Three changes to the Limerick minor hurling team

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick captain Eoghan McNamara
LIMERICK’S minor hurling management have made three changes to their side for Wednesday’s Munster MHC play-off with Waterford.

LIMERICK’S minor hurling management have made three changes to their side for Wednesday’s Munster MHC play-off with Waterford.

Leo O’Connor brings his side to Semple Stadium in Thurles (7.00) bidding to book a Munster semi final against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds on July 1.

As well as changes in personnel, O’Connor, coach Anthony Daly and selectors; Brian Foley, John Mulqueen and Pat Donnelly have made a series of positional switches to the side that lost to Cork in round one in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Five of the Limerick team remain from the side that beat Waterford to retain the Munster title in a replay last July in Thurles - Eoghan McNamara, Paddy O’Loughlin, Conor Byrnes, Seamus Flanagan and Peter Casey.

Back into the team after injury are Brian Ryan and Conor Houlihan, both of whom were part of the panel that reached the All Ireland final last September.

Also into the team comes Willie O’Meara, who impressed as a sub in the defeat to Cork.

Dropping out of the line-up are Ciaran O’Connor, Colum Carroll and Micheal Bourke,

There are alterations to every line of the Limerick team, which is captained by goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara.

His Doon colleague Thomas Hayes moves from midfield to corner back, while Houlihan comes into the side at wing back.

The new midfielder partnership is O’Meara and Thomas Grimes, who started wing forward in Cork.

Seamus Flanagan moves from full forward to centre forward with Kyle Hayes continuing on one wing and Brian Ryan getting the No12 jersey fresh from his total of 2-4 in South Liberties’ Limerick SHC win over Murroe-Boher last Friday.

Peter Casey moves from centre forward to corner forward to join Darragh Carroll and Barry Murphy in the inside line of attack.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamama (Doon); Thomas Hayes (Doon), Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), Jack O Grady (Knockainey); Conor Byrnes (Murroe-Boher), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh); Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Willie O’Meara (Askeaton); Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh Castlemahon), Brian Ryan (South Liberties); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Murphy (Doon), Darragh Carroll (Kilteely-Dromkeen). Subs: Adam O’Brien (Ahane), Ciaran O’Connor (Kilmallock,), Colum Carroll (Ahane), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Mikey Mackey (Adare), Eoin Ryan (Adare), Paudie Ahern (Kileedy), Micheal Bourke (Garryspillane), Darren Golden (Monaleen).