Two years ago, Galway lost their All-Ireland hurling crown to Limerick after a draining two-game semi-final series against Clare.

Despite a late Tribesmen rally in the final that closed the gap to a point, Limerick deservedly hung on to lift Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 45 years.

On the Sunday Game tonight (RTÉ2 9.30pm), we revisit that year's thrilling drawn game against the Banner, which included Peter Duggan's one-handed point and ended 1-30 apiece, and the replay, which Galway edged by a point.

"The whole year, Galway started well and were racing into big leads but only barely holding on for whatever reason," reflected All-Ireland winning manager Cyril Farrell. "From cruising, Galway were holding on to win by point.

"They had a replay in the Leinster final against Kilkenny as well. Led big time and were caught and had to have a replay.

"They (Galway) were winning them but they were so flat in the final and only played for a few minutes near the end of it and could nearly have stolen it.

"If they had beaten Clare the first day, they would have been fresher going in. But they were going from game to game to game. Limerick were as fresh as daisies.

"That final is one that will haunt them."

The first game of the Galway-Clare saga on Saturday 28 July was followed by an equally thrilling extra-time classic between Limerick and Cork on the Sunday. 

 "I remember walking up with supporters saying 'Did we ever think we would get a weekend of hurling like this," recalls Anthony Daly.

"It fit in with the whole year of 2018 and the success of the whole concept of the round-robin in the provinces and having the two semi-finals in the same weekend."