Limerick manager John Kiely singled out the substitutes who came on for his side for particular praise in the wake of his team's extra-time victory over Cork in today's All-Ireland SHC semi-final.  

Second half substitutes Shane Dowling and Pat Ryan both hit extra-time goals with the former being especially influential, hitting 1-04 after being introduced with fifteen minutes of normal time to play. Peter Casey was also a constant menace when brought on in the closing stages. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the win, Kiely alluded to the strength of his panel and said he was delighted the 'B' team players got their chance to shine. 

"Just really proud of everybody but if I could single out our subs that they came on today. They deserve phenomenal credit.  

"The games we've had in house have been really tight. Our B team have been pushing our A team really hard.  That's probably engendered into the group that the response has to come. 

"Because when the B team goes ahead, the A team has to respond. And they've been doing that over the last number of weeks and it's really paid off for us.  

"Today, our B team really got their opportunity and they really shone for us and I'm delighted for those guys. 

"They're a great bunch of lads. Leaders to a man. And they deserve where they're at now." 

The Limerick manager reiterated Shane Dowling's call for the supporters to allow the players the space to prepare for the game over the next few weeks and praised his team's fans for their 'phenomenal' support during the game. 

"We have phenomenal support. You saw that out there and we were calling on them during the game. That's when we need them. We need them at the game, giving their all. 

"And the players need to be given the space to go to work, go to training and do their own thing. They've (supporters) been fantastic in that regard up to now. We just ask for their co-operation and full support over the next three weeks. 

"And just enjoy it. That's for the supporters to enjoy it. We'll do the hard work over the next few weeks and they can enjoy it. Just give the lads room to do their work."