Phelan to start for Waterford

Conor Phelan has been brought into the Waterford team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier clash with Limerick.

Conor Phelan has been brought into the Waterford team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier clash with Limerick.

The Brickey Rangers clubman has been named at centre-back where he deputises for ankle injury victim Eamonn Walsh and Shane Briggs, who is away in Australia.

That is the only change in personnel John Owens has made to the side that got the better of London in the English capital last weekend.

Cillian O'Keeffe and Paul Whyte retain their starting places in attack, the latter having kicked seven points in the Déise's first ever qualifier win.

Brian Wall reverts to a midfield role alongside Mick Ahearne, with Sean Dempsey stationed at centre-forward and Sean Fleming pushed into the full-forward line.

Gary Hurney, a vital presence at full-forward, was back on form with a 1-3 haul against the Exiles, while wing back Wayne Hennessy potted three impressive points from play.

Tommy Prendergast (shoulder) and Liam Ó Lionáin (leg) remain on the injury list for Waterford, who are winless against Limerick in the Championship since 1981.

Limerick were victorious when the counties met in 1985, 1989, 1991 and 2010, but two goals from Mark Ferncombe did drive Owen's men to a 2-8 to 0-8 success over the Shannonsiders in the league this year.

Wexford, the beaten Leinster finalists, await the winners of tomorrow's Munster derby at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 7pm).

WATERFORD (SFC v Limerick): Kieran Cotter; Maurice O’Gorman, Thomas O’Gorman, Kieran Connery; Tony Grey (capt), Conor Phelan, Wayne Hennessy; Brian Wall, Mick Ahearne; Paul Whyte, Sean Dempsey, Cillian O’Keeffe; Sean Fleming, Gary Hurney, Patrick Hurney.

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