Lucey returns for Limerick footballers

THE Limerick team to face Longford in the All Ireland SFC qualifiers shows four changes from the side that lost to Clare in the Munster semi-final six weeks ago.

THE Limerick team to face Longford in the All Ireland SFC qualifiers shows four changes from the side that lost to Clare in the Munster semi-final six weeks ago.

Stephen Lucey, Jim O’Donovan, Andrew Lane and Eoghan O’Connor all come into the side as Stephen Lavin, Paul Kinnerk, Tom Lee and Iain Corbett make way.

Lavin and Lee have both left the country since the shock loss to Clare while Kinnerk, who has a busy day on Saturday as he is also involved with the Clare hurling backroom team, and Corbett drop to the bench.

It means a first championship start of the year for the long-serving Lucey at centre-back while O’Donovan forms a completely new midfield partnership with Seanie Buckley. Padraig Browne moves from defence to attack.

The game throws in at 2pm in Longford to allow supporters time to make it back to Thurles for the 7pm start of Clare and Limerick in the All Ireland SHC.

Longford, who have beaten Laois and Derry in this year’s championship but were beaten by Wexford after a replay in the Leinster championship, start at 4/9 favourites with Limerick at 9/4.

LIMERICK (V Longford): Brian Scanlon (Ger Griffins); Andrew Lane (Fr Casey’s), Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran’s), Lorcan O’Dwyer (Pallasgreen); John Riordan (Fr Casey’s), Stephen Lucey (Croom), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); Jim O’Donovan (St Kieran’s), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Eoghan O’Connor (St Mary’s-Sean Finns), Stephen Kelly (Newcastle West), Padraig Browne (Fr Casey’s); Ger Collins (Monaleen), Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh), Ian Ryan (St Senan’s)