Limerick v Cork, Sunday, 2pm, Gaelic Grounds
Limerick and Cork go into battle in this all Munster clash on Sunday with both sides looking for a win, more so Cork though in my opinion. A win for Limerick will guarantee them a quarter final place for sure, while a win for Cork would push them up the table into the top 4, a loss though would probably put them out of contention.
All-Ireland Champions Limerick have played 3 games to date, they have won all three, they beat Wexford by a goal on the opening weekend, followed that up with an impressive win over Tipperary at this ground, before going to Nowlan Park to easily beat Kilkenny by 9 points. They are the in form team and they look like they will be very tough to beat come the summer championship also. Cork have played 3 games also winning just 1, that win coming against Clare at Pairc Ui Rinn last weekend, they lost to Wexford and Kilkenny.
I think it will be a difficult game for Cork going on the form of Limerick anyway. However, Limerick will be without star forward Aaron Gillane for this game, with John Kiely confirming that he will be rested due to playing in the Fitzgibbon Cup with Mary Immaculate College 24 hours before. However, they can call on players like Tom Morrissey, Shane Dowling, Conor Boylan, Graeme Mulcahy in attack, while in defence players like Declan Hannon, Tom Condon and Dan Morrissey will all be key. Cork will look to players like Tim O’Mahony and Stephen McDonnell in defence, while in attack players like Pat Horgan, Aidan Walsh and Conor Lehane will be key.
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon), Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Mikey O’Brien (Doon); Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Pat Ryan Doon.
Cork (Allianz HL v Limerick): Patrick Collins; Sean O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Robert Downey; Cormac Murphy, Bill Cooper; Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, Dan Dooley; Conor Lehane, Aidan Walsh, Patrick Horgan
The betting has Limerick as 8/15 favourites to win this, Cork are 15/8 and the draw is 9/1. I think Limerick will win this by 3 or 4 points with the vocal home support behind them helping them over the line.