U-21 players to backbone Limerick junior footballers

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Former Limerick senior footballer Shane Gallagher lines out with the junior side. The Ballysteen man is pictured here in action against David Goold of Cork in the 2011 McGrath Cup.
BACKED by 10 members of the county U-21 panel, the Limerick junior footballers will play in the customary curtain-raiser in the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday (5.00) against Cork in the Munster JFC.

BACKED by 10 members of the county U-21 panel, the Limerick junior footballers will play in the customary curtain-raiser in the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday (5.00) against Cork in the Munster JFC.

The juniors and U-21s had a combined management - Tom McGlinchey, Eamon O’Neill (Ballylanders), Conor Murphy (Monegea) and Billy Mangan (Mungret).

“While the majority of the panel are U-21 there is also a nice blend of experience throughout the panel with former senior players Shane Gallagher, Garret Noonan, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Kieran O’Callaghan and John Mullane on the panel,” explained manager Tom McGlinchey.

“We have kept faith with a large quantity of the U-21 panel so as to keep a level of continuity going between the two panels with the objective that some of these players will eventually move onto play senior some day.”

Danny Neville and James Brouder have both been involved with Maurice Horan’s senior this season and drop down to the junior side for this match.

The juniors took place against Kerry (twice), Tipperary, Clare, St Patrick’s and Aherlow.

“Cork were All-Ireland junior champions in 2011 and as a result are able to call on those players that won medals two years ago as well as a number of their talented U-21 panel that contested the All-Ireland final in Pairc nanGael three weeks ago,” said McGlinchey.

“Not many outside the panel and management give them a chance but you know anything can happen in championship football.”

LIMERICK PANEL - John O’Sullivan (Bruff), Eoin Fitzgibbon (Oola), Franncis O’Riordan (St Senan’s), Seamus Hayes (Pallasgreen), Stephen Hodnett (Kildimo-Pallaskenery), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenery), Declan Connors (Ballylanders), Shane Gallagher (Ballysteen), Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Dinny Aherne (Kilteely-Dromkeen), John Ryan (Cappamore), Seamus Humphries (Cappamore), Tony McMahon (Pallasgreen), Danny Neville (Ballysteen), James Brouder (Mountcollins), Tim Scanlon (Glin), Patrick O’Donnell (Galbally), Kieran O’Callaghan (Ballylanders), Peter Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenery), Bill Creamer (Cappamore), Kieran Larkin (Banogue), Andy Murphy (Cappamore), Kevin O’Donoghue (Hospital-Herbertstown), Steve Fox (Ballylanders), John Mullane (St Patrick’s), Aidan O’Sullivan (Bruff), Jamie Lee (Newcastle West), Paul White (St Mary’s-Sean Finns, Rathkeale).