Two debuts in Limerick football team to play Sligo

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

New Limerick football manager John Brudair
LIMERICK’S new senior football management have named two debutantes in their first competitive team.

LIMERICK’S new senior football management have named two debutantes in their first competitive team.

John Brudair and his backroom team confirmed their line-up to play Sligo in round one of the Allianz National Football League after training this Thursday evening.

For the trip to Sligo on Sunday, Limerick have two newcomers - Eoin Hanrahan and Micheal Brosnan.

Both are named in the half forward line alongside captain Seanie Buckley, who is entering his 10th season in the Limerick colours.

Hanrahan is from the St Patrick’s club in Limerick city and is a former Ireish junior international soccer player.

He is named at centre forward after impressing in his club’s run to the semi-finals of the Limerick SFC in 2013 - when coached by now Limerick manager Brudair.

Brudair will also be very familiar with the other newcomer Brosnan - both come from the home of county champions, Drom-Broadford.

Although without the services of eight players that saw championship action in 2013, the line-up is still pretty strong.

Fr Caseys duo Paudie Browne and Mike Sheehan form the centre of the defence with Johnny McCarthy and Pa Ranahan two regular fixtures in the defensive unit.

Newcastle West’s Iain Corbett is named at wing back after previously playing in midfield and attack.

Darragh Treacy joins Tom Lee in midfield.

In attack, the inside trio look to carry much scoring threat with Ian Ryan returning after a long injury lay-off to join Ger Collins and Seamus O’Carroll.

Eight of the team started Limerick’s last competitive fixture, which was last June’s All-Ireland Qualifier loss to Longford.

LIMERICK - Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Lorcan O’Dwyer (Pallasgreen), Paudie Browne (Fr Caseys), Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans); Iain Corbett (Newcastle West), Mike Sheehan (Fr Caseys), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), Darragh Treacy (St Kierans); Micheal Brosnan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Eoin Hanrahan (St Patricks), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh-Kilcornan), Ger Collins (Monaleen), Ian Ryan (St Senans).