Yesterday, the main talking point after the two u-21 All-Ireland hurling semi-finals was whether or not it is time to restructure the competition.
Although the Limerick and Galway game proved a worthwhile watch for the everyday GAA supporter, it’s the bigger picture that needs addressing in the historic knock-out competition.
However, with the focus being solely on Eddie Brennan’s comments and the GAA world’s opinions of the competition, we almost missed one piece of outrageous bravery.
When the game was 1-14 to 2-13, the game was sparked back into life and Galway gradually became more into the game as a whole. Jack Coyne, who is undoubtedly one for the future just found the net and this gave the Tribesmen the lift that they needed after being five points down.
Galway found themselves on the attack once again and a goal opportunity arose.
— Conor Cusack (@Conor14Cusack) August 19, 2017
However, with an All-Ireland final place at stake, the Treaty men were not going to let the Tribesmen through easily. In fact, they were going to make it as difficult as any using every body part in their power to inhibit the ball hitting their net.
With the game in such close contention at this stage, this piece of courage and bravery from Kyle Hayes was certainly an influential factor in Limerick’s four-point win.
Limerick now await an All-Ireland final against Kilkenny, which will be a repeat of the All-Ireland minor final three years previously where the Cats attained the victory.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.