Limerick footballers ready for action

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

MONALEEN’S Paul Kinnerk lines out in midfield on Sunday as he kicks off a hectic 2012 season.

MONALEEN’S Paul Kinnerk lines out in midfield on Sunday as he kicks off a hectic 2012 season.

The 25-year-old is to undertake a most unusual dual role for the year ahead - a PE teacher in St Caimin’s of Shannon, Kinnerk is to combine playing with the Limerick senior footballers, while also coaching the Clare senior hurlers.

After two years as coach to the Clare minor hurlers, Kinnerk was asked by Davy Fitzgerald to join his back room team with The Banner seniors.

After consultation with Maurice Horan, Kinnerk jumped at the chance to become the forwards coach to the Clare senior hurlers.

And, on top of all that he is also selector with the Clare U-21 hurling side.

Not to mention Kinnerk and Monaleen’s quest to win a hat-trick of Limerick SFC titles.

There is no doubting that there are hectic times ahead for Kinnerk but this Sunday, his focus will be on the colours of UCC as Limerick begin another new season.

Ahead of the season opener, Maurice Horan is in upbeat form but looking to amend the mistake of last season and get some victories under their belts as soon as possible.

“Guys that played in a challenge game against Cork IT last week will get their chance on Sunday. They have all impressed in the club championship and have trained well so they deserve a chance,” explained Horan as he embarked on his second season as Limerick manager.

“The ideal scenario is that we get two games at least in the McGrath Cup so that we play some competitive games before the league.”

But Limerick will be planning for Sunday without a host of regulars with only Johnny McCarthy, Pa Ranahan and Ger Collins offering experience.

Providing the opposition in the first inter-county competitive game to be played in Mick Neville Park is UCC, who beat Monaleen after extra time in the Munster club championship.

“They are the best college team in Ireland over the last year with a Sigerson Cup and then winning the Cork championship and reaching the Munster final against Dr Crokes,” explained Horan.

Injuries and college commitments mean that Limerick manager Maurice Horan will be using the McGrath Cup to experiment with six fresh faces - Eoin Barry (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Dara Treacy (St Kierans), Philip Maloney (Glin), Michael Quilligan (Newcastle West), Dinny Ahern (Kilteely-Dromkeen) and Donagh Kelly (Fr Caseys) all handed first competitive appearances.

LIMERICK - Brian Scanlon; Mike McCormack, Johnny McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dwyer; Eoin Barry, John Riordan, Pa Ranahan; Eoin Joy, Paul Kinnerk, Dara Treacy, Michael Quilligan, Philip Maloney, Ger Collins, Dinny Ahern, Donagh Kelly.