Limerick unchanged for Wexford test

Tommy Stack has been included in an unchanged Limerick team for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Wexford in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Tommy Stack has been included in an unchanged Limerick team for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Wexford in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Stack has been pencilled in at right corner back despite doubts over the hamstring injury which forced him off in last weekend's 0-14 to 0-9 win over Waterford.

Captain Barry Fitzpatrick, who came on for him the last day, is standing by to take his place. Also among the substitutes is fit-again midfielder Jim O'Donovan, who is returning from a back problem.

Manager Maurice Horan has selected the same 15 players who took to the pitch for the Shannonsiders' qualifier victories over Offaly and 14-man Waterford.

Goals from Ger Collins and Seanie Buckley guided Limerick to a 2-12 to 0-14 success over Wexford when the sides met in this year's Allianz Football League.

Acknowledging that Wexford have improved since then, Horan told the Irish Examiner: "They have been extremely impressive and that's four brilliant matches they have played this year in Leinster.

"They had Dublin under serious pressure a couple of weeks ago and, in their march to the Leinster final, they've been beating teams off the pitch.

"(Their manager) Jason Ryan seems to have ignited their attack. He's got that scoring potential out of them and there's scores coming from all angles.

"They've a lot of fellas capable of clocking up big scores and they're going to be really difficult to beat."

LIMERICK (SFC v Wexford): Brian Scanlon; Tommy Stack, Shane Gallagher, Stephen Lavin; John Riordan, Johnny McCarthy, Pa Ranahan; Seanie Buckley, Thomas Lee; Stephen Kelly, John Mullane, Mike Sheehan; Ger Collins, Seamus O'Carroll, Ian Ryan.

Substitutes: Donal O'Sullivan, Barry Fitzpatrick, Mike McCormack, Ray O'Flaherty, Paul Kinnerk, Eoin Hogan, Eoghan O'Connor, James Kelly, Liam Costello, John Cooke, Jim O'Donovan.

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