Limerick footballers reveal line-up for Munster SFC

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick's Andy Lane and Cork's Daniel Goulding (pictured above in 2010) will renew rivalries at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night. [Picture: Sportsfile]
LIMERICK have handed debuts to two players for Saturday evening’s Munster senior football championship quarter-final.

LIMERICK have handed debuts to two players for Saturday evening’s Munster senior football championship quarter-final.

And, opponents Cork have selected five players to make their first Munster SFC starts.

The counties clash in the opening game of the provincial championship this Saturday evening at 7.00 in the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick manager Maurice Horan has handed first championship starts to Monaleen’s Donal O’Sullivan in goals and Bruff’s Boby O’Brien in midfield.

O’Sullivan has provided back-up to Brian Scanlon in recent years but impressed when Scanlon sustained an injury during the National League.

Although only 22 years old, Bobby O’Brien did make championship appearances as a sub in both 2009 and 2012 but Saturday will be his first start.

The Limerick team shows three changes from the side that beat Offaly in Croke Park to win the Division Four league title.

Andy Lane and Johnny McCarthy missed that final due to injury and both return to the full back line.

Losing out are Stephen Lucey and Lorcan O’Dwyer, who are both among the subs for a game that won’t be televised live on television.

In attack, Limerick chief scorer Ian Ryan misses out due to injury, but back into the team comes Ger Collins, who missed the league final win due to illness.

Conor Counihan’s Cork has five new faces.

Goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran and corner back Damien Cahalane and wing back Tomas Clancy are all making their start championship starts.

In attack Brian Hurley and John O’Rourke get starts - both played against Limerick in the U-21 championship earlier this year.

LIMERICK - Donal O’Sullivan; Andrew Lane, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Stephen Lavin, Padraig Browne, Pa Ranahan; John Galvin, Bobby O’Brien; John Riordan, Tom Lee, Seanie Buckley; Ger Collins, Iain Corbett, Eoghan O’Connor.

CORK - Ken O’Halloran; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Sheilds, Damien Cahalane; Paudie Kissane, Graham Canty, Tomas Clancy; Pierse O’Neill, Aidan Walsh; Ciaran Sheehan, Paddy Kelly, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan.