Captain O’Grady returns in only change to Limerick hurling team

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick team to play Kilkenny in All Ireland semi-final
CAPTAIN Donal O’Grady returns to the Limerick hurling team for Sunday’s All Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny.

CAPTAIN Donal O’Grady returns to the Limerick hurling team for Sunday’s All Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny.

The return of the Granagh-Ballingarry centre forward is the only change from the side that beat Wexford in the quarter-final by 24-points.

O’Grady is named at centre forward with Declan Hannon and David Breen as wing forwards.

Thirty-four year old O’Grady replaces Tom Ryan.

Only time will tell how TJ Ryan’s team line out but Kevin Downes is selected at full forward with Shane Dowling at corner forward.

The Limerick defence and midfield remain unchanged for the fourth successive game.

Limerick complete their preparations with a training session in the Gaelic Grounds on Friday evening.

They travel by train to Dublin on Sunday morning for the 3.30 throw-in in Croke Park.

Sunday’s semi-final will be televised live on both RTE and Sky Sports.

Westmeath’s James McGrath is the referee for the contest to decide who plays either Cork or Tipperary in the September 7 All Ireland SHC final.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; Paul Browne, James Ryan; David Breen, Donal O’Grady, Declan Hannon; Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes, Graeme Mulcahy.