McGrath Cup final spots up for grabs

The contestants of this year’s McGrath Cup final will be known today and defending champions Limerick are favourites to retain their title.

The contestants of this year’s McGrath Cup final will be known today and defending champions Limerick are favourites to retain their title.

They host IT Tralee today at the Gaelic Grounds in one semi-final.

The students have named the same side as that which defeated Waterford in the opening round and Ronan McAuliffe, who had exams last time out, is again available.

Limerick manager Liam Kearns is choosing from a depleted squad. The Kerry native is still unable to call on the likes of Jason Stokes, John Galvin and Stephen Lucey but John Quane is expected to start again today.

Tipperary, who caused the upset of the campaign in beating league, Munster and All-Ireland champions Kerry last week, host Cork IT in the other semi-final in Clonmel.

The Premier County have made two changes to the side that shocked the Kingdom for today’s clash against the Cork students.

Benny Hahessy comes in for Niall Fitzgerald, who is injured, while Liam England replaces Declan Browne, who is on the football AllStars tour to Hong Kong.

Fergal O'Callaghan makes way for England and moves from centre-forward to full-forward.

TRALEE IT (SF v Limerick): S Murphy (Cork); M O'Mahony (Kerry), E O'Mahony (Cork), C O'Sullivan (Kerry); A Cahalane (Kerry), B McMahon (Kerry), T O'Leary (Cork); D Murphy (Kerry), J Best (Kerry); S Moloney (Clare), E Coughlan (Clare), B Flaherty (Kerry); P O'Connell (Kerry), S O'Shea (Kerry), M Collins (Kerry).

TIPPERARY (SF v Cork IT): B Enright; D Byrne, N Curran, P King; P Morrissey, R Costigan, B Hahessy; E Hanrahan, K Mulryan; A Fitzgerald, L England, P Cahill; J Shanahan, F O'Callaghan, D O'Brien.

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