Limerick footballers should prioritise League, says GAA chief

THE Limerick footballers should prioritise the League, according to Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan in his annual report.

THE Limerick footballers should prioritise the League, according to Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan in his annual report.

The Kilmallock man gives a blow-by-blow account of their season in a detailed piece but says that promotion from Division 4 is hugely important.

“Overall it was a disappointing League campaign as we failed to reach the National League Final,” he writes. “I think there should be a priority given to the League next season and an emphasis put on gaining promotion to Division 3.

“It is necessary for the future development of our younger players.”

Turning his attention to the championship, O’Riordan praises the team for their displays in the All Ireland Qualifiers but regrets that Limerick didn’t show that form in the Munster championship.

“Limerick progressed to the Qualifiers and received Longford in the first round of the draw. In what was an outstanding game Limerick performed brilliantly to win by six points after extra time. It was great to see the blend of youth and experience producing such a display on the day.

“The team then drew Kildare in the next round ... and for the second week running produced an excellent display this time against a much fancied Kildare team.

“Limerick were in command up to the last few minutes of regulation time when Kildare bounced back to level the game. Kildare upped the ante in extra time to win the game by seven points.

“If only they could have produced those performances in the Munster championship, they could have been contenders. The team deserves huge credit for the last two games of the year. The year also saw a number of young players getting their chance at senior level.”

Under the section dedicated to the minor football team, O’Riordan praises the development work done in the last two years and notes that two minor players in 2011 were part of the senior panel in 2012.

The junior footballers, however, come in for criticism. They were beaten by 2-13 to 0-10 by Waterford and O’Riordan calls for a “major revamp of this team with an emphasis on development for the future and not trying to fulfil a fixture with 15 players.”