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Limerick are unchanged for All-Ireland semi-final clash with Clare

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 09:15 | Comments

Paudie O'Brien starts again for Limerick
Paudie O'Brien starts again for Limerick

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Limerick have named an unchanged side for their All-Ireland hurling championship semi-final with Clare at Croke Park on Sunday (3.30pm).

Manager John Allen has kept faith with the same starting fifteen that overcame Cork in the Munster final as his side attempt to win the right to take on the Rebels in the All-Ireland final.

Full-forward Kevin Downes had been an injury worry for Allen but he has recovered from foot injury.

He must, however, settle for a place on the bench.

Limerick have not had a competitive game since their Munster final victory over Cork four weeks ago, nevertheless Allen is confident his side will hit the ground running against Clare.

"I see the quality of training and quality of off the field training - the gym work and their attention to hydrating properly and eating properly. And all of those things add up.

"The preparation has to be done. You cannot just turn up. You cannot just turn it on, on the day," he insisted.

However despite all their preparation, Allen is wary of the threat that Clare will offer and claims that there's little to pick between the two sides.

“We beat them in the Championship last year. They beat us in the league. The players know each other well. A refereeing decision, a rub of the green going for you or against you, could decide this game, but there certainly won’t be much in it," he said.

Limerick: Nickie Quaid, Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon, Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony, Paul Browne, Dónal O’Grady (c), David Breen, James Ryan, Seamus Hickey, Graham Mulcahy, Declan Hannon, Seanie Tobin

Live television coverage of Limerick v Galway (minor) and Limerick v Clare (senior) from 13:15 on Sunday 18 August on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 14:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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