THE Limerick minor hurling team for Thursday’s Munster semi-final against Cork shows four changes from the side that beat Tipperary in the previous round.
Midfielder Cian O’Brien has been ruled out of the remainder of Limerick’s Munster minor hurling championship title defence. The Mungret man has sustained cruciate ligament damage and will be out for the rest of 2014. His absence of one of the changes.
Into the team come Na Piarsaigh duo Peter Casey and Thomas Grimes, Claughaun’s Conor Fitzgerald and Kilmallock’s Paddy O’Loughlin.
O’Loughlin is named at full back in place of Darragh Fanning. Grimes and Colin Ryan form a new-look midfield partnership. In attack Fitzgerald and Casey are both newcomers to the full forward line.
Dropping to the bench are Edward Doyle, Robbie Hanley and Fanning.
Thursday’s semi-final has a 7.30 start in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds as Brian Ryan’s side continue on the quest of first ever back-to-back Munster MHC titles.
LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon); Sean Finn (Bruff), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Jamie Porter (Monaleen); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen); Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun). Subs: Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Conor Byrnes (Munrroe-Boher), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Edward Doyle (Monaleen), Eoghan Costelloe (Adare), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Brian Ryan (South Liberties) Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh).