Maher set for debut as Déise make three changes for decider

WATERFORD manager Davy Fitzgerald has made three changes for Sunday’s Munster SHC final against Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh from the side that defeated Limerick at the semi-final stage.

Jerome Maher — who makes his championship debut, comes into the side at full-back instead of Wayne Hutchinson, who was withdrawn midway through the second-half of that last four clash.

Richie Foley, who was ruled out of the Limerick game before throw-in after sustaining an ankle injury on the morning of the match while practising his freetaking, is restored to the starting lineup at midfield where he will partner team captain Stephen Molumphy. Ballygunner’s David O’Sullivan is the player to make way.

The final switch sees the experienced Eoin McGrath named at right half-forward instead of Maurice Shanahan.

Limerick boss Donal O’Grady has made two changes for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Antrim in Parnell Park from the side that ousted Wexford last Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds.

Mark O’Riordan comes in at midfield instead of Paul Browne while in attack Richie McCarthy, who started against Waterford in the Munster semi-final, replaces the injured Graeme Mulcahy at right corner-forward.

Meanwhile the Clare and Waterford minor hurling managements will both select their sides tonight for Sunday’s Munster MHC final.

Both setups have slight injury concerns ahead of the game but are expected to pick from full panels respectively.

WATERFORD (SH v Tipperary): C Hennessy; D Fives, J Maher, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran; S Molumphy, R Foley; E McGrath, S O’Sullivan, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, B O’Sullivan.

LIMERICK (SH v Antrim): N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahoney; D O’Grady, M O’Riordan; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; R McCarthy, K Downes, S Tobin.

Picture: Eoin McGrath: Starts at right-half forward in place of Maurice Shanahan.

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