Unchanged Limerick minor football team for Clare clash

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick minor James Ryan in action against Cork in the Munster MFC
THE Limerick minor football selectors have given a vote of confidence to their team for Wednesday’s Munster MFC clash with Clare.

THE Limerick minor football selectors have given a vote of confidence to their team for Wednesday’s Munster MFC clash with Clare.

For the third game in a row Limerick manager Jerry O’Sullivan has named the same line-up to do battle.

The Limerick and Clare provincial U-18 football clash takes place in Cusack Park in Ennis this Wednesday (7.00).

The prize for the winner is a semi final with Tipperary.

Limerick go to Ennis on the back of defeat to Cork and then victory over Waterford. Clare lost to Kerry in their round one game.

The Limerick minor footballers are now chasing a Munster MFC semi final spot after ending a 10-game losing streak in the provincial championship.

“After the first half, you wouldn’t have expected too much out of us. I think we were down nine points at one stage. Look, there was a few choice words in the dressing-room at half-time and you wouldn’t have wanted to be outside of the door listening in. We’d a look at our performance. We didn’t perform in the first half. I just told them to get back to the basics, to the simple things, tagging on our scores and the goal chances will come. And they did. Like the last night, we fought to the end and we finished the stronger,” said a delighted Limerick minor football manager Jerry O’Sullivan.

The manager agreed that winning a game from nowhere was the perfect preparation for Wednesday’s game away to Clare.

“We’ve a chance now of making it to the Munster semi-final. If you said that at the start of the year, fellas would be thinking you’d got two heads. This is my third year as manager. We lost to Clare last year and the year before in the qualifier and also at U-17 last year. But it may be third time lucky for us this year,” said O’Sullivan.

LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy (Fr Caseys); David Hanley (Ballysteen), Luke O’Connell (Mungret), Fionn Murphy (Killteely-Dromkeen); John Wallace (Glin), Sean Ivess (Newcastle West), Sean Murphy (Newcastle West); Adam Kerins (St Senans), Michael Whelan (Hospital-Herbertstown); Andrew White (Rathkeale), Mikey Morrissey (Rathkeale), Ed Sheehy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Diarmuid Kelly (Newcastle West), Mark Connolly (Adare), James Ryan (Athea).