Bennis rejigs Limerick side for semi-final

Limerick manager Richie Bennis has opted for a new look starting fifteen for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Waterford at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Limerick manager Richie Bennis has opted for a new look starting fifteen for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Waterford at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

The Shannonside boss has made three changes to his team from the line-up which beat Clare by 1-23 to 1-16 at the quarter-final stage a fortnight ago.

Donie Ryan, a substitute in that victory, has been given a starting berth in the full-forward line this time out. The Garryspillane clubman scored 1-2 against Clare to help the Shannonsiders advance to the last-four.

Ryan is a direct replacement for left half-forward Kevin Tobin while Sean O'Connor also replaces Niall Moran in the half-forward line. Moran was substituted after just 27 minutes against the Banner because of injury.

The other change comes in defence with Croom player Peter Lawlor preferred to Mark O'Riordan. Lawlor was introduced as the fifth sub last time out.

Sunday's game is the second championship meeting of the sides this year after Waterford came out on top in the Munster decider by 3-17 to 1-14 on July 8.

Limerick have not contested an All-Ireland semi-final since 1996 when they beat Antrim by 1-17 to 0-13 - they also beat the Glensmen in their previous semi-final in 1994 (2-23 to 0-11).

The Shannonsiders have not beaten Waterford in the championship since 2001 when they came out on top by 4-11 to 2-14 in a Munster semi-final.

They can count on Andrew O'Shaughnessy (0-32), Michael Fitzgerald (1-14) and Ollie Moran as their top scorers so far in the 2007 championship.

LIMERICK (SHC v Waterford) - B Murray; D Reale (capt), S Lucey, S Hickey; P Lawlor, B Geary, M Foley; D O'Grady, M O'Brien, M Fitzgerald; O Moran, S O'Connor; A O'Shaughnessy, B Begley, D Ryan.

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