Bennis: Limerick would relish final in Cork

Richie Bennis and Mark Foley are keeping their fingers crossed Páirc Uí Chaoimh will tonight be chosen as the venue for Limerick’s Munster final meeting with Cork on July 13.

Former manager Bennis fears Cork will be hell bent on winning the Munster final if the provincial council don’t chose Páirc Uí Chaoimh to host it, while Foley has cited Limerick’s fine record in Cork.

The venue or venues for the hurling and football deciders will be chosen at a meeting of the Munster Council’s competitions control meeting in Àras Mumhan, Castletroy at 8pm.

Bennis, who believes staging the final would be a fitting tribute to the stadium after the counties met there in its first Munster final in 1976, remarked: “If the Cork chairman is telling the truth — and you expect he is — then Páirc Uí Chaoimh has a capacity of 40,000 so there shouldn’t be any problem in going to Cork. I don’t think Limerick would have any issue with it. They owe them a game there.

“If I was the Limerick manager I would be hoping the game goes ahead in Cork because if it’s Thurles there will be a hullabaloo about Cork not getting their game at home and that will drive them on. I’d be wanting that game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh because it puts all the pressure back on Cork.

“The Limerick County Board have said they are agreeable to Páirc Uí Chaoimh and that’s the sensible thing to do. In fairness, they’ve done a lot of good things of late and the way they kept a low profile after Donal O’Grady’s departure and made sure the team weren’t distracted paid dividends against Tipperary.”

Foley referred to Limerick’s victories over Cork in 1996 and 2001. “A lot of people in Limerick would nearly prefer it there as well because they know we haven’t a bad record down there. ”

Meanwhile, Niall Moran has returned to the Limerick panel. The Ahane man retired at the end of last season but has been training since after the win over Tipperary.

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