THE Limerick senior football team to play in Saturday’s Munster SFC quarter final will have four championship debutantes.
John Brudair’s selection was confirmed this Wednesday evening and has a youthful look about it for the trip to Cusack Park in Ennis.
Making their first championship appearances are defensive trio Robert Browne (Fr Caseys), Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins) and Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher-Broadford), while there is also a first championship appearance in attack for Peter Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry).
As well as that quartet, Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks) will be making his first Munster championship start as he was introduced as a sub in last year’s defeat to Tipperary.
The team is captained by Seanie Buckley, who is the only slight injury concern with a hamstring strain.
Johnny McCarthy lines out for a 12th championship season in a new-look defence that is without the services of Paudie Browne, who emigrated since the league ended.
In total there are four U-21s in the line-up - O’Dea, Cahill, Fahy and Hegarty.
Just seven members of the team remain from the side that lost to Tipperary last year in the provincial championship - Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Iain Corbett, Tom Lee, Darragh Treacy, Seanie Buckley and Ian Ryan.
LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Robert Browne; Iain Corbett, Cillian Fahy, Stephen Cahill; Tom Lee, Gearoid Hegarty; John Riordan, Pa Ranahan, Darragh Treacy; Peter Nash, Seanie Buckley (capt), Ian Ryan.