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“After missing last season, I think it’s going to be a big year for Cian” – Hennessy

Shane Stapleton is joined by Barry Hennessy and Naoise Waldron to talk about Cian Lynch and his performance against Tipperary

Shane Stapleton is joined by Barry Hennessy and Naoise Waldron to talk about the influence of Cian Lynch and his performance for Limerick against Tipperary.

Cian Lynch’s former Limerick teammate believes that the two-time Hurler of the Year is set for a big season.

The Patrickswell man terrorised Tipperary in the NHL semi-final on Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds, as the Treaty earned their place in the league final against Kilkenny.

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After an injury-ravaged 2022 season, John Kiely will be delighted to see hurling’s maestro back leading his attack.

When it was put to Barry Hennessy that Lynch has returned to top form, the response was emphatic.

“I thought he was incredible,” says Hennessy. “The way he can take a game by the scruff of the neck.

Cian is probably the last lad on the field who wants to shoot himself, he’s probably looking to bring other lads into it.

“He’s doing all that donkey work that you might not see all the time, but he’s into rucks and popping the ball off.

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“He’s running direct at lads, and he’s probably a lad after missing a year of hurling – it probably hit him a little bit, so there’s probably a big year in store for Cian, being honest.

Host Shane Stapleton wonders whether Tipperary have to look at the pattern of Limerick overwhelming them early in the second halves in games, with the 2021 Munster final’s 16-point turnaround also a stark example.

Liam Cahill began using his bench on 51 minutes during the Treaty’s 1-11 to 0-2 blitz which turned the game on its head, while the match had gone from Liam Sheedy’s outfit two seasons ago before they unloaded the cavalry.

In both games, Stapleton believes that the substitutions were made too late.

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Hennessy and Waldron take up the topic on the video above, while the statistics below show how the Premier have used the bench in those outings — games where they led and were quickly reeled in.

Subs v Limerick, league semi-final 2023

51 mins — Enda Heffernan for Conor Stakelum, Mark Kehoe for Patrick Maher
56 mins — John McGrath for Jake Morris
65 mins — Conor Bowe for Seamus Kennedy

Subs v Limerick, Munster final 2021
52 mins — Willie Connors (Kiladangan) for Flynn (52)
56 mins — Paddy Cadell for Dan McCormack, Mark Kehoe for Noel McGrath, Niall O’Meara for John O’Dwyer
59 mins — Brian McGrath for Heffernan (59)

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