Limerick college bid to get Fitzgibbon Cup reward in replay

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Dan Morrissey, UL, in action against Pauric Mahoney, WIT in the drawn Fitzgibbon Cup final
THE eagerly awaited replay of the Fitzgibbon Cup final takes place this Wednesday evening.

THE eagerly awaited replay of the Fitzgibbon Cup final takes place this Wednesday evening.

The clash of Limerick’s UL and Waterford IT goes ahead in Cork’s Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.30.

Ten days ago the thrilling drawn encounter was played in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds and was live on TG4 - there is no live television coverage tonight.

There are supporter’s buses travelling from UL - departing from outside the Stables Bar at 5.00. Tickets are €10 return and on sale from the Students Union reception.

Four time champions UL are managed by Clare All Ireland winner Brian Lohan with James Moran (Ahane) and Ken Ralph as selectors.

The Limerick side will have Clare senior hurler Jack Browne back in contention after he missed the drawn final due to suspension.

Ahane’s Dan Morrissey and Patrickswell’s Kevin O’Brien are likely to be in the UL starting team. Patrickswell’s Mark Carmody and Glenroe’s David McCarthy are also in the panel for the Third Level Colleges senior hurling championship decider.

UL are sweating on the fitness of Jason Forde and John McGrath, who both picked up knocks playing in the Allianz League with Tipperary on Sunday.

Key to the Limerick chances will be Clare’s Tony Kelly and David McInerney, Tipperary’s Forde, McGrath and Tommy Heffernan, Kilkenny’s Conor Martin and Waterford’s Stephen Bennett.

Waterford IT manager Colm Bonnar also has injury worries with Austin Gleeson and Joe O’Dwyer on the treatment table.

Waterford will have Doon’s Darragh Stapleton in goals.

Defending champions WIT are managed by Colm Bonner and have an array of Waterford inter-county players in their team - Gleeson, Pauric Mahony, Martin O’Neill, Gavin O’Brien and Jake Dillon. Also in their plans are Tipperary’s Liam McGrath and Tomas Hamill and Wexford’s Harry Kehoe.

The bookies predict another titanic struggle in Cork this evening with UL just the marginal favourites 8/11 favourites with WIT listed at 11/8.