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'I won't say it's unbelievable because I fully believed that we would win today'

Tom Morrissey’s second-half goal helped Limerick to an unforgettable All-Ireland triumph.

Limerick: champions for the first time since 1973.
Limerick: champions for the first time since 1973.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

TOM MORRISSEY REFUSED to use the word ‘unbelievable’ after Limerick’s All-Ireland triumph, because he always believed that this team would end the Treaty famine.

Morrissey’s second-half goal helped Limerick to take control against Galway as they put one hand on the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1973.

But John Kiely’s side had to call on every ounce of their character to hang tough as Galway scored two late, late goals to whittle Limerick’s eight-point lead down to a single point at the death.

“We were eight points up and fair dues to them, true champions that they are, they stayed battling right to the end,” an overjoyed Morrissey told RTÉ afterwards.

“They gave us an awful scare — I’d be lying if I didn’t say that — but we just had the mental strength to stay going right until the end. Seventy-eight minutes today, our bodies are in bits, but it’s definitely worth it.

“We were kind of expecting the eight minutes, there were a lot of stoppages in the second half, but it still doesn’t make it any easier when you see it going up on the board.

“A few of us were starting to cramp and the bodies were starting to give up but the minds kept going and that’s the important thing and it got us over the line.”

He added: “I won’t say it’s unbelievable because I fully believed that we would win today, but it’s fairly close to it, I’ll tell you that much.”

Morrissey had even more reason to savour victory as well with his brother Dan lining out in the half-back line.

“It’s my first time ever winning anything with Dan so it’s a special moment for the two of us,” he said.

“One to savour, one for us and one for the family and the club of Ahane. We’re going to enjoy it.”

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