“Selecting from eight schools, the biggest problem facing the Limerick side has been getting players together,” admitted team official Fran O’Friel.
“Our form has been up and down. We did very well against Coláiste Na Sceilge in round one, but failed badly to St. Fachtna’s in round two. Críost Rí are reputed to be a very good team with most of last year’s winning side available, but we don’t intend to lie down. If we can get a good start you never know what will happen.”
The Limerick side, backboned by David Dalton, Tony Barry, Neil Mulvihill, Barry O’Doherty and Philip Corrigan, will ensure the Cork side face a difficult afternoon. Criost Rí mentor Mick Evans also has no injury worries, but accepts his side are facing into the unknown. “This game will be viewed as a Cork versus Limerick clash and we all know how good football is in Limerick. We’ll be treating them with respect.”
The champions’ challenge will be spearheaded by Roy Leahy, Paul Kerrigan, Eric Hegarty, Graham Cummins and Fiachra Lynch.
There is an-all Kerry clash between St. Brendan’s and Intermediate Schools Killorglin at Kilcummin tomorrow (2pm).
The Sem had three points to spare over ISK in a recent O’Sullivan Cup (Kerry colleges) tie before going on to win the title at Colaiste na Sceilge’s expense.
The Killorglin side are without centre-back Alan Looney who is recovering from an appendix operation while his namesake, Brian, is also doubtful as he recovers from illness.
The latter would be a huge loss to Killarney, after starring for the county minor side in 2004.
ISK led by Paul Doyle, Gary Sayers, Stephen Caulfield, Fintan Coffey and Michael Hallasey could benefit in his absence.
St. Fachtna’s will be at full strength for their quarter-final clash with St. Flannans in Fermoy tomorrow (2pm) and should advance with a bit to spare.