Emmets have been dealt a major blow in their bid to reach a second successive Limerick SHC final with the news that their four Effin players won’t be involved against Ahane in the semi-final replay this Sunday.
It is understood that the four are to withdraw from the divisional set-up for the game to concentrate on their club’s preparations for the final of the county intermediate hurling championship.
That would leave Emmets without Nicky and Tommy Quaid, John Dillon and Damien Moloney - all key players over the past three years of their participation in the senior championship.
Last weekend Effin booked their place in the Limerick IHC final when their first ever appearance in the Gaelic Grounds saw them overcome last season’s beaten finalists Dromin-Athlacca.
The Peter Finn-managed side are now one win away from completing a unique junior-intermediate double in successive years.
Standing in their way is Ballybrown, who dismissed Glenroe in their semi-final.
The intermediate final is fixed for Sunday, September 25, in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.30 as part of a double-header with the intermediate County Cup final between Blackrock and Mungret.
With the intermediate final coming just one week after the senior semi-final replay it is believed that the four representatives from Effin were not to line-out with the southern amalgamation this Sunday evening.
Emmets are also without injured wing back, Peter Ryan.
Emmets manager Fintan Leahy will persist with Chris Farrell in goals, after he deputised succesfully for Tommy Quaid last week as he was playing with CIT in the Cork championship and will now most likely hand starting places to David Reidy, Mike O’Brien and Brian Kelleher.
But they will want to wait until Sunday to finalise their plans as they have four players in action with Ballylanders in the senior football quarter-final on Saturday and another two starting players lining out with Staker Wallace in the south junior hurling championship.
Emmets meet Ahane in the replay of Limerick’s Live 95FM sponsored SHC on Sunday next, September 18, in the Gaelic Grounds. The game throws in at 7.45pm under lights to avoid a clash with the All Ireland football final and both sides will be looking for a major improvement on last week’s showing when they drew in a low-scoring encounter.