Fachtna’s star Limrick a huge loss for clash with Críost Rí

ST. FACHTNAS will be without David Limrick for tomorrow’s Irish Examiner Corn Uí Mhuirí opening round against Críost Rí at Newcestown (2.30pm).

The Castlehaven youngster has a serious hip injury which may keep him out of action for the season.

"He'll be a huge loss to us", said Fachtna's coach Joe O'Neill. "We'll need everyone for this game as Críost Rí are always one of the favourites each year to win the championship.

"Our team is built around the side which won the B U-16 Munster title last year and is a bit on the young side for this level of competition. However, we have a very good record against Críost Rí over the years and have built up a very healthy rivalry.

We'll have no fear of them, but it's probably asking too much of us on this occasion."

Fachtnas will look to Damien O'Neill, Colm O'Neill and Brian Dwyer to see them home against a Capwell side who are without two two key players; Gearóid O'Shea, recovering from a broken ankle, and Jonathan O'Sullivan who has opted out of playing.

Críost Rí coach Mick Evans has found it difficult to prepare as he would have liked.

He can call on six of last year's team who were shocked in the semi-final by Dingle CBS, but O'Shea's loss is enormous.

Ray Keating, Jonathan Lane both on the Douglas minor team through to this year's county final Paul Kerrigan, Roy Leahy and Fiachra Lynch, will lead the Capwell challenge which should be good enough to get their campaign off to a winning start.

There are two local derbies in Kerry tomorrow: Tralee CBS against their sister school in Dingle, at Annascaul; and the defending champions, Coláiste na Sceilge, v St. Brendans, in Cromane.

The Tralee/Dingle clash will be their second in seven days.

Last week the Green inflicted a heavy defeat on the West Kerry side in the O'Sullivan Cup and, as Liam Higgins said, his team won't have improved much in a week to prevent another defeat.

"This game is coming too soon for us, but we'll have another go," said Liam.

"We have six of last year's team available including Jason Murphy, Tony Sheehy, Dan Devane, and Mark Evans whom I would expect to be a county minor next year.

"To have any chance we must contain Brian Moran, Eoin Liston and Joey O'Connor, who caused us endless problems in last week's match," said Liam.

St. Brendan's face a daunting task against the reigning champions who inflicted a 3-17 to 3-3 defeat on the Sem in the O'Sullivan Cup a fortnight ago.

The Killarney college had prepared well but found themselves up against a physically stronger Na Sceilge side who are chasing a fourth title in a row and by all accounts are the team to beat again.

Patrick Curran, who won three Munster football medals last year the Moran Cup, the Frewen Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí is eligible for two of those grades again this year and is a player of exceptional talent.

The champions will field 12 of last year's panel including Colin O'Sullivan, Paul O'Connor, Killian Young, Christopher O'Driscoll, Dermot Walsh and Ray Keating, who scored 2-6 in the O'Sullivan Cup clash with Brendan's recently.

Luke Quinn (Kerry minor) Michael O'Donoghue and John O'Sullivan (with the international rules team earlier this year) will be the key players for Brendan's who will do well to keep the scoreline respectable.

*The postponed Dean Ryan Cup tie between St. Colman's and Midleton CBS has been rearranged reset for Castlemartyr on Thursday (1.30pm) with the Fermoy college favourites to open a defence of their title on a winning note.

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