Trio of changes for Limerick

Mike Fitzgerald, Brian Begley and Sean O'Connor are the three new inclusions in the Limerick team to face Tipperary in Sunday's second Munster SHC semi-final replay, Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 3.30pm.

Mike Fitzgerald, Brian Begley and Sean O'Connor are the three new inclusions in the Limerick team to face Tipperary in Sunday's second Munster SHC semi-final replay, Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 3.30pm.

Manager Richie Bennis has opted to introduce some fresh legs after two gruelling battles with Tipp, with Peter Lawlor, Pat Tobin and Barry Foley being the players to make way.

Forwards Tobin and Foley were both held scoreless against Tipp last time out and have paid the price by dropping to the bench.

Fitzgerald and Begley, who both impressed as substitutes in last weekend's drawn game in Thurles, are positioned at left half-forward and full-forward respectively for the sides' third encounter, while O'Connor has recovered from a groin injury to start in the left corner.

Bennis has also made a number of positional switches, the most notable of which sees the industrious Mike O'Brien move from right half-forward to midfield, taking over from Lawlor as he did for part of last weekend's tie.

The Moran brothers Niall and Ollie, who between them scored 0-15 in the two drawn matches, have new man Fitzgerald for company in the half-forward line, while Andrew O'Shaughnessy has been switched to the right corner to make space for Begley and O'Connor.

O'Shaughnessy twice saved the Shannonsiders' bacon in Thurles, sending over a late injury-time free to ensure extra-time and nailing a last-gasp levelling '65' which set up the second replay.

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

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