Munster Junior Championship semi final – preview

Kerry's absent stars could make clash with Limerick a close call By Murt Murphy for

Kerry O'Sullivan has probably the most difficult job in football, in fact the manager of any junior intercounty team, particularly Kerry and Cork never know because of the vagaries of the rules, what players they will have from game to game so planning is very much on an ad hoc basis. However the Currow clubman takes it all in his stride - doesn't do stress or get over excited, so possibly possesses the right qualities for this difficult job. Kerry started with a big win over Tipperary after a tight opening half and one would imagine that this would set the side up nicely for Saturday's tilt at Limerick. However while a week might be a long time in politics it's even longer when you are the Kerry Junior boss. Since the win over Tipperary just two weeks ago, Kerry have lost centre back Adrian Greaney who is gone to Boston and wing forward JB Spillane had done his collar bone and if Kerry beat Limerick, he will also miss the Munster Final. On the positive note it appears that Mike Coakley and Colin O'Mahony who missed the Tipperary game are fit again and Mikey Brennan who was due to head away from the summer has delayed his departure for now.

Kerry has the advantage of a game under their belts as Limerick is making their first appearance on Saturday, so that should give Kerry a slight edge.
Team boss Kerry O'Sullivan confirms that there will be changes from the Tipperary game "Adrian Greaney will definitely be missing, but Colin O'Mahony and Mike Coakley who missed out the last day, should be fit for Saturday. JB Spillane will be out with his collarbone injury so it will not be the same line up. The players were playing Co League over the weekend so we will have see have we picked up any knocks but right now we don't have any plans to add players to the panel. With so many players going away or thinking about going away, you just don't know where you stand at the moment and you would just be hoping to get over this game and then seeing what you have left in early July. Fellows are hedging at the moment about travelling but we will definitely know after the Co Championship so it's all about winning on Saturday and having a look then"
O'Sullivan thinks that the fact that Kerry have played a game and Limerick have not will stand to the Kingdom "Having a match under your belt is bound to be an advantage in a competition where there is no prior form like a league or anything so rather than going in cold, having a game, has to be an advantage to a team. "

O'Sullivan was most impressed with Kerry's team work first day out " I think it was the teamwork from a team that were playing for the first time together that impressed me most against Tipperary. I thought the players really bedded in well together when they got going in the second half. We will not be making any wholesale changes maybe a few positional to accommodate the replacements but that will be it"
So what does the Kerry boss think of Limerick and Kerry's chances "We would be optimistic on the basis that the game we played will stand to us. We have obviously lost a couple of key players but we have probably built up enough of an understanding to be competitive. We should certainly start the game better and we would be hopeful of not falling behind early on. We will hope that our forwards will get enough balls and if they do we would be hoping to post enough scores against a Limerick side who will probably be physically bigger than us"


Thursday, 02 June 2011 20:06 |
The Kerry Junior team to play Limerick in the Munster GAA Junior semi final on Saturday next at 4.45pm is as follows: 1. Sean O'Ciardubháin, Cordal 2. Kevin O'Dwyer, Waterville 3. Shane Brosnan, Kerins O'Rahillys 4. Colin O'Mahony, Ballydonoghue 5. Eamon Hickson, Annascaul
6. Brian Costello, John Mitchels 7. James Walsh, Knocknagoshel 8. Mike Coakley, Scartaglin
9. Andrew Garnett, Spa 10. Gary Sayers, Keel 11. Michael Murphy, Gneeveguilla (Capt) 12. Michael Brennan, Churchill
13. Gavin O'Grady, Glenbeigh-Glencar 14. Brendan Poff, St. Pats 15. Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory
Subs: 16. Paul O'Sullivan, Churchill
17. Francis Courtney, Beaufort
18. Paul Kennelly, Ballydonoghue
19. Pa Kilkenny, Glenbeigh-Glencar
20. Tom McGoldrick, Brosna
21. Pádraig O'Connor, Gneeveguilla
22. Kieran O'Connor, Listowel
23. Edmund Walsh, Knocknagoshel
24. To be announced

Game Times

The Kerry Junior team will play Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday 4th June at 4.45

The Kerry senior team will play Limerick in The Munster Championship semi final on Saturday 4th June at 6.45pm in The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 23:10 |
The following is the Traffic Management Plan to cater for the Limerick V Kerry Junior & Senior Munster Championship Semi Finals on Saturday evening:
The Garda advice to all patrons attending this event on 4th.June, 2011 is to use bus/mini bus, private hire or share transport to this event.
Arrive early and avail of street/multi- storey parking in the city centre area. Patrons can either walk out to the Stadium - 15/20 minute walk or avail of the Public Bus or any Taxi/PSV vehicle service. Patrons heeding of this advice are likely to avoid delays in travelling home after event.

Sarsfield Bridge, Shannon Bridge, Thomond Bridge and New Limerick Tunnel will be open to 2 way Traffic at all times Traffic travelling inbound on the M7 or from other routes should follow the N18 Galway Route and use Exit 3 (Clonmacken Exit ) - similarly traffic inbound on N18 should use Exit 4 Caherdavin Exit. Delays can expected on all routes owing to extra volumes.

Road Closures will not apply or be put in place for this event.

No general parking spaces are available immediately outside or within the grounds and vehicle access to the grounds (this includes access for vehicles with special needs) is limited by Pass (Only) issued by Stadium Management.

Reduce the risk of theft or interference with property and do not leave any bags/mobile phones or other valuables in vehicles

Do not park illegally - your actions may have consequences for Emergency Vehicle Access or damage local amenities

Parking restrictions will be put in place at/near the Stadium and Vehicles found in breach will be impounded. Penalty €125.00 payment before release. The same applies to vehicles parked in bus lanes/ cycle lanes Prosecutions in Court may arise also.