Limerick icon Ciaran Carey feels that the five-in-a-row Munster champions have more gears ahead of their All-Ireland assault.
Ciaran Carey believes that Limerick’s challengers have failed to take advantage when opportunities have presented themselves.
The Treaty have dealt with issues in form, off-field controversies and injuries in recent months but won their fifth Munster in a row last week, and are pursuing a fourth All-Ireland title on the bounce.
After beating Clare, they are sitting pretty in an All-Ireland semi-final spot, with last year’s finalists Kilkenny also safely into the final four.
Host Shane Stapleton joked with Carey about his prediction that Cian Lynch had to start against The Banner, and that the icon must have known if his nephew was not fit enough to be in the 26.
“I didn’t know,” Carey laughs. “Anything that happens in the Limerick squad, it’s a bit like the FBI — there isn’t a thing that comes out of there.
“But as John (Meyler) said there, big days are for big players and big players relish those days under pressure.
“I’m wearing my humble hat and it’s obvious that Limerick are serious contenders but it’s up to the Kilkennys, the Galways and the Tipperarys…
“Up until now, they have all been given opportunities to dethrone Limerick and, to be fair, none of them are really standing up with authority and taking control.
“They’re not hurting them while they’re a big fragile and, what I mean by that, is that Limerick are possibly only going 50% of their potential but the opposition aren’t hurting them.
“They’re not smelling it, they’re not going for the jugular. That’s the only worrying thing for the other teams.”