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26 May 2022

Three changes in Limerick hurling team to play Clare in Sunday's Munster Cup final

Three changes in Limerick hurling team to play Clare in Sunday's Munster Cup final

Returning Gearoid Hegarty

THERE are three changes to the Limerick team for Sunday's Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup final against Clare.

The final of the early season provincial competition takes place in Cusack Park in Ennis this January 23 at 2pm.

Barry Nash will captain Limerick and bid to follow in the footsteps of recent Limerick Munster League winning captains; Cian Lynch (2020) and Paul Browne (2018).

The initial ticket allocation of 5,000 sold out in just over 45-minutes on Wednesday morning but an extra 3,000 were allocated this Friday evening after the latest Government Covid-19 briefing. All tickets must be bought in advance as there will be no tickets sales at the venue on Sunday.

The new tickets went on sale online at 9pm this Friday night - purchase here. 

Into John Kiely's team for Sunday are All Stars Gearoid Hegarty and William O'Donoghue, along with Paddy O'Loughlin who is set to make his first start since a February 2020 Allianz League win over Cork.

It's a first appearance of the 2022 season for 2020 Hurler of the Year Hegarty, while O'Donoghue and O'Loughlin were both introduced as subs in last Sunday's 30-point win over Kerry.

Limerick have named just a panel of 22 players, with Seamus Flanagan the only addition from last weekend.

Both Brian O'Grady and Conor Boylan drop out of the starting line-up and are listed among the substitutes.

Mark Quinlan drops out of the panel due to injury, while Patrick O'Donovan is also absent from the matchday panel. 

After Sunday in Ennis, Limerick will turn attentions to the Allianz Hurling League with a round one tie away to Wexford on  Sunday February 6.

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe); Barry Nash (South Liberties), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Richie English (Doon); Colin Coughlan (Ballybrown), Ronan Connolly (Adare), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock); Rory Duff (Mungret St Pauls), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsiagh); Cathal O’Neill (Crecora-Manister), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Darren O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Pat Ryan (Doon), Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock). Subs: Nickie Quaid (Effin), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Adam English (Doon), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Brian O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen).

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