Four games for him to get a chance at some stage,he has loads of ability and his style of play compliments Lynch in a Pirlo-Gattuso/Carey-Houla type way.
Our team v tipp at the moment is Quaid, Hickey, English, Finn, Morrissey, Hannon, brynes, Browne, Lynch, hayes, o donovan, Hegarty, Casey, Flanagan and gillane. Harsh on tom morrissey, barry Murphy and Michael Casey but so is life.
We are fucked if Hickey starts in the corner at this stage or FB for that matter,Hickey and Morrisey will be vying for the 7 spot,Casey and Richie for 3.
The half back line is nailed on. There will be no switches. Hickey will be given a man marking job. Casey is well behind English and finn.
If Hickey is named in the corner Bubbles or John McGrath will clean him out.
If and it is a huge if Hickey was to start it would be for Dan Morrissey. If I was doing that I would move Hayes or Hegarty back and just make way for a scoring forward like David Dempsey in the half forwards. I am 99% sure he will play Hickey:
There’s literally no chance of hickey starting half back. Kiely had a richie all league and didn’t use him at all. Even after the galway game when he done well he was still dropped. Brynes and morrissey both had iffy games in the league and were never dropped. If kiely had any interest in trying hickey at half back he had plenty of opportunities to do it during the league. I’m hearing English will be 3 or at least always in the full back line. I suspect hickey will follow any roaming full forwards.
Hickey isn’t suitable for half-back in this setup, certainly not instead of Morrissey. One of the main reasons we’ve looked better this season is we’re actually trying to give our forwards a chance- moving Hickey to half-back would be a severe backwards step.
Hickey was in a bit of bother against Tipp but he was picked every single time when available. Surely if Kiely was going to play English there, he’d have tried him. I wouldn’t mind Hickey at corner-back as a man marker but I think he’ll be full-back. Unless Kiely thinks Casey is the answer but I really don’t think he does.
As for moving Hayes or Hegarty back, it just won’t happen lads. Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn’t but he has stuck to his guns throughout and there’s no way he’s going to second-guess himself at this point.
We’re going to playing teams that regularly have two man full forward lines which is why hickey will be shifted to 2 And English at 3. Talk of hayes or Hegarty moving back is crazy. The whole team is set up around their ability to win ball in the air and run with it. 1000/1 either turns up in the half back line.
I would agree, it is too late in the year in Kiely’s mind to change it. I think if he took the risk and put Casey in full back and moved one of Hayes or Hegarty back for Morrissey and Hanley to midfield as Browne or Malachy won’t cut it we will be a far better side. It won’t happen.
You are right there also. Look we have to give Kiely the benefit and see how things go against Tipperary. I can see very few changes for the Tipperary game.
If Hanley is on the panel, I still think it’s a bit much to expect him to play any part from the start. I’d imagine he is naturally super fit but he’s still probably a bit off the rest of the panel and it’s hard for any player coming back into a panel. I know the Na Piarsaigh players are in the same boat, but I imagine the ones who are most likely to start are ones who were part of the panel last year too whereas Hanley wasn’t.
If he impressed in training, he could be an option from the bench.
William O’Donoghue could have a chance in midfield as a physical presence beside Lynch.
I think Hegarty is more of a scoring threat than David Dempsey. Hayes wouldn’t be that far behind either
The one thing that makes us a little bit of a danger to teams is the physicality of our half forward line, Hegarty has improved no end and Hayes is returning to the form he showed last year. We can actually compete physically in our half forward line now and those two are chipping in with scores every game, why in the name of fuck would we change that?? Its the same with talk of moving Hannon out of 6, ridiculous stuff
Yep it’s mental. Hegarty and hayes are probbaly the most important forwards we have. Two absolute units of men that are willing to work their socks off for the whole team. Chippping in with scores and creating goal chances. Crazy talk. On hannon against clare and Waterford he’ll must likely be the free man. That’ll suit him more too. He done fine in the league overall but think we’ll see a lot more from him in championship.
I think he has done very well at 6 since moved in there, he mops up some amount of ball and I think his delivery into the forward line is good. While he’s no Gearóid McInerney aggression-wise I think he gets harshly criticised in that regard, he puts himself about a fair bit. Skill wise there isn’t too many in the position better than him. He’s just not the type to physically impose himself on a game like others but does so much other good stuff that goes unheralded. Personally I think he’s a class hurler
For all of the speculation, the championship team will show only two changes from the team that started the league semi-final.
I’d be amazed if anything different happened.
Browne and P. Casey in. Only other possible switch is tom m and d o donovan
Malachy and Barry Murphy won’t start. Peter Casey is carrying an injury and will have little hurling done with the squad prior to championship. I would expect Paul Browne to be restored to midfield for the opening game.
Bear in mind that Limerick will have to set up against 4 different opponents in 5 weeks. O’Donovan will not play against Tipperary but will be in the mix for the Waterford and Clare games. The half-forward line of Hegarty-Hayes-Morrissey will be in place for the Tipp match.
If Casey doesn’t start I’d be surprised if murphy isn’t starting unless they put David Dempsey in the corner. I’d agree 12 places are absolutely 100 percent nailed on from the league.