OFFICIALS of both the Claughaun and Pallasgreen GAA clubs have been summoned to a meeting by Limerick GAA chiefs ahead of this eagerly awaited replay of the Griffin Coaches sponsored county intermediate football championship final.
Thursday’s meeting comes on the back of the drawn game two weeks ago, which ended with a mass brawl with players and officials from both clubs clashing after the final whistle in Bruff. It is understood that both clubs have been fined for breach of discipline but no individual has been sanctioned.
Thursday’s meeting will ‘outline procedures and what is expected of the clubs’ for the replay.
In the drawn game, Claughaun’s Tim Byrnes’ kicked an injury time equaliser to force the replay, 0-9 each.
The sides were level on five occasions but it was Pallasgreen that were in the driving seat entering the final quarter with a three point lead.
They looked on course to make an immediate return to the senior ranks until late points from Claughaun subs Shane Mulally and Emmet Harty and eventually the equalising free from Byrnes.
The drawn final was the second meeting of the teams in the championship and their second draw.
Back in June the sides finished level, Pallasgreen 0-12, Claughaun 2-6.
Claughaun are 14-time Limerick SFC winners but seek their first intermediate football crown, while their opponents Pallasgreen were IFC winners back in 2005, a year when they progressed to the Munster club final.
For whoever wins on Saturday there will be little time for celebration with the Limerick champions are due to play in the Munster intermediate club championship on November 4.
The newly crowned Limerick champions will have to travel to Waterford for that provincial quarter-final tie against Ballinameela.
Pallasgreen are managed by a back room team of Mick Lawton, James McMahon, Tom Ryan, John Gammell and Tony McMahon. They are captained by inter-county defender Lorcan O’Dwyer. The Claughaun manager is Matt Graham, is joined in the backroom team by Tom McGarry, Liam Galligan and Michael O’Donoghue. The Childers Road outfit are captained by Pat McGarry.
As confirmed by their two previous meetings there is nothing to separate these two former senior sides.
Pallasgreen were the only side to open a meaningful gap in the drawn game and know that they should have kept Claughaun at bay. They have the players to dominate in the possession stakes and this could be the telling factor in what could be another low scoring affair.
Prediction - Pallasgreen