Injuries clear for Limerick

Four players have shrugged off injuries to be named in the Limerick team to face Tipperary in Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 2pm).

Four players have shrugged off injuries to be named in the Limerick team to face Tipperary in Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 2pm).

Mark O'Riordan (broken thumb), Brian Geary (ankle ligament), Niall Moran (fractured finger) and Sean O'Connor (nerve damage in leg) have all been included in the Shannonsiders' starting fifteen.

Croom clubman O'Riordan, who played in an All-Ireland qualifier last year against Clare, is set to start at left half-back, alongside Geary, with Moran and O'Connor reinforcing Limerick's forward lines.

In all, manager Richie Bennis has made just two changes to the Limerick side that beat Laois by 3-15 to 1-13 in the NHL Division One play-off on May 13.

Team captain Damien Reale and Seamus Hickey, having both recovered from recent knocks, return in defence, with Maurice O'Brien and Donie Ryan the players to make way.

Andrew O'Shaughnessy, who did not train last Sunday, has been named at right corner forward. The Kilmallock youngster struck 1-17 in five championship matches last summer and will be key this weekend to Limerick's chances of recording their first Munster SHC win since 2001.

Since their 2001 Munster championship semi-final win over Waterford, the Shannonsiders have lost to Tipperary (2001, 2002, 2005 (replay) and 2006), Waterford (2003 (replay)) and Cork (2004) in the provincial competition.

LIMERICK (SHC v Tipperary) - B Murray; D Reale (capt), S Lucey, S Hickey; M Foley, B Geary, M O'Riordan; D O'Grady, P Lawlor; Mike O'Brien, O Moran, N Moran; A O'Shaughnessy, S O'Connor, B Foley.

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