Limerick to hold Galvin in reserve

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick's John Galvin
STAR Limerick football midfielder John Galvin is likely to be held in reserve for Sunday’s make-or-break final round Allianz Football League game against Clare.

STAR Limerick football midfielder John Galvin is likely to be held in reserve for Sunday’s make-or-break final round Allianz Football League game against Clare.

Ahead of the final round game, in Cusack Park in Ennis at 3.00, Limerick sit on top of Division Four and appear on course for one of the two promotion spots.

However Limerick will need to get at least a draw to ensure promotion and a place in the April 26 league final in Croke Park.

Clare need to win to force their way into the promotion places, with Tipperary and Offaly also in contention and due to play each other this Sunday.

Technically, Limerick can lose and still progress, but a drew or a win would keep progression in their own hands.

Inspirational midfielder John Galvin returned to action against London two weeks ago but it appears he will again be among the subs on Sunday in Ennis.

Galvin is still short of match fitness after almost a year on the sidelines after a second cruciate ligament operation.

Goalkeeper Brian Scanlon should return after missing recent games due to injury, but Stephen Kelly, Jim O’Donovan, Stephen Lucey and John Cooke remain sidelined.

“Division Four is arguably one of the most competitive of all because everyone is so desperate to get out of it. We’ve seen how long it took Wicklow to do it,” said Limerick manager Maurice Horan.

“It’s been as tight as ever this year, every team has taken points off others and a lot of counties who started the season badly seem to be finishing it strongly. Up until the penultimate round every team still, technically, had a chance to make the final and there’s still four of us in the hunt,” said Horan.

“There’s also three Munster teams battling for two promotion places which makes it particularly interesting for us.

“Apart from promotion we’d love to make the final because it would give us another competitive game and, given that we’re not playing Cork in the Munster championship until May 25, that would be very important for us also.”