Limerick team named for Munster semi

Limerick manager Maurice Horan has handed debuts to three players for Saturday's Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 6.45pm).

Limerick manager Maurice Horan has handed debuts to three players for Saturday's Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 6.45pm).

Monaleen's Barry Fitzpatrick has been named at left half-back and will captain the side, with Shane Gallagher listed at full-back and Johnny McCarthy getting the nod at centre-back.

Mark O'Riordan will be fit to start in the left corner after recovering from a bruised chest bone, but his Croom club-mates John Galvin and Stephen Lucey are sidelined with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.

In Galvin's absence, Ballylanders clubman Tom Lee is set for his first Championship start in midfield alongside Jim Donovan.

Acknowledging that they are big boots to fill, Lee told Limerick's Live 95FM: "John has been consistently the best midfielder in the country in the past ten years. He's a fantastic player and a huge loss to us.

"I wouldn't be compared to him, but hopefully I can play well this weekend and put in a big performance for us."

James Kelly from Newcastlewest also links up with his brother Stephen in the half-forward line. The latter had been rated doubtful due to a recurrence of a groin strain he suffered when playing rugby for Shannon earlier in the year.

LIMERICK (SFC v Kerry): Brian Scanlon; Stephen Lavin, Shane Gallagher, Mark O'Riordan; Pa Ranahan, Johnny McCarthy, Barry Fitzpatrick (capt); Tom Lee, Jim Donovan; Seanie Buckley, James Kelly, Stephen Kelly; Ger Collins, John Cooke, Ian Ryan.

Subs: Ger Ryan, John Riordan, Mike Sheehan, Mike McCormack, Eoin Joy, Paul Kinnerk, Eoin Hogan, Eoghan O'Connor, John Mullane, Seamus O'Carroll, Liam Costello.

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