Sporting Limerick Cup: McDonald Looks To “Important” Clash

Limerick manager Neil McDonald will use the Sporting Limerick Cup to “have a good look” at those who have not had much game-time, with a number of underage players also set to be included in the matchday squad.

The Shannonsiders returned to training on Monday morning following the midseason break and will be quickly back in action on Tuesday evening as they face LDMC Premier League Champions Janesboro at the Markets Field, kick-off 7.45pm.

With a crucial league match with runaway leaders Cork City in Turner’s Cross this Friday, McDonald will use the second edition of the Charity Cup to run the rule over certain players, including Stephen Kenny, Garbhán Coughlan – who scored for the Irish Colleges & Universities in France last week – and Seán McSweeney among others.

“It’s vitally important for the players who haven’t played,” McDonald said when asked how he would treat the game. “I will have a good look at them. We will have a fair few first-team players and it will be a strong team.

“I’ll be having a look at a number of players. There will be a lot of young kids on the bench too – so there will be some of the Under-17s and Under-19s as well as senior players.”

Janesboro were crowned local Premier League Champions recently after claiming the title by a single point from Nenagh.

The inaugural Sporting Limerick Cup took place in June 2016, with Carew Park running out 2-1 winners at the Markets Field following goals from Mark McGrath and Jamie O’Sullivan, who is now at the ‘Boro. Limerick’s strike came from Paul O’Conor.

Janesboro’s squad also contains former Superblues John Tierney, Shane Clarke and Lee O’Mara.

Admission on Tuesday night is €5, with Under-12s free.

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Preview Date: Monday 12 June 2017