Limerick hurlers set for Tipp challenge

LAST season’s Limerick senior hurling captain, David Breen, will be suspended for Sunday’s championship dress rehearsal against Tipperary.

LAST season’s Limerick senior hurling captain, David Breen, will be suspended for Sunday’s championship dress rehearsal against Tipperary.

The Na Piarsaigh man was dismissed last weekend in Limerick’s preliminary round win over Mary Immaculate College.

The wing forward was only sent-off for two yellow card offences in the closing stages of that 11-point victory.

But Breen will miss Sunday’s Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final after confirmation from Croke Park that he is to be suspended for two-weeks as the dismissal was his second on the inter-county stage in the last 12-months.

The previous dismissal came in the 2012 league against Wexford.

The loss of Breen means that Limerick manager John Allen will be forced into at least one change for the Tipperary game.

Limerick are already without 12-players that are involved with their respective Third Level Colleges in the competition.

Indeed last weekend, Kevin Downes and Conor Allis played with Limerick on Saturday and 24-hours later lined out with NUI Galway and UCD respectively in the Walsh Cup.

The attacking duo could be asked to play another two games next weekend.

Downes’ Galway college side are due to play Kilkenny on Saturday, while Allis’ UCD are scheduled to play Dublin on Friday night.

This Thursday night, there will be six members of the Limerick senior panel involved with Limerick IT when they play Kerry in the quarter-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup.

Paudie O’Brien will lead the Limerick contingent on Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT panel.

Also included will be young guns; Alan Dempsey, Pat Begley, Paudie Ahern, Aaron Murphy and Seanie O’Brien.

Local club players involved will be Colin Madden (Bruff) and Ruairi O’Shaughnessy (Blackrock).

If Limerick overcome Tipperary next Sunday, they would play either Kerry or LIT in the competition semi-final.

While the championship meeting between Limerick and Tipp is still five months away, its a date to the forefront of John Allen’s mind.

“We are trying to build a team for June so its good to see players getting a chance. It’s a work in progress and it will be for another while,” said Allen of the shape of his Limerick team.

“At least its a win and we have another game.”

Allen added: “Nenagh next Sunday will be a different proposition. There is a new impetus and momentum there and it will be a measure of where we are at,” said Allen of the Tipperary game, which will be the first competitive outing for new Tipperary manager, Eamonn O’Shea.

“We are trying to arrive in June with our best players on the field. I would be quite pleased with training and fellas are vying for places on the panel and that is where you want to be and we are down 10/12 players, due to college, and that means that other fellas are getting a chance,” said Limerick manager John Allen.