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“These three players are irreplaceable for Limerick” – Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan reveals the three players that are irreplaceable for Limerick, as they begin their championship-four-in-a-row bid

Michael Ryan reveals the three players that are irreplaceable for Limerick, as they begin their championship-four-in-a-row bid.

Limerick claimed an All-Ireland three-in-a-row in 2022 despite the absence of two-time Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch.

The Patrickswell man is roundly considered to be one of — if not the — best players in the modern game, and yet the Treaty marched on.

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Peter Casey was also out of action as Limerick retained their All-Ireland title, and would be considered a key man in any other side.

Of course, both players are major parts of John Kiely’s plans, but former Waterford manager Michael Ryan believes that a trio of other players would be harder to replace.

Click play on the video above to hear his thoughts.

WATERFORD v LIMERICK
Their most recent championship meetings came in last year’s Munster round
robin which Limerick won by three points in the Gaelic Grounds.

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LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2022: Limerick 0-30 Waterford 2-21 (Munster round robin)
2021: Limerick 1-25 Waterford 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2020: Limerick 0-30 Waterford 0-19 (All-Ireland final)
2020: Limerick 0-25 Waterford 0-21 (Munster final)
2019: Limerick 2-24 Waterford 0-10 (Munster round robin)

*Waterford are seeking their first championship win over Waterford since 2011 when they won a Munster semi-final by a point. Limerick have won all six clashes since then.

*This rivalry goes back to 1912 when they first met in the championship. In all,
they have met 43 times with Limerick having won 26 to Waterford’s 14 while
there were the three draws.

*Limerick are reigning All-Ireland and Allianz League champions, having added
the latter title earlier in the month, beating Kilkenny in the final. They won six of
seven games.

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*Waterford won two, drew one and lost two of their five League games.

*John Kiely is in his seventh season as Limerick manager. His championship record reads: Their championship record over the last six seasons reads: Played 31, Won 24, Drew 2, Lost 5.

*Davy Fitzgerald is back with Waterford, having previously managed them in
2008-2011.

*Goals have been scarce in recent Limerick-Waterford championship games –
their last five championships games have produced only five goals.

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