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Limerick GAA - Cappamore chase Munster title

The Cappamore players put the finishing touches to their preparations for Sunday's Munster club final appearance

The Cappamore players put the finishing touches to their preparations for Sunday's Munster club final appearance

ONLY Cappamore can deny Kerry a clean sweep of Munster club championships.

Already Dr Crokes (senior), Finuge (intermediate) and Scartaglen (junior B) have been crowned provincial winners.

And, Kenmare are bidding to win a fifth successive Munster club JAFC for Kerry.

So all pressure is on the home town club of former Limerick football manager, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan.

However, Cappamore won’t be too concerned about statistics ahead of Sunday’s decider against Kenmare Shamrocks.

The east Limerick men have already guaranteed their own little piece of history by qualifying for successive Munster junior finals - in different grades.

What a two years to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of the club.

Days of success like these haven’t been seen since their four Limerick SHC wins in the ‘50’s and 1964.

No one can deny that Cappamore will be underdogs.

But this can be turned into a positive for the men in green and gold and the surprise element is something that they will be looked to utilise to their benefit.

Kenmare have been most impressive enroute to the final and especially in their big win over Cork’s Rockchapel last weekend.

While the Kerry men have tallied up big scores, the lynch-pin of the Cappamore season has been their strong defensive performances, with scores from play against the east Limerick men at a minimum.

Last Saturday, Cappamore warmed up for Sunday’s Munster final with a challenge game against U-21 side Ballinamona Gaels in Martinstown.

Confidence certainly won’t be an issue with their U-21 side continuing on their winning ways with a county semi-final win over Kildimo-Pallaskenry on Saturday afternoon last.

About five of that U-21 team will start on Sunday with more on the panel.

It’s this injection of young talent that has brought a fresh impetus to Cappamore this season.

And, many of these youngsters are continuing a winning streak that started with their hurlers last year.

Knowing the surrounds of the impressive Mallow facility will in itself but a bonus for Cappamore.

While Limerick are yet to taste success in the championship, Cappamore will be the fourth local side to appear in the final in the last five years – Bruff (2008), Mountcollins (2009), Bruree (2010).

Sooner or later the break through has to come.

Cappamore are probably best positioned of those that have gone before.

They have got early scores in many of their big games this season and that will again be vital on Sunday.

Their Kerry opponents will be looking to make immediate in-roads to dampener the Cappamore spirit and if the Limerick champions can withstand the early onslaught they will find themselves in a good position.

Kenmare clearly have a strong inside forward line and cutting down the supply lines will be key.

But the south Kerry men are physically strong around the middle and this is where Cappamore must dominate.

Especially in the second half of the county final against Kilteely-Dromkeen Cappamore faded in the middle third and couldn’t win primary possession.

They can’t afford a repeat of this scenario because Kenmare have the firepower to put Cappamore to the sword.

 

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