Limerick Desmond in inter-league youths action

Limerick Desmond begin their FAI Inter-league Youths campaign on Saturday when they meet Kerry in Clounreask at 2.30.

Limerick Desmond begin their FAI Inter-league Youths campaign on Saturday when they meet Kerry in Clounreask at 2.30.

The other teams in the group are Cork and Limerick District.

This is the same group as last season, when Cork and Limerick Desmond qualified for the knockout stages, with Limerick Desmond going on to reach the quarter-finals, in which they lost away to Dublin.

Limerick Desmond’s opening group game last season was in Tralee and resulted in a 4-2 victory. None of the players from last season are still involved but continuity is offered in the person of Dean Maune. He was assistant to Brendan Walsh then but is now at the helm himself, assisted by fellow Rathkeale clubmen, John Coleman and Cian Shorten.

Maune picked his squad six weeks ago and they have been training since. To help them gel as a team, they have played challenge matches against Rathkeale, Creeves and Limerick Emerging Talent squad.

There is a big Newcastle West element in the 17-man panel, with Newcastle West and Newcastle West Rovers each supplying five players.

The full panel is as follows: James Cussen, Peter Shanahan, Andy Brouder, Paul Downes, Lukasz Tanczuk (Newcastle West), Shane Stack, Eoin Murphy, Dylan Griffin, Steven Carrig, Martin Madden (Newcastle West Rovers), Bob Keogh, Patrick Willmott (Rathkeale), James Naughton, James Bridgeman (Creeves Celtic), James O Brien (Broadford United) Eoin Cuddihy (Askeaton) and TJ Lane (Abbeyfeale United).

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