Injury doubts for U-21’s, Kilcoyne and Zebo get chance to shine, McNamara calls it quits and Paulie backed for French success are the big talking points in Limerick sports today.
Kiely’s injury worries ahead of Galway clash
Limerick U-21 manager John Kiely has three injury concerns in the lead up to their All Ireland semi-final game against Galway. Patrickswell’s Kevin O’Brien missed the Munster final win over Clare with a hand injury and has now being joined on the sidelines by Gearoid Hegarty and Robbie Hanley. On the back of this Kiely and his management team have added four new faces to the panel, minor duo Peter Casey and Seamus Flanagan have been called up as have Barry Nash and Dean Coleman.
Rugby - Munster duo in starting 15 for Scottish test
Dave Kilcoyne and Simon Zebo have their opportunity to show their talents in Ireland’s latest world cup warm up game. Kilcoyne starts at loosehead prop while Zebo gets a rare outing at full back. Both came on as subs against Wales and will hope that strong performances against Vern Cotter’s Scotland will secure their place in Joe Schmidt’s world cup squad. Irish captain Paul O’Connell is named on the bench as are Leinster’s Limerick contingent, Sean Cronin and Eoin Reddan.
Horse Racing - McNamara calls time on successful jockey career
Croom’s Andrew McNamara has announced his decision to retire from race riding. The fifteen time Grade 1 winning National Hunt jockey will end his 16 year career at Tramore this weekend. Standing at six foot tall, McNamara was one of the tallest jockeys around and due to ongoing back trouble, he has been advised to retire from race riding. The former Crescent College student plans to take up racehorse training later in the year and will continue working as a presenter for RTÉ Racing and as Secretary of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.
Rugby - Prendergast backs O’Connell to be Toulon hit
Former Munster scrum half and current Grenoble backs coach Mike Prendergast has backed Paul O’Connell to be a big success in the south of France. Prendergast is also a former team mate of O’Connell’s at Young Munster as well as at provincial level. “He (O’Connell) is a top professional and is in unbelievably good nick. I think they will manage him well. He’s going into a world-class team, but there will be pressure because they’ll expect a lot from him. He’s the type of guy who has done it over the years.”
Soccer - Trip to Cork tonight for in form Limerick FC
The Super Blues travel to Turners Cross on the back of two wins in a row and face a Cork side gunning for the title. Martin Caulfield’s Cork outfit will pose a dangerous threat to an improving Limerick team. Martin Russell will be without the suspended duo Patrick Kanyuka and Shaun Kelly for the Cork game but both are available for the visit of Longford Town to the Markets Field on Monday night. “There is a feel good factor at the moment that we have to utilise and remain positive. We go to Cork first and we want to be competitive there,” Russell said ahead of the Cork game.
GAA - Tipp are bookies favourites to overcome Galway challenge
Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary side are the firm favourites to win their All Ireland Hurling semi final and set up another final date with Kilkenny. Galway will provide tough opposition for the Premier county but O’Shea’s charges should have enough to overcome their challenge. If as expected, they do, it is Kilkenny that will be the opposition for the second year running in the hurling season’s showpiece.
Soccer - Hip and knee injuries force Fahey to retire
Former Republic of Ireland international midfielder Keith Fahey has had to hang up his boots Shamrock Rovers have confirmed. Fahey won 16 caps for his country, scoring three goals. The most successful time in his career was his five years at Birmingham City. “After taking advice from the doctor and surgeon, I feel that it is the right time to finish playing professional football. I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me, managed me and played with me during my time playing football,” Fahey told the Shamrock Rovers website.
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