THE Limerick senior footballers’ first championship appearance in Croke Park will be against Kerry next weekend after they were paired together in the All Ireland quarter-final draw.
Limerick beat Wexford in controversial circumstances in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday night as a late free from Ian Ryan was deemed over the bar by referee Derek Fahy after consultation with his umpires.
Ryan’s free came in the 74th minute, after a goal from Eoghan O’Connor had earlier drawn the sides level, but his high kick was waved wide by one umpire while the other flagged it as a point. However, the Longford official discussed the matter with both umpires before signalling it as a point and Limerick held on for a famous win.
It will be the county’s first appearance in the All Ireland quarter-final but there will be an element of disappointment after they drew a Kerry side that they were beaten heavily by just seven weeks ago in the Munster championship.
Limerick could have drawn Dublin, Mayo or Donegal but instead will face the side that have caused them huge disappointment in recent years.
Limerick manager Maurice Horan said after the game that their earlier 11-point loss to Kerry wasn’t a true reflection of his side’s ability and they now get a chance to prove that this weekend.
“People disregarded what we did last year just because of one poor performance against Kerry.
“But that game was just an aberration. That wasn’t a true reflection of this team. Whatever about winning or losing, we just froze on the night.Kerry got a brilliant start and were out of our reach. that’s one thing that spurs us on. We can’t let a game out of our reach.”
And the Mayoman said his side have now earned their right to a place in the last eight of the championship.
“It’s not a token appearance, they’ve earned it the hard way.”
The GAA will announce today the details of next weekend’s games but it is expected there will be two double headers on Saturday and Sunday in Croke Park.
The full list of games next weekend is: Limerick V Kerry; Cork V Mayo; Donegal V Kildare and Tyrone V Roscommon (Round 4 game). Dublin play the winners of Tyrone and Roscommon the following week.