THE Limerick U20s take on Clare in the Munster U20 semi-final at the LIT Gaelic Grounds tonight from 8.05pm.
Limerick’s U20 manager Diarmuid Mullins has retained five players that lined out in last years semi-final against Cork. Blackrock’s Jimmy Quilty captains the side as Newcastle West’s Bryan Nix acts as vice.
Both Colin Coughlan and Cathal O’Neill were a part of the Limerick senior squad that picked up Munster honours in Pairc Ui Chaoimh yesterday while Cormac Ryan also started last year’s semi-final loss to Cork.
Limerick’s last win in the competition came in 2018, as they defeated Clare in the quarter-finals. Limerick’s last title at the grade came in 2017 when they won both Munster and All-Ireland titles.
If Limerick are victorious this evening against Clare then they will play the winner of Tipperary v Cork which is being played this coming Tuesday in Semple Stadium. Cork are the reigning All-Ireland champions since beating Dublin last August, but due to the variable nature of U20 level hurling, the current champions will be careful not to underestimate Tipperary.
In the build up to the Banner with Mullins highlighting the unusual build up to the game.
“A more hectic, I would say, build up than you would usually have to a typical 20’s year. But we’re happy where we are”
“It’s been a different kind of lead into a championship, even in a typical year you would have had an opportunity to look at lads playing colleges hurling and get a better sense of how guys were going, but every team has missed those opportunities”
The game throws in at 8.05pm in the LIT Gaelic Grounds and is live on TG4.
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