A first Munster minor football final appearance in 18 years is the target for Limerick this Thursday evening.
But the Limerick teenagers must travel to Cork's Pairc Ui Rinn to face the home side in the Munster MFC semi final.
“It’s knockout and there is a prize for the winner and nothing for the loser,” said Limerick manager Jerry O’Sullivan ahead of Limerick’s first semi final since 2010.
”The prize is a Munster final and there is a further prize of an All Ireland quarter final place,” explained O’Sullivan.
Limerick have already played away to Clare, Tipperary and Waterford.
”It’s down in Pairc Ui Rinn and Cork will be strong. Any Cork team at underage will be strong. We are looking for a performance and if we get that the result will take care of itself. If we do get to a Munster final we will have played all counties away from home,” said O’Sullivan of opponents Cork, who beat Tipperary to reach the last four of the U-18 championship.
”The carrot is huge”, said the manager of a potential July 3 Munster final against Kerry or Clare.
”This will be our fourth game in five weeks plus some of the lads had club fixtures. We will have momentum but Cork have had no game in four weeks so will be well rested – which is better we will only find out on Thursday evening,” outlined O’Sullivan.
“We have won back-to-back games and that’s brilliant but we won’t lack for focus,” vowed O’Sullivan.