FRESH from their shock defeat of Cork, Clare will attempt to conquer Limerick when the sides clash in the semi-final of the Munster Senior Football Championship at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday.
Twelve months ago, Limerick won the corresponding fixture following a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Ennis, but saw their fortune reversed in a recent National League outing.
In the wake of their victory over the Rebels, Clare manager Colm Collins told the Irish Examiner that “it’s very important now that everybody keeps their eyes on the ball. We’ve got a very important game against Limerick and that’s vital.”
“People should never forget that Limerick knocked us out of the Munster Championship last year. They haven’t become a bad team overnight. I wouldn’t pay any heed to the recent League defeat (2-18 to 0-9).”
There’s an injury concern in the Limerick camp surrounding joint-captain Iain Corbett, but regulars such as Donal O’Sullivan, Seán O’Dea, Brian Fanning, Cian Sheehan, Cillian Fahy, Adrian Enright, James Naughton, and Davy Lyons are all available for selection to interim manager Mark Fitzgerald.
Killian Sexton is just one of many Clare forwards that Limerick must keep quiet for any chance of creating a major upset.
Either Limerick or Clare will earn a place in the Munster Final along with qualification into the race for Sam Maguire.
Limerick most likely will be forced to settle for a respectable showing and a then aim for a decent run in the Tailteann Cup.