These two Division 4 sides will face off on Sunday with both sides missing key players through injury.

Limerick must cope with the absence of midfielder John Galvin, who has damaged a cruciate ligament, while Waterford travel without the services of ace attacker Gary Hurney (broken jaw).

Waterford won the league encounter at the Gaelic Grounds in March, but Limerick finished higher in the table.

With so little to choose between the sides, home advantage might just see the hosts over the line.

The loss of Galvin is a bitter blow for the Treatymen as it is the second year their talisman has been struck down with the increasingly prevalent ailment. What makes it all the more galling is that its recurrence occurred in Galvin’s comeback game against Fermanagh on 1 April.

Limerick manager Maurice Horan has named Eoin Barry at wing-forward, with the Dromcollogher-Broadford clubman the only player in the starting XV yet to experience Championship football.
Barry is included at the expense of Stephen Kelly, but the veteran forward is sure to see some action as long as he has recovered sufficiently from a knee problem.

Midfielder Tom Lee recently returned from Australia, while Mike Sheehan is back in Ireland following college commitments in the US. They will no doubt be sprung from the bench should the Shannonsiders find themselves in a difficult position.

Waterford will take confidence from the 1-18 to 1-14 victory they secured on Shannonside back in March, but the Déise have lost their previous two Championship encounters with Sunday’s opponents.

Hurney’s absence will be keenly felt, but manager John Owens will look to the likes of Mark Ferncombe to shoulder the scoring burden.

While Waterford may have taken the points in the league clash, their form has since dipped as they subsequently lost to Carlow and Leitrim before rounding off their campaign with a draw against London.

Limerick, however, kicked on after the Waterford loss and recorded a credible draw away to Division 4 champions Fermanagh before finishing off with a ten-point win over Carlow.

It is always dangerous to read too much into league form, but it does suggest that the hosts are in a good position to continue their good Championship record against the Déise and be rewarded with a semi-final date with Clare on 9 June.

Verdict: Limerick