Limerick Senior Hurling manager, John Kiely, is relishing the selection headache he has to contend with ahead of Sunday’s crucial Munster Hurling Championship clash with Clare at Cusack Park.
Both sides come off the back of victories. Limerick thrashed Waterford 2-26 to 1-16 in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday while Clare produced a remarkable comeback in the dying minutes at Semple Stadium to edge out Tipperary 1-21 to 1-23.
Whoever wins the Ennis clash will be guaranteed passage into the Munster final and it looks set to be an epic encounter with Limerick’s quarter-final league clash with Clare still fresh in the memory.
Limerick are dark horses for this year’s All-Ireland and one of their main strengths is the level of depth Kiely has available to him.
Aaron Gillane missed the win over Waterford due the red card he picked up in the clash with Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Shane Dowling came into the team for The Deise clash but with Gillane now returning, and Peter Casey also returning to fitness, Kiely has a bit of problem on his hand, albeit a good one at that.
“The word ‘headache’ is often used in reference to selection so maybe it should come with a box of panadol,” joked John Kiely to the Limerick Leader.
“He (Aaron) is back in contention so that’s something for us to decide upon. He is in the mix the same as everyone else. He has worked hard and made very good use of his time, which he should. It was an opportunity to do something with the extra time he had. He will be fighting fit and mad for road on Sunday, I’m sure,” said the manager.
A win or a draw on Sunday will guarantee Limerick a spot in the Munster final while they have already secured passage to the All-Ireland series even if they lose out to Clare.