Saturday 18 November 2017

Tonight’s preview: Munster U-21 HC semi-final

Clare v Limerick, Cusack Park, Ennis, 7.30

A groin injury to Darach Honan has robbed supporters of the spectacle of the Clare man going head-to-head with another of the country's hottest young talents Declan Hannon in Ennis tonight.

When the sides met last year at this stage a late Honan goal saw Clare win by three points, although John Minogue can call on four others from Banner's 2011 senior squad in Patrick O'Connor, Cathal Chaplin, Cathal McInerney and Conor McGrath.

Clare are hoping to reach their third final in a row at U-21 level and they will have to keep a very close eye on Hannon, who will carry the bulk of the scoring responsibility for Limerick. Having had his senior championship debut delayed by his Leaving Cert, the Adare youngster quickly became Donal O'Grady's side's talisman as he hit 0-11 of their 0-18 tally in their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final defeat to Dublin in Thurles.

Kevin Downes and Graeme Mulcahy also started that game for Limerick, who haven't won a provincial title at the grade since the county won three All-Ireland titles in succession from 2000-'02.

The prize for the winners is a home date against a Cork side that impressed when beating reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the other Munster semi-final. That game will take place on August 3.

Odds: Clare 4/9 Limerick 2/1 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Clare

Clare -- K Brennan; D Nash, P O'Connor, P Flanagan; K Ryan, C Chaplin, S O'Halloran; L Markham, C Ryan; S Golden, C McInerney, T Kelly; P Collins, F Kennedy, C McGrath

Limerick -- TBC

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