NINE members of Limerick’s back-to-back Munster minor championship winning sides are included in the county U-21 side to play Tipperary in this Thursday’s Munster U-21 semi final.
Seven of the team named by John Kiely were om the starting line-up 12-months ago when Limerick lost to Clare in the Munster U-21 championship - Mark O’Callaghan, Richie English, Diarmaid Byrnes, Cian Lynch; David Dempsey, Kevin O’Brien and Pat Ryan.
Cian Lynch is the only member of the Limerick team with senior inter-county championship experience.
Diarmaid Byrnes will captain the Limerick team from wing back. The half back line is completed by Barry O’Connell and Gearoid Hegarty. O’Connell is played his fourth season at U-21 level and has a winners medal from 2011. The defensive trio is completed by Limerick senior footballer Gearoid Hegarty.
Na Piarsaigh, Doon and Patrickswell have three representatives each on the team.
Limerick will be bidding to reach a July 30 Munster final against Clare or Waterford.
LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe); Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell). Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Sean Finn (Bruff), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Jody Hannon (Adare), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), David Condron (Granagh-Ballingarry), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Jack Kelliher (Patrickswell), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell).