Foley back for Limerick

Mark Foley has returned to the Limerick side following a six-week lay-off with a finger injury.

Mark Foley has returned to the Limerick side following a six-week lay-off with a finger injury.

The Adare defender is one of Treaty boss Joe McKenna's four changes for Saturday's final All-Ireland SHC Group 1 hurling qualifier clash with Galway.

Foley, Peter Lawlor, Pat Kirby and Michael Clifford come in for Damien Reale (injured), Kevin Tobin, Donnacha Sheehan and Conor Fitzgerald, who all lined out in Limerick's 2-15 to 1-9 beating of Laois last Friday night.

A corner back against the midlanders, Paudie O'Dwyer shifts to wing back so Foley and Clifford can man the full-back line with dual star Stephen Lucey. Limerick skipper Ollie Moran, a goalscorer against Laois, also shifts up to wing forward.

Meanwhile, Eoin Garvey's Carlow hurlers look set for the Christy Ring Cup semi-finals after they edged Kildare 0-17 to 1-12 at Dr Cullen Park tonight.

The win, the Barrowsiders' third of the second tier competition, sees them move level on points with Group B leaders Lilywhites, who boast a better scoring difference but have played one more match.

St Mullins' forward Pat Coady hit an incredible thirteen points for Carlow this evening, and everyone of them a free.

Kildare did come back into it with a freak goal from Matty Dowd early in the second half as his dropping 60-yard shot evaded the home defence and flat-footed goalkeeper John Brennan.

The visitors were always chasing the game however, after Alan Flaherty had received his marching orders before the interval for a second yellow card.

Carlow can claim the better last-four draw with a win away to Kerry on July 16.

Limerick (SHC v Galway): T Houlihan; M Clifford, S Lucey, M Foley; P O'Dwyer, B Geary, P Lawlor; P O'Grady, D O'Grady; A O'Shaughnessy, O Moran (capt), N Moran; D Ryan, TJ Ryan, P Kirby.

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