Munster draws: Hurlers face Limerick; Footballers avoid Kerry and Tipp

Cork teams will be in action this summer once the leagues are finished
Munster draws: Hurlers face Limerick; Footballers avoid Kerry and Tipp

Limerick's Graeme Mulcahy fouls Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

THE Cork hurlers face All-Ireland and Munster champions Limerick in the provincial semi-final this summer, with Tipperary against the winners of Clare-Waterford on the other side of the draw.

Last season Cork fell to Waterford in the Munster semi-final, before bouncing back to beat Dublin and getting eliminated by Tipperary in the qualifiers.

Kieran Kingston's side will be underdogs taking on the Shannonsiders, though generally, Cork and Limerick battles have been extremely close in recent seasons. 

In the last championship meeting in 2019, the Rebels were victorious in the Gaelic Grounds, while in 2018 the counties drew at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the Munster round-robin before a Limerick win after extra time in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.

The teams will also clash in the league, in a section with Galway, Westmeath, Waterford and Tipperary. That game on June 5, a month before championship, will very much be a phoney war.

The Cork footballers will face the winners of Waterford and Limerick in the Munster semi-final this summer.

Ian Maguire of Cork and David Moran of Kerry contest a kick-out last season. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ian Maguire of Cork and David Moran of Kerry contest a kick-out last season. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Rebels were handed a very favourable draw this morning when Clare and Kerry were first out of the hat and then pitted against Tipperary, which puts Cork against Waterford or Limerick.

The Kingdom will be fancied to make the provincial decider, and if Cork also progress, that game would be in Killarney in July.

Last winter Cork stunned Kerry at Páirc Uí Chaoimh when Mark Keane struck for the winning goal with the last kick of the game. 

Unfortunately, they couldn't cope with the tag of favourites in the subsequent Munster final against a fired-up Tipp, who deservedly lifted the title and moved into the All-Ireland series. Like 2020, there's no room for error in the championship, with the safety net of the qualifiers gone.

Conor Sweeney of Tipperary is tackled by Sean Meehan, left, and Maurice Shanley of Cork. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Conor Sweeney of Tipperary is tackled by Sean Meehan, left, and Maurice Shanley of Cork. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cork have three league games against Clare, Laois and Kildare coming up in Division 2 South, as well as a promotion or relegation play-off against a county from Division 2 North, Mayo, Meath, Down or Westmeath. 

Their preparation has been hindered by the suspension of manager Ronan McCarthy for 12 weeks as a consequence of a session held at Youghal beach at the start of the year, which breached GAA's training ban due to Covid.

MUNSTER HURLING 2021:

Quarter-final: Clare v Waterford;

Semi-finals: Tipperary v Clare or Waterford; Cork v Limerick.

MUNSTER FOOTBALL 2021:

Quarter-finals: Clare v Kerry; Waterford v Limerick;

Semi-finals: Tipperary v Clare or Kerry; Cork v Waterford or Limerick.

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