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Sunday 22 April 2018

Allen sizing up Rebel scalp

Jackie Cahill

LIMERICK boss John Allen believes that his side could benefit from Cork's injury problems in the Munster SHC final on Sunday week.

The Rebels have lost key defender Brian Murphy for the rest of the season after he broke a collarbone on club duty last Sunday.

And former Cork manager Allen found it "strange enough" that club games were allowed to proceed in his native county just a fortnight before the provincial showpiece on July 14.

He revealed: "I was listening to the game – Bride Rovers and Ballinhassig. I thought it was strange enough that they were playing even the fortnight before the Munster final. Brian Murphy came through 62 or whatever it was minutes and was injured in the last play of the game.

"It's the same with Lorcan McLoughlin getting injured, Pa Cronin being sick recently and Paudie O'Sullivan (broken leg). Panel-wise we are in a better position than Cork."

Allen once again called for the removal of the secondary provincial competitions, such as the Waterford Crystal and Walsh Cups, in favour of an expanded National League.

He explained: "Get rid of the tertiary competitions and spread out the league and make it bigger – it would be better for everybody."

And he backed Tipp to bounce back from their Munster semi-final defeat against Limerick by slaying Kilkenny in tomorrow's qualifier.

He said: "Kilkenny have a lot of injuries again, three weeks in a row, not going very well. I think it might be Tipp's turn. It (the hurling championship) is like 'Tales of the Unexpected'."

Irish Independent

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