Limerick unchanged for Meath qualifier

Limerick will field an unchanged team for Saturday evening's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier clash with Meath in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Limerick will field an unchanged team for Saturday evening's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier clash with Meath in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Manager Micky Ned O'Sullivan has kept faith with the side that came agonisingly close to beating Cork in the recent Munster final.

That means Shannon rugby winger Stephen Kelly has retained his place at full-forward, and Jason Stokes has to be content with a bench spot.

Dual players Mark O'Riordan and Stephen Lucey have been selected to start, just six days after lining out for the Limerick hurlers in their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Dublin.

Cormac Joyce-Power will lead the Shannonsiders' attack again at centre-forward, flanked by Padraig Browne and team captain Seanie Buckley who has been battling a knee injury.

Buckley is not certain to start, having missed a large chunk of training over the past two weeks, and his fitness will be monitored over the coming days.

Confident that his side can bounce back from their Munster final disappointment, O'Sullivan would gladly accept a repeat of last year's 4-12 to 4-03 qualifier win over the Royals.

"There is more in us. The lads brought their game to another level (in the Munster final), and they just keep improving," he told the Limerick Leader.

"An extra 5% improvement will do us - they know they can do it."

Commenting on his side's four-week lay-off between games - with the extra week's delay caused by the Wexford v Roscommon qualifier going to a replay - the Limerick boss added that "naturally you would prefer a game after two or three weeks" and that "time will tell if we are ready."

LIMERICK (SFC v Meath) - S Kiely; J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M O'Riordan; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley (capt); G Collins, S Kelly, I Ryan.

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