Newcastle West bid to end poor Limerick record in Munster club SFC

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Newcastle West captain Stephen Nix lifts the Limerick SFC trophy
NEWCASTLE West make their third trip into the Munster club championship this Sunday (2.00) when they travel to Clonmel to play Clonmel Commercials in the provincial quarter final.

NEWCASTLE West make their third trip into the Munster club championship this Sunday (2.00) when they travel to Clonmel to play Clonmel Commercials in the provincial quarter final.

Back in 1987 the west Limerick men reached the Munster final, losing to Nemo Rangers.

On Sunday they travel to Clonmel attempting to end six seasons without a win for the Limerick champions in the Munster club SFC.

Indeed the last win was in 2008 when Dromcollogher-Broadford lifted the title.

The Tipperary record is even worse with the 2006 Aherlow win over Fr Caseys in Abbeyfeale the last success in the province for their champions.

The last Limerick side to meet Clonmel Commercials in Munster was Monaleen in 2002 when the city side were 1-10 to 1-5 semi final winners in the Gaelic Grounds.

That year of 2002 saw Clonmel win the 14th of their 16 Tipperary crowns. Part of that winning side was two Newcastle West brothers Tommy and Kevin Kelly, who had previously won Limerick titles with Newcastle West before moving to Tipperary.

This time round the key men for Clonmel are Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahey and Seamus Kennedy. Clonmel played in the province in 2012 but lost to Dr Crokes in Killarney.

They will have that experience to draw upon on Sunday but for their part Newcastle West have their own experience with Stephen Kelly, Mike McMahon, Stephen Nix and John Joe Sheehy the elder statesmen.

Even the likes of Iain Corbett, Jamie Lee, James Kelly and Cian Sheehan have been involved in big match days with Limerick. Manager Mike Quilligan will want a repeat of the first half of the county final and that could be sufficient for a win.

The prize for Sunday’s winners is a home semi final against Miltown Malbay of north Clare on November 15.