John Mullane: “I think they’re going to have a big, big say in this championship”

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The ex-Waterford star believes Galway have the right stuff to take on Limerick this year for the Liam McCarthy Cup. The 40 year old believes the tribesmen will be the closet to match Limerick in the Championship this summer.

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“I was very impressed by Galway today. It was hard to judge them on last week when they scored 5-34 against Westmeath, but today was the barometer test for Galway and I like what I see,” Mullane told RTÉ’s Sunday Sport.

“I think they’re going to have a big, big say in this championship. The word out there is that they’re the best equipped team to take down Limerick and I would totally agree after what I saw with my own eyes.”

“What Galway did today – they mixed it up and they weren’t afraid to go long and take on Limerick. Eanna Murphy very rarely went short,” Mullane continued.

“He went long and direct and they varied their game. They had link play, and they played a bit of possession, but they were able to go long inside to Niall Burke, Joseph Cooney and Joe Canning.

“I just really like the look of what they’re doing.”

“I just don’t think teams should go down the route of trying to replicate what Limerick are doing,” Mullane added.

“The only way you’re going to counteract this Limerick team is by playing to your strengths, and Galway played to their strengths today.

“They started with a of mobility in their half-back line. You need that to try and nullify the Limerick half-forward line. That was evident today with Adrian Tuohey, Padraic Mannion and Fintan Burke.

“Last winter they played large parts of the championship with five forwards, but today they went conventional 15 on 15 and they had five or six players up top.

“When you’ve the likes of Joseph Cooney, Evan Niland, Brian Concannon, this young lad Jarlath Mannion, Niall Burke – who was very good in the air today and caused Dan Morrissey a lot of problems – Conor Whelan, and then Joe Canning and Jason Flynn to come off the bench…

“Galway have the ammunition to take on Limerick and take them down.”

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