'It felt like our first Munster win'

June 10, 2024

Limerick manager John Kiely. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Limerick’s Munster SHC final victory felt like their first rather than their sixth-in-a-row according to manager John Kiely.

The Treaty County saw off neighbours Clare by six points at a drizzly FBD Semple Stadium to make history and now go straight through to an All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday, July 7.

"Really tough game, delighted we came out the right side of it. It might have been our sixth but it felt like our first," Kiely said in an interview with RTÉ.

"Another chapter I suppose really and we knew coming today was going to be a chapter. We both had come through the campaign in Munster in good form and we were teed up for this really and I think our first-half performance against the breeze was exceptional.

"We controlled it for good spells and even though we conceded that goal just before half time and it was a tough pill to swallow and it was poor from us but, if anything, it just sharpened the axe a small bit for us at half time and I think we got a good start to the second half which was really important.

"Clare came back at us which you'd only expect them to do, ball came off the post for a goal chance. We were never out of sight but at the same time we always found a way to get those extra couple of scores and everybody worked really, really hard so very pleased with the win.

“It means a huge amount to the group and closes that chapter now and we move onto the next."

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