Limerick to field nine debutants

Nine players in Limerick's selected starting line-up will make their Championship debuts this Sunday when they take on Cork in the Munster SHC semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (throw-in 4pm).

Nine players in Limerick's selected starting line-up will make their Championship debuts this Sunday when they take on Cork in the Munster SHC semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (throw-in 4pm).

With the vast majority of last year's panel sidelined due to the dispute with manager Justin McCarthy, just three players are included from the side which started the All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary last August - they are full-back David Breen, left half-back Paul Browne and centre forward Paudie McNamara.

Team captain Bryan O'Sullivan and James O'Brien also featured in that game as substitutes, while Graeme Mulcahy was a member of the panel.

Former Kerry goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn will command a starting berth this weekend, and is the only player to have Senior Championship experience against Cork, having featured against the Rebels in a Munster SHC clash at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in 2004.

Shane O'Nell and Kieran O'Rourke make their first Championship starts in the full-back line, while half-back Shaun O'Riordan will face his Newtownshandrum clubmates Ben and Jerry O'Connor, and Cathal Naughton.

Midfielders Tommy O'Brien and Andrew Brennan will also make their Championship bows, while Sean Herlihy, Mulcahy, Anthony Owens and Richie McKeogh are newcomers in attack.

LIMERICK (SHC v Cork): T Flynn; S O'Neill, D Breen, K O'Rourke; S O'Riordan, B O'Sullivan, P Browne; T O'Brien, A Brennan; J O'Brien, P McNamara, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy, A Owens, R McKeogh.

Subs: B Hennessy, S O'Connell, L O'Dwyer, N Quaid, D Madden, D Kenny, C Mullane, P Russell, A O'Connor, C Hayes, D Moore, M Deegan, A O’Connell, M Noonan, D Lynch.

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