Three Limerick sides are in Munster Club Championship action this weekend, with two of the three taking place as part of a double header at the Gaelic Grounds. Sporting Limerick have been looking ahead to the contests with Matt O’Callaghan of the Weekly Observer.
Munster SHC semi-final Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock (Cork) 2pm Gaelic Grounds
Na Piarsaigh will come into their semi-final clash with Blackrock as firm favourites to reach the Munster decider.
The Caherdavin side have never lost at this level, having competed in ten Munster Club Championship ties.
Na Piarsaigh come into the game as Limerick champions, while Blackrock were defeated in their own county final on a 3-13 to 0-18-point score line to divisional side Imokilly. It’s the first time that the Limerick side will face Cork opposition in the competition.
Matt – “Na Piarsaigh will be on the alert they will take absolutely nothing for granted but they are in very good form. It’s hard to see them not making it through to the final but Blackrock will be wounded having lost the county final.”
Munster JAHC quarter-final St Patricks v Ardmore (Waterford) 12pm Gaelic Grounds
St Patricks will be looking to atone for last year’s heavy Munster loss to Cork’s Mayfield when they take on Ardmore of Waterford this weekend.
The Rhebogue based side have made it to the quarter-final stage as Kilamllock are ineligible to field a team in the competition.
Ardmore were relegated from the intermediate ranks at the end of 2016 but have bounced straight back this year, recording a facile 5-17 to 0-9-win Ballydurn in the Waterford Junior A final.
Matt – “I’m expecting Pats to get a really good challenge in this one but I’m expecting them to be battle hardened. They’ve had two great games against Kilmallock that will put them in good stead for this game. It should be an interesting game but Pats will need to pull out all the stops to get the better of the Waterford men.”.
Munster club IFC quarter-final St Senans v Kildangan (Tipperary) 2pm Toomevara
St Senans come into this game off the back of an impressive County Intermediate Championship campaign. While North Tipperary side Kildangan saw off Clonmel OG 1-11 to 1-7 to claim their own County Intermediate Football title last month.
Matt – “There’s no reason why they can’t go to Kildangan and give a very good account of themselves and possibly pick up a win.”
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