Limerick's strength in depth has been a major factor in their run to the All-Ireland final and it hasn't gone unnoticed by captain Declan Hannon.

Speaking on The Sunday Game, analyst Michael Duignan noted that "Limerick have the best squad in the country but Galway have best starting XV."

The Shannonsiders took the back door route to Sunday's decider against Galway and Hannon can even pinpoint specific moments where the full use of the panel came into effect.

"I remember Paul Browne making a massive interception against Tipperary in the first round when John McGrath was bearing down on goal," Hannon told RTE Sport.

"Barry Murphy came on against Tipperary and batted the ball to the net to seal the win for us that day.

"Pat Ryan and Shane Dowling the last day were magnificent, but the subs have been doing that throughout the year."

The Treaty County found themselves trailing by six points towards the end of the semi-final against Cork but Hannon revealed that there was never a sense of panic, despite the daunting look of the scoreboard.

"I remember looking at the clock and there was eight or nine minutes left," he said, "that's a lot of time in hurling. If you get a couple of points or a goal goes in it's a totally different game then.

"The lads on the panel and the team are so composed. They just stuck to their processes and the game plan for the 70-73 minutes of the game.

"Obviously it went to extra time and we came out on top at the end of that."

The Adare clubman added that their Munster Championship defeat to Clare served to focus the team on what lay ahead.

He said: "I wouldn't say [we had] doubts, it was more disappointment, we didn't perform on the day and Clare were full value for their win,

"We haven't really looked back since then.

"We said we'd to right the wrongs of that day and try to perform as best we can in the rest of the games and I think we've done that so far."

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