in attack they have a wealth of talent to call on Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Peter Casey, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes and Shane Dowling are just a selection of players they have.
Limerick (Allianz HL v Dublin): Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Sean Finn, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Dan Morrissey, Paddy O’Loughlin; Cian Lynch, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey, Graeme Mulcahy.
Limerick are 3/10 favourites, with Dublin priced as 3/1 and the draw at 10/1. The handicap is Limerick -4 at 10/11 which is a very good bet considering the form they are in.