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Despite scoring 1-3 last weekend, Declan Hannon is centre back for Limerick this weekend

Boss TJ Ryan has shuffled his pack as Shannonsiders aim to step up promotion chase

Declan Hannon is centre back for the Limerick hurlers on Saturday night
Declan Hannon is centre back for the Limerick hurlers on Saturday night
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

DECLAN HANNON MAKES the switch from attack to defence for the Limerick senior hurlers against Offaly on Saturday evening. The towering Adare star has been named in the pivotal centre back position for the visit of the Faithful County to the Gaelic Grounds.

Hannon scored 1-3 for the promotion favourites in Division 1B in last weekend’s dramatic victory over Wexford. After impressing in substitute roles during that game, Cian Lynch and Seanie Tobin are handed starts up front against Offaly. David Reidy and Wayne McNamara drop out of the team as boss TJ Ryan shuffles his pack.

Tom Condon is also ruled out again after he suffered a recurrence of an old groin injury in the warm-up before the Wexford game.

Elsewhere, free-scoring forwards Jack Guiney and Paul Morris are both injured and will miss out on Wexford’s clash with Laois. Niall Breen starts ahead of Mark Fanning in goal and Aidan Nolan makes a welcome return to the panel after recovering from a broken finger.

All players outside of the starting 15 have been released by county boss Liam Dunne to play with their clubs in the all county hurling league today and tomorrow. 

There are three changes on the Antrim hurling team to face Waterford as Chris O’Connell replaces Ryan McGarry between the sticks, with Tomas McCann and Shane McNaughton drafted into the attack.

Limerick team:

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher)

5. Conor Allis (Croom)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

8. Paul Browne (Bruff)
9. James Ryan (Garryspillane)

10. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Donal O’Grady (Granagh-Ballingarry)
12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

13. John Fitzgibbon (Adare)
14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher)

Wexford team:

1. Niall Breen (Tara Rocks)

2. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
3. Tomas Waters (St Martins)
4. Eoin Moore (Oulart-the-Ballagh)

5. Paudie Foley (Crossabeg/Ballymurn)
6. Matthew O’Hanlon (St James)
7. Andrew Shore (Parnell’s, Dublin)

8. David Redmond (Oulart-the-Ballagh)
9. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)

10. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St Annes)
11. Daithi Waters (St Martins)
12. Ian Byrne (Ferns St Aidans)

13. Liam Óg McGovern (St Annes)
14. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna)
15. Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn)

Antrim team:

1. Chris O’Connell (Na Seamroga)

2. Ryan McCambridge (Ruairí Óg)
3. Neal McAuley (Mac Uilin)
4. Aaron Graffin (Ruairí Óg)

5. Simon McCrory (Naomh Eoin)
6. Conor McKinley (Cú Chulainn)
7. Michael Bradley (Naomh Eoin)

8. Neil McManus (c) (Ruairí Óg)
9. Ciaran Johnson (Naomh Eoin)

10. Niall McKenna (Padraig Sairseil)
11. Tomas McCann (Ciceaim Creagan)
12. Paul Shiels (Cú Chulainn)

13. PJ O’Connell (Gaeil Na Cluanaigh)
14. Shane McNaughton (Ruairí Óg)
15. Ciaran Clarke (Mac Uilin)

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