Croke Park, 3.30pm

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Last 5 Championship meetings
2018: Cork 1-25 Limerick 0-28 (Munster)
2014: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24 (Munster final)
2013: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
2010: Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

This is a mouthwatering contest between two closely matched teams who have been in superb form all summer.

They played out a thrilling draw in the third round of Munster games when Limerick played the entire second half without the red-carded Aaron Gillane, their second top-scorer.

Another draw would mean extra-time (two periods of ten minutes only) but then a replay as free-taking competitions are only used if necessary in the preliminary quarter-finals.

The Treaty missed out on a place in the provincial decider after a somewhat surprising defeat to Clare, and Cork beat the Banner to retain their Munster title.

Aaron Gillane is shown the line against Cork

The Rebels, along with Galway, are one of just two teams not to lose a game thus far but for some reason they haven't entirely convinced the critics.

Letting winning positions slip against both Tipperary and Limerick cost them points while they needed a late rally against already eliminated Waterford to ensure their top-two spot.

Nonetheless, they are back-to-back provincial champions and deserve their status of slight favourites tomorrow.

Limerick bounced back from the disappointment of that Clare loss to beat Kilkenny for the first time in 45 years in the quarter-final and will be confident they can take down their more decorated neighbours.

Cork haven't been to an All-Ireland final since losing to Clare in 2013 while Limerick's last experience of the big day was a chastening one against Kilkenny in 2007 so both teams will be feeling the pressure.

Predictions are for a crowd as big as 75,000 at Croke Park. They should be in for a treat.

Team news

Both sides have named unchanged 15s. Cork have kept faith with the same side that overcame Clare in the Munster final, meaning that captain Seamus Harnedy has been passed fit to start.

Harnedy had emerged as a late doubt for the Rebels with a minor hamstring injury, but he is fit enough to lead his side against Limerick.

The Treaty were able to name the same starting fifteen which beat Kilkenny in their quarter-final clash two weeks and it's also the same side that claimed a late draw against Cork in the Munster Championship.

Kevin Downes is named on the bench for Limerick however, and he could be in line for his first Championship outing in two years after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in August 2016.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Sean O'Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Luke Meade; Shane Kingston, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan

Subs: Ger Collins, Conor O Sullivan, Mark Ellis, Tim O Mahony, Billy Hennessy, Dean Brosnan, Robbie O Flynn, Jack O Connor, Michael Cahalane, Brian Lawton, Rob O Shea

Limerick: Nickie Quaid, Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English, Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey, Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey, Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy

Subs: Barry Hennessy, Peter Casey, Tom Condon, Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes, Seamus Hickey, Richie McCarthy, Barry Nash, William O’Donoghue, David Reidy, Pat Ryan 

Jackie Tyrell's verdict

"I really love this Limerick team, particularly their defence.

"Their half-back line is their strongest line on the field and probably the best in the country.

"Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey are so good in the air, good on the ground, they're able to break out and deliver top quality ball into the attack.

"Their full-back line are very under-rated. They were brilliant against Kilkenny and set the tempo.There's no
real question marks around their defence.

"Cian Lynch is their talisman. Will Cork man-mark him? Kilkenny did and curbed his effectiveness.

"I think they will win because there are still question marks around the Cork defence, particularly the spine of
it at 3 and 6.

"Limerick are a more settled team and have really good elusive forwards who are able to get scores.

"Will the Cork half-back line man mark like they did in the first half of the Munster final or just play their
position and pick up whoever comes into it, which worked a lot better for them.

"But I struggle to see how Cork are going to cut down that space in front of the Limerick full-forward line and I
would give Limerick the nod." 

Overnight rain will clear and it will become drier generally in the afternoon, with sunshine and scattered showers through the day. Highest temperatures of 19 to 21 degrees with moderate winds. For more go to

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