No fresh injury worries for U-21’s, big guns to meet in Munster Senior Cup and O’Connor resigns as minor hurling manager are the major talking points in today’s Limerick sports update
GAA - Shock as Leo resigns as minor manager
Leo O’Connor has left his post as Limerick minor hurling manager. O’Connor informed the county board this morning of his decision that he would not be seeing out the second year of his term. Under his management the team got to the Munster Final this year but lost out to Tipperary in the final and then again to Galway in the All Ireland quarter-finals.
Rugby - Old rivals face off in Senior Cup
Garryowen and Shannon have been drawn to face each other in the first round of the 2015-2016 Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup. AIL Division 1B side Shannon will host local rivals and last season’s finalists Garryowen in their last 16 Munster Senior Cup tie on October 24. Elsewhere, in the first round of the Munster Senior Cup, Thomond will host Charity Cup finalists Young Munster in an all-Limerick first round tie. The winners of this fixture will then face the winners of the UL Bohemian and Cashel tie. Old Crescent will travel to Midleton in the opening round, with the winners taking on either Bruff or UCC in the quarter-finals.
GAA - Hanley the only injury doubt ahead of final
Limerick’s U-21 hurling team have no new injury worries ahead of the All Ireland Final against Wexford on September 12. Kilmallock’s Robbie Hanley missed the semi final win over Galway and remains the only concern ahead of the September 12 final against Wexford in Thurles. Last weekend the vast majority of his 40-man panel were in club championship action and returned to inter-county training this week with just “a few lumps and bumps”, said manager John Kiely. “Captain Diarmaid Byrnes and Gearoid Hegarty were carrying knocks after the semi final but both lined out with their clubs last weekend. “Everyone else is 100%,” reported Kiely.
GAA - Connolly ban upheld as Mayo are unchanged for replay
Dublin forward Diarmuid Connolly is to miss Saturday’s All Ireland Football semi-final replay after the card he received in the first game was not rescinded. Connolly was sent off in injury time for an off the ball incident with Mayo’s Lee Keegan. Mayo, meanwhile, have named an unchanged side for the replay so there is no place in the starting lineup for Andy Moran or Barry Moran. Joint managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have opted to keep faith with the same 15 players who started Sunday’s game.
Golf - McIlroy will play in end of season European showpiece
World number one Rory McIlroy has been given a special exemption by the European Tour in order for him to play in the lucrative end of season Race to Dubai. An ankle injury has curtailed McIlroy this season and he has only played 12 out of the minimum 13 events needed to qualify, even though he sits on top of the rankings. The European Tour have taken the unprecedented step to ensure that their star draw will be available for their showpiece end of season series.
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