After thirty-three games in the 2023 GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the destination of the Liam MacCarthy Cup will be decided in Croke Park on Sunday (3.30) when defending champions Limerick take on Kilkenny.
Wicklow’s John Keenan will referee. Limerick are bidding to become only the third team to win the All-Ireland four-in-a-row and are also pursuing a fifth title in six years. It’s a repeat of last year’s final which Limerick won by 1-31 to 2-26 and also a repeat of this year’s Allianz League final which Limerick also won (2-20 to 0-15).
Kilkenny, who last won the All-Ireland title in 2015, are bidding for their 37th crown; Limerick are pursuing their 12th .
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Former Limerick captain James Ryan has told Scoreline that Derek Lyng has continued to build on Kilkenny’s strong mentality in his first year in charge of the county.
Ryan believes that Kilkenny’s provincial success and mental fortitude could prove crucial in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.
“Obviously, there’s a winning mentality, and still provincial champions even though they have not been winning All Irelands.”
“The mentality of Kilkenny, it’s unbelievable and that’s why they won so much over the years.”
“It’s a massive positive as well for Kilkenny, given the fact that Brian Cody would have got a lot of credit for bringing that steely mentality. Derek Lyng’s first year there and he’s bringing the same attributes and the players are still playing with that same fight and determination.”
You can hear James full thoughts this weekend on Scoreline, with all the action beginning with our special Preview live from Matt The Millers Friday night.