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Hickey expects a response as Limerick make 13 changes from Cork hammering

“You can’t accept that as a normal standard,” insists the former Young Hurler of the Year.

Seamus Hickey starts on the bench for Limerick tonight.
Seamus Hickey starts on the bench for Limerick tonight.
Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

FOLLOWING THEIR 21-POINT defeat to Cork on Sunday, there are just two survivors in the Limerick starting line-up for tonight’s Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League clash with Clare in Sixmilebridge (7.30pm).

Corner-back Stephen Cahill and corner-forward Barry Nash are the only players retained by Limerick boss John Kiely from the 7-22 to 1-19 loss to the Rebels three days ago. The Clare team, which was named yesterday, shows eight changes from their win against Kerry.

Limerick started their campaign with a seven-point victory over Waterford on 8 January, but veteran defender Seamus Hickey — who has been included on the bench for this evening’s game — says that although they’re certainly not pushing the panic button, the Shannonsiders need to deliver some kind of a response to Sunday’s trouncing from Cork.

“We have to put up our standards,” said Hickey. “You can’t accept that as a normal standard, no question. There will have to be a response. It’s not going to be tearing down walls but we have to up what we consider to be a normal standard and what’s acceptable from our group.”

The 2007 Young Hurler of the Year added: “You never want to put in that type of performance but it is what it is. We put out a team that we felt was capable of winning the game – John did – and it didn’t happen. It’s January, it’s the Munster League, we have a game against Clare and that’s what we’re looking at.”

Barry Nash and Stephen McDonnell Limerick's Barry Nash battling with Stephen McDonnell of Cork during Sunday's game at the Gaelic Grounds. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Elsewhere in the Limerick team for this evening’s game, Monaleen’s Andrew La Touche Cosgrave will make his senior debut for the county. He’ll be joined in the half-forward line by Cian Lynch, who’ll start at centre-forward for his first Limerick outing of 2017.


1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell — captain)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock)

8. John Fitzgibbon (Adare)
9. James Ryan (Garryspillane)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)
11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
12. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Barry Nash (South Liberties)
15. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher)


16. David McCarthy (Glenroe)
17. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher)
18. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswel)
19. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)
20. Darragh O Donovan (Doon)
21. Paul Browne (Bruff)
22. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)
23. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
24. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)
25. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
26. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell)

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