McCarthy names Limerick side

Limerick manager Justin McCarthy has made three changes to the team that beat Wexford last weekend for this Saturday's All-Ireland SHC Phase 3 qualifier against Laois in Thurles.

Limerick manager Justin McCarthy has made three changes to the team that beat Wexford last weekend for this Saturday's All-Ireland SHC Phase 3 qualifier against Laois in Thurles.

Mark O'Riordan, Wayne McNamara and Niall Moran all make way with Tom Condon, Mike O'Brien and Paul Browne earning starting places.

Browne, who impressed as a substitute against Wexford, played for the Under-21s last night in their Munster semi-final against Clare.

Niall Moran is a big absentee for Saturday's qualifier clash. The Ahane man will be out of action for four to six weeks after he broke a finger in his right hand during the victory over Wexford.

However, Moran's older brother Ollie, a veteran of 13 Championship campaigns, could be used off the bench at some stage by McCarthy.

Despite being stretchered off in the 55th minute of that 1-13 to 0-14 win at Wexford Park, Grenagh-Ballingarry clubman Donal O'Grady is fit to start.

Centre-back Brian Geary has also been named in the starting line-up. He picked a slight knee injury last time out but finished out the game with strapping on his left leg.

Paudie McNamara, a late inclusion at full-forward against Wexford, has retained his place after marking his Championship debut with four points.

Saturday's game is the first meeting of Laois and Limerick in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship since 2005 when the Shannonsiders won a qualifier tie by 2-15 to 1-09 at O'Moore Park.

LIMERICK (SHC v Laois) - B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, T Condon; S Hickey, B Geary, M Foley; D O'Grady, G O'Mahony; J Ryan, M O'Brien, P Browne; D Sheehan, P McNamara, A O'Shaughnessy.

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