"The challenge for him now is to see how far he can bring it"

June 21, 2024

Limerick's Shane O'Brien and John Conlon of Clare ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Limerick attacker Gearoid Hegarty has called on young team mate Shane O’Brien to build on his impressive Munster final display as the Treaty men target another All-Ireland triumph.

20-year-old O’Brien landed two points and led the attack superbly in the victory over Clare which marked his first ever senior championship start for the Shannonsiders.

Next up for John Kiely’s men is an All-Ireland semi-final on the weekend of July 6/7 and Hegarty hopes that their latest breakthrough star can continue his rich form.

“It was unreal. I love any young lad that comes in to our panel and gives us what he has given and helps us to achieve what we want to achieve it's obviously brilliant. It's a team game and we always just say you need to do your job and in fairness he was obviously excellent the last day,” Hegarty told GAA.ie.

“His challenge now the next day will be to see can he improve upon what he's given so far. But as for his performance in the Munster final...he turned 20 the other day and I was so far off playing inter-county hurling at that age. I was nowhere near it whatsoever.

“It's a credit to him and it's a credit to all his coaches up along. It's a credit to the underage system that we have in Limerick with the Academy. It's a massive credit to him to be able to be at that level at such a young age but the challenge for him now is to see how far he can bring it. “

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