First Limerick, now Cappamore go for Munster glory

PROVINCIAL titles for South Liberties and Blackrock made 2009 a memorable year for Limerick club hurling. Already this season, Na Piarsaigh and Effin victories have seen 2011 trump two years ago and Cappamore look to complete a unique hat-trick.

PROVINCIAL titles for South Liberties and Blackrock made 2009 a memorable year for Limerick club hurling.

Already this season, Na Piarsaigh and Effin victories have seen 2011 trump two years ago and Cappamore look to complete a unique hat-trick.

Indeed the clean sweep of Munster club hurling titles has only been completed once - by Cork clubs in 2005.

Not since the 1980s has Cappamore hurling enjoyed such success and their absence from the senior ranks still hurts many out the eastern way.

From the outset of this season securing a return to the intermediate grade was paramount.

The county league title gave them the confidence to push towards championship success after a brief stay in the junior ranks.

The east final defeat to Doon was a set-back but gave them the focus to push towards county honours.

Still consistency has been a problem for Daniel O’Donnell’s side. Even in the three game saga in the county final against Kilmallock we saw the best and worst of Cappamore.

Perhaps the pressure of the occasion could be blamed for they appeared to play with a greater abandon in the Munster semi-final against Ballinameela.

But the provincial championship draw was kind to Cappamore with home advantage against the champions from a county with a terrible record at this record.

Sunday will be a huge step up in class again for the men in green and gold and nothing but a repeat of last Saturday’s performance against Kilmallock will see them add more silverware.

Cappamore had much to celebrate this week and on Sunday will look to get off to a flying start to ensure they get to the pace of the game early.

One of Charleville’s main attacking threats is full forward James O’Brien and the teenager will take some watching by Seamus Lane. Cappamore’s half back line of Mark Treacy, Brian Coffey and John Ryan have been impressive this season and if they can dominate once more the supply of ball to the lively Cork full forward line could be disrupted.

The return from suspension of Declan Deere adds extra strength to the Cappamore midfield and they will need a full 60 minutes from this sector which struggled at times against Kilmallock.

In attack, Tommie O’Donoghue and Eamonn Gleeson are the stars but both will need to find form together. Goals from Andy Murphy and Conor Sheehan have been key to date, especially when keeping a clean sheet is not the norm.

The pressure is off after the county win - Cappamore can thrown caution to the wind and upset the odds.