Kerry a 'challenge that we won't stand back from' vows Limerick U20 football manager

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Kerry a 'challenge that we won't stand back from' vows Limerick U20 football manager

Limerick U20 football manager Jerry O'Sullivan

LIMERICK play Kerry in the Munster U20 Football Championship this Wednesday evening in the provincial semi final.

It' a "challenge that we won't stand back from" according to Limerick manager Jerry O'Sullivan.

Kerry's team for contains nine players who featured in their 2018 All-Ireland minor final win.

"I know loads of those guys below there - the majority of them have All-Ireland medals at underage level and it is going to be a huge challenge for us but a challenge that we won't stand back from and will look forward to," said O'Sullivan, who managed East Kerry to the 2019 Kerry SFC title.

"We are delighted that we are in a semi final again - it was important," said Limerick manager Jerry O'Sullivan, who is from the Firies club in Kerry. The former Limerick minor manager has Ger O'Callaghan (Castlegregory) as his football coach.

"We have Kerry again and we are playing them in a Limerick venue. We went down to Austin Stack Park last year and played them. It is going to be a challenge again for our fellas but we will look forward to it. If we put in a performance, results take care of themselves," said O'Sullivan.

Among the rising stars in the Kerry team is Paul Walsh - the Brosna man attends Abbeyfeale's Colaiste Ide agus Iosef. Walsh will face a Limerick panel that contains his college colleague Sean Kilbridge (Fr Caseys). The duo will be key players when Abbeyfeale play Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí from Tralee in the Munster Post Primary Schools Senior C Football Championship final next weekend.

Kerry are managed by former Laois senior football manager John Sugrue, who has Brendan Guiney as a selector - Guiney is coach to Newcastle West in the 2020 Limerick SFC.

This evening's semi final has a 7pm start in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale. The Limerick team shows one change from the quarter final win over Tipperary - details here

Limerick and Kerry are bidding to reach a March 4 Munster final against Cork or Clare. It's 2005 since Limerick last reached a Munster final at this grade.