Limerick’s Pallasgreen face Finuge in Munster IFC

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Pallasgreen bid to become the first ever Limerick club side to beat Kerry opposition in the Munster club football championship this Sunday.

Pallasgreen bid to become the first ever Limerick club side to beat Kerry opposition in the Munster club football championship this Sunday.

IT’S not quite mission impossible but since the Munster club SFC commenced in 1964 and the intermediate and junior equivalents started in 2003, Kerry have always prevailed over Limerick.

Standing between Pallasgreen and another Munster IFC final are Kerry champions Finuge, who they play in the Munster club IFC on Sunday at 2.00 in Bruff.

Back in 2005, Pallas beat the Waterford and Tipperary champions to reach the Munster final.

They eventually lost out to Carbery Rangers under lights in Pairc Ui Rinn in the final just days before Christmas.

Nine years ago they were the two Limerick side to reach the competition final inside three years. St Senans were beaten in the 2003 final by Cork’s Illen Rovers after they were extra time semi-final winners over John Mitchells of Kilmacthomas (Waterford).

Since Pallasgreen’s final appearance the Limerick record in this championship is not so impressive.

Now are chasing another final appearance but the obstacle could not be any greater.

Kerry clubs have won the last six Munster IFC crowns and with former Football of the Year Paul Galvin and newly appointed Kerry senior football manager Eamon Fitzmaurice in ther panel, Finuge certainly won’t want to end the Kingdom dominance.

The bookies make the north Kerry side the 2/7 hot favourites with Pallasgreen available at 3/1.

Just a week after winning their county final replay against Claughaun, Pallasgreen travelled to Cappoquin last Sunday to beat their champions Ballinameela.

“We took it seriously - we celebrated for a few days so we weren’t sure how we would go but we took our chances, especially with the two goals inside three minutes,” recalled Pallasgreen captain Lorcan O’Dwyer this Wednesday afternoon.

The inter-county man said that there was a “buzz” about the east Limerick club at present.

“We had two bus load of supporters down in Waterford and out numbered them four or five to one. I am sure everyone will travel over to Bruff as well and maybe a few neutrals will come along to cheer us on,” he said.

O’Dwyer added: “I’ve no doubt that a few will come along to see Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice as well”.

“It’s going to be a great day - they are the hot favourites and that’s no surprise given they are the Kerry champions but we want to have a cut off it and that’s what we will do and if we lose it won’t be the end of the world,” outlined the centre back, who was wing back in the 2005 final.

“There is a buzz around the club at the moment. These are the games that you want to play. I have played against the top teams with Limerick but for club players you always want to test yourself against the best,” explained O’Dwyer.

They don’t come much bigger than Paul Galvin, who this week launched his own website www.thisispaulgalvin.com

“Paul Galvin is only one player but you want to play against the best players and everyone is looking forward to it,” said the Pallasgreen captain.

“The ambition for the year was to win the county. We left ourselves down last year. We think we are good enough to play senior and we have done that. Anything now is a bonus,” said O’Dwyer.

While much attention will focus on Paul Galvin on Sunday, Finuge are far from a one-man team.

Galvin has played in midfield of late and is joined in the engine room by fellow Kerry senior panellist, Maurice Corridan.

Former inter-county centre back Eamon Fitzmaurice is now the target man at full forward.

They have scoring forwards in James Flaherty and John Griffin.

The bad news for Pallasgreen is confirmation that midfielder Jonathan Deere will again miss the game. He suffered fractured bone in his foot during the county final and was absent last weekend in Waterford.

His present in midfield would be vital against Finuge.

Sunday’s teams are bidding to reach a November 25 Munster IFC final against either Clare’s O’Currys or Cork’s St Vincents, who also play this weekend.