Flanagan and O’Donovan named in Limerick side to face Galway

Team news: John Kiely makes two changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final

Séamus Flanagan comes into the Limerick team for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Séamus Flanagan comes into the Limerick team for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 

Limerick manager John Kiely has made two changes to his Munster championship winning side for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Galway. Séamus Flanagan, who made an impact in the provincial final win over Waterford after coming off the bench, comes in at full forward.

A regular starter in the All-Ireland winning team of two years ago, he replaces corner forward Peter Casey. The other change sees Darragh O’Donovan, another 2018 starter, comes in for David Reidy. O’Donovan starts at centrefield with Cian Lynch switching to centre forward where he played in the Munster semi-final win over Tipperary.

Opponents Galway are unchanged for the match, a re-run of the 2018 final, won by Limerick, after last week’s All-Ireland quarter-final elimination of champions Tipperary.

For Saturday’s semi-final Brian Cody has announced a Kilkenny team in which former Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan is listed to start, having scored a remarkable goal in the Leinster final defeat of Galway. All-Ireland winning forwards Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh have been dropped after being taken off in the provincial final.

As well as Hogan, Billy Ryan returns at corner forward. The one other change sees Paddy Deegan return to the defence in place of Richie Leahy, who is injured.

Waterford have named the same side that defeated Clare last week in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

LIMERICK: 1 Nickie Quaid; 2 Seán Finn, 3 Dan Morrissey, 4 Barry Nash; 5 Diarmaid Byrnes, 6 Declan Hannon, 7 Kyle Hayes; 8 Darragh O’Donovan, 9 William O’Donoghue; 10 Gearóid Hegarty, 11 Cian Lynch, 12 Tom Morrissey; 13 Aaron Gillane, 14 Séamus Flanagan, 15 Graeme Mulcahy.

Subs: 16 Barry Hennessy, 17 Conor Boylan, 18 Adrian Breen, 19 Peter Casey, 20 Ronan Connolly, 21 Aaron Costello, 22 Richie English, 23 Robbie Hanley, 24 Paddy O’Loughlin, 25 David Reidy, 26 Pat Ryan.

GALWAY: 1 Éanna Murphy; 2 Aidan Harte, 3 Daithí Burke, 4 Shane Cooney; 5 Fintan Burke, 6 Gearóid McInerney, 7 Joseph Cooney; 8 Pádraic Mannion, 9 Johnny Coen; 10 Joe Canning, 11 Cathal Mannion, 12 David Burke; 13 Brian Concannon, 14 Conor Cooney, 15 Conor Whelan.

Subs: 16 James Skehill, 17 Darren Morrissey, 18 Jack Fitzpatrick, 19 Seán Loftus, 20 Adrian Tuohy, 21 Evan Niland, 22 Jason Flynn, 23 Seán Linnane, 24 Niall Burke, 25 Jarlath Mannion, 26 Tadhg Haran.

KILKENNY: 1 Eoin Murphy; 2 Conor Delaney, 3 Huw Lawlor, 4 Tommy Walsh; 5 Pádraig Walsh, 6 Cillian Buckley, 7 Paddy Deegan; 8 Conor Browne, 9 Conor Fogarty; 10 John Donnelly, 11 TJ Reid, 12 Martin Keoghan; 13 Billy Ryan, 14 Richie Hogan, 15 Eoin Cody.

Subs: 16 Darren Brennan, 17 Paul Murphy, 18 Joey Holden, 19 Ciarán Wallace, 20 Richie Reid, 21 Alan Murphy, 22 Colin Fennelly, 23 Walter Walsh, 24 Liam Blanchfield, 25 Ger Aylward, 26 Niall Brassil.

WATERFORD: 1 Stephen O’Keeffe; 2 Ian Kenny, 3 Conor Prunty (capt), 4 Shane McNulty; 5 Calum Lyons, 6 Tadhg de Búrca, 7 Kevin Moran; 8 Jamie Barron, 9 Jake Dillon; 10 Jack Fagan, 11 Kieran Bennett, 12 Stephen Bennett; 13 Dessie Hutchinson, 14 Austin Gleeson, 15 Jack Prendergast.

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