Limerick and Tipperary do battle for Munster Minor Football Phase One honours

John Ryan has made three changes to the side for the final with captain Aidan O’Shea coming in for his first appearance of the season.

The Limerick Minor Footballers will aim for the Munster Football Championship Phase One title when they take on Tipperary this Thursday in Mallow in the decider.

It is a repeat of last year’s decider with John Ryan’s men looking to avenge that defeat with the game live on Munster GAA TV.

Throw in in Mallow is 7pm with both teams advancing to the Munster semi-final outright in a fortnight’s time.

John Ryan has made three changes to the side for the final with captain Aidan O’Shea coming in for his first appearance of the season following injury. Cillian Meade and Cian Costello also come into the starting XV.

There are also a number of positional changes to the team that beat Waterford to secure their place in the phase one final.

Captain O’Shea is the only survivor from the Limerick team that were beaten 1-14 to 1-4 by the Premier county in last year’s phase one final. The Cappagh Rathkeale native got Limerick’s goal on that day.

Tipperary were also victorious in the round robin meeting of the sides in the first round of the 2023 championship in Mick Neville Park. The visitors dominated the opening exchanges, kicking the first six scores of the evening, eventually running out 1-11 to 0-7 victors.

They would go on to defeat Waterford and Clare to secure top spot in the group. Limerick responded to the defeat to Tipperary with back to back wins over the Banner and the Deise, the same route they took to get to last year’s final. But while their season was ended after the phase one final in 2022, both sides will be guaranteed a Munster semi-final against Cork/Kerry next Thursday. Cork and Kerry meet on Thursday evening with the losers to play the phase one winners and vice versa.

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Tipperary have been very impressive thus far in the campaign but Limerick will take confidence from the back to back victories in the meantime. The return of O’Shea is also a huge boost to the Shannonsiders chances who can look at the game as a free hit with the Munster semi-final spot already secured.

Whether they can overturn Tipperary remains to be seen but if they can continue their upward trajectory, they have every chance at claiming a first ever phase one title.

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