Former Cork player and selector, Diarmuid O’Sullivan says that Clare will have to be at their very best if they are to overcome Galway in the All Ireland semi-final on Saturday.
The Paddy Power GAA columnist believes that any of the remaining semi-finalists can rattle Galway, despite the run of form of the All Ireland champions.
“The three teams that are left have players who have the ability to cause them trouble because of their size, their speed and their hurling abilities, they’re lower to the ground, they’re not as physically imposing.”
O’Sullivan is adamant that no opposition will beat Galway at their own game, instead they must employ pace and agility against Micheál Donoghue’s men.
“We’ve seen teams trying to go toe-to-toe with them physicality-wise, match them man-for-man and I don’t think it’s the way to play them.”
“Clare’s team in 2013 had an average height of 5″10 and this Galway team is averaging 6″1 so you get the ball to ground, you move them, you turn them, you keep twisting them.”
“They’re unbeaten since Tipp in 2016, that’s a long run in championship games. It’s going to take a monumental effort from whoever will defeat them, if it’s Clare on Saturday they’re going to have to hurl like they’ve never hurled before. If not, it’s up to the winners of Limerick and Clare.”