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Limerick minor footballers finalise championship panel for Clare tie

Limerick minor footballers finalise championship panel for Clare tie

2018 Limerick minor football captain John Hayes

THE Limerick minor footballers are Ennis bound for the Munster Championship.

Limerick play Clare in the opening round of the Munster MFC on Wednesday April 11 at 6.30 in Cusack Park.

Victory would advance Limerick to a May 8 semi final but defeat would present an April 18 play-off against Tipperary or Kerry.

There is a new management this season –  the manager is Niall Crowley (Adare) with selectors Andrew Lane (St Senans), Pat McHugh (Na Piarsaigh), Mikey Lyons (Adare) and Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen).

Last year Limerick beat Waterford and lost to Clare but this is almost an entirely new panel, which is captained by John Hayes of St Kierans.

The vast majority of the panel were part of the Limerick U-16 side that beat Waterford and Tipperary to reach the Munster U-16 final last July, when they lost to Kerry South. Current minor selectors Andrew Lane and Pa Ranahan were part of that U-16 management.

PANEL: John Hayes, Michael Shanahan, Dylan Maloney, Kevin Guinea (all St Kierans), Luke Scannell, Micah O'Connell, Ryan O'Connell, Eoin Murphy (all Fr Caseys), Ruadhan O'Connor, Luke Gleeson, Brian Foley (all Newcastle West), Kevin Walsh, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Luke Gamell (all Ballysteen), Colm Ryan, James Molyneaux, Jack Pierce (all Drom-Broadford), Ronan McElligot and David Ricard (both Mungret St Pauls), John O'Connor and Stephen O'Halloran (both Na Piarsaigh), Michael Hanrahan and Caolin Madden (both Monaleen), Travis Quaid and Andrew McMahon (both St Patricks), Sean Malone and Patrick Gallagher (both Rathkeale), Darren Kearns (St Senans), Brian Howard (Ballylanders), Shane Bradshaw (Pallasgreen), Tim Lyons (Croom), Darragh O'Keeffe (Kilpeacon), Padraig Mulcahy (Bruff), Craig Carew (Claughaun), Keith O'Kelly (Granagh-Ballingarry), Richard Murphy (Crecora-Manister).

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