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Ciaran Carey: “Big guns will have to come to the party”

Limerick icon Ciaran Carey previews the All-Ireland senior hurling final clash of his native county and Waterford

Limerick icon Ciaran Carey previews the All-Ireland SHC final clash of his native county and Waterford.

BY SHANE STAPLETON
Ciaran Carey wants to see Limerick bring a goalscoring threat to the All-Ireland final on Sunday.

The Treaty have amassed an incredible 3-111 in their four championship games thus far this season, but all three majors came in their second outing against Tipperary.

Clare, Waterford and Galway kept Limerick away from the green flags, and the Deise will hope to repeat the dosage at Croke Park this weekend.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw (Peter) Casey at 11 in the All-Ireland final, he came on the last day and did really well,” Carey exclusively tells OurGame.

“David Reidy came on, got a lot of possession, and could have hung 1-2. Didn’t.

“Where I would be slightly critical of Limerick, and I would be because of the firepower they have — the strength, the pace, the skill they have upfront — I believe if they got into a habit of hanging goals, it would bring them onto another level again.

“They got three against Tipperary but Aaron Gillane kicked one, another was a penalty, and Seamus Flanagan came on and half-hit a ball and it deflected in.

“They are a team that should be hanging three or four goals a game — my own opinion.

“I think if they got that ruthless streak, it would probably bring them onto another place they haven’t been before.

“I’d say they’re not concerned,” he adds. “They are capable.

“You know that old saying of ‘take your points and the goals will come’… that was old thinking, it’s fine, and we all agree with that.

“But we don’t have to play by it always. We can still nail a target of ‘we need to hang four goals today’.

“Listen, they’re capable of getting 25 or 40 points, and if they hit that — (if they score) 30 or 33 points and no goal, they could still get there. I’m not disputing that.

“I just think they have the ability to hang a few more goals, but it might not be in the coaching manual. I can’t answer that one.”

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