Limerick U21s face might of champions Cork

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick U-21 goalkeeper James O'Mara pictured during last year's Munster Championship defeat to Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn
THE first Limerick GAA side into 2015 Munster Championship action take to the field this Wednesday evening when the U-21 footballers play Cork in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30.

THE first Limerick GAA side into 2015 Munster Championship action take to the field this Wednesday evening when the U-21 footballers play Cork in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30.

Limerick are without key defender Sean O’Dea, who was forced off injured after just three minutes of Sunday’s Allianz League defeat to Wexford. Both Stephen Cahill and Cian Sheehan picked up injuries in that game but are named in the U-21 team.

But there is still plenty experience in the Limerick line-up with five players that have featured in the league this season - captain Hegarty, Cahill, Sheehan, Cillian Fahy and Jason Mullins. Others like Tony McCarthy, Sean Barrett, James O’Mara and Chris Smith have also featured in Limerick senior football match panels in 2015.

But Limerick are facing five-in-a-row chasing Cork. Last year Cork were 3-15 to 0-8 winners and seven of this team played.

Limerick are managed by Newcastle West’s Declan Brouder with Moss McCarthy (Dromcollogher-Broadford) and Ger O’Connor (Fr Caseys) as his selectors.

Fifteen years ago Brouder was centre forward on the only Limerick team to win a Munster U-21 championship.

Enroute to that title Limerick beat Cork.

“The comparisons I would see are that we were big outsiders to beat Cork and next week we will again be big outsiders to beat Cork,“ said Brouder.

“Cork are going for a five in a row and are the super power of Munster underage football - but we are really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said Brouder.

“We are happy with the work that we have done and matches have been played against club, college and county U-21 teams,” outlined the manager, who is in his second season as a selector with John Brudair’s Limerick senior footballers.

Limerick have selected a team from thirteen different clubs with Abbeyfeale’s Fr Caseys and city side St Patricks the only clubs with two players in the line-up.

“Cork are going for a five in a row and are the super power of Munster underage football - but we are really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said Brouder.

“We have an enthusiastic bunch of players who want to play football for Limerick. They are very committed and are an honest bunch of players.”

LIMERICK: James O’Mara (Fr Caseys); Shane Cusack (Monaleen), Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), Sean Barrett (Bruff); Chris Smith (Fr Caseys), Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry); William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Evan Quinlan (Monaleen), Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), Killian Ryan (Mungret); Kevin Moore (Glin), Jack English (Adare), Jason Mullins (St Patricks).

CORK: Michael Martin; Dylan Quinn, Jamie Davis, Stephen Cronin; Tomas O’Rourke, Sean White, Kevin Crowley; Darragh Murphy, Ian Maguire; Alan O’Donovan, Conor Horgan, Ryan Harkin; Cathal Vaughan, Peter Kelleher, Sean O’Donoghue.