Keep fighting and be the best team that you can be - that's the message from John Kiely to his Limerick players ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final showdown with Galway.

The Treaty are aiming to bring Liam MacCarthy back to the county for the first time since 1973. Standing in their way are the reigning champions, and hopes are high an outstanding summer of hurling will end with another memorable contest.

Even before the semi-final win over Cork, Limerick forward Tom Morrissey spoke of "keeping the hype of the supporters separate to us".

There's an understandable excitement among fans as the tantalising prospect of bringing home the big one whips many into a frenzy. 

In the eye of the storm, Kiely and his players are staying focused. 

When asked what his message would be ahead of throw-in, he told RTÉ Sport's Marty Morrissey: "Be the best team that they can be.

"Fight for every ball as a team and do everything together as a unit. Once they can be the best team they can be I'll be happy with that."

 Cian Lynch of Limerick is tackled by Daniel Kearney of Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final

Cian Lynch reiterated the desire within the camp to keep their eyes on the prize.

"It's every day as it comes from here on in. We're not looking too far ahead, we're not looking beyond the 70 minutes, or whatever it may be. We're driving things on and pulling everyone together, keeping the minds focused."

And captain Declan Hannon toed the party line as he talked up the benefits of the team making their bread-and-butter work all year  count on the big stage.

"We've been training really hard over the last number of years but our performances didn't reflect that on the pitch. That's the difference this year; we're bringing our hard work on the training field on to the match-day field."

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