Limerick ‘in good shape’ for Tipp

Limerick manager TJ Ryan will pick from a full panel for Sunday week’s Munster SHC clash with Tipperary, with Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey and David Breen all available for selection.

“No injuries to report right now,” said Ryan yesterday.

“We still have some way to go but, right now, we’re in good shape.

“Declan and Seamus were long-term injuries and we knew we’d be without them for the league. We were short a good number of first-team players, between injuries and Na Piarsaigh’s run in the club championship, but you could say that about every county.

“Declan played a game on Sunday and Seamus played a game on Sunday and on Thursday last, so everything is in order.”

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy recently said that his side, who also spent this season in Division 1B, struggled to come to terms with 1A opponents when they faced Tipperary in the league.

Ryan acknowledged the difference in pace between the tiers.

“I think (speed) is the key difference between 1A and 1B. We played Dublin recently in a challenge and it probably did take us a while to adapt.

“It’s a concern, it is there and back through the years, the teams who came out of the lower tier tended to struggle in the next match. Even Dublin, who were very impressive last year beating Limerick to get out of 1B, got a trimming from Tipperary in their next game that season.

“I’m hoping we have that adaptation period over with. We know where we’re at, we know what we have and we’re gone past excuses. If we get beat on Sunday, Division 1B won’t be brought up.”

CORK (IHC v Waterford): R Cunningham (Youghal); B O’Sullivan (Fermoy), A Dennehy (Charleville), J O’Callaghan (Inniscarra); C Murphy (Mallow), R Cashman (Kilbrittain), M Walsh (Kildorrery); N Kelly (Mayfield), J Cronin (Lisgoold); B Lawton (Castlemartyr), P O’Brien (Kildorrery), M O’Sullivan (Tracton); C Casey (Inniscarra), J Wall (Kilbrittain), M Kenefick (Ballygarvan).

Subs: J McSweeney (Bandon), B Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr), J Grace (Youghal), T Healy (Buttevant), C Barry (Castlelyons), C Spillane (Castlelyons), R Crowley (Bandon), D Drake (Carrigaline), J Sheehan (Argideen Rangers).

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