Limerick footballers aware of London threat

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick football manager John Brudair
LIMERICK football manager John Brudair insists that his side will be on high alert for Saturday’s All-Ireland football qualifier against London.

LIMERICK football manager John Brudair insists that his side will be on high alert for Saturday’s All-Ireland football qualifier against London.

Last month, Limerick failed badly in the Munster championship with defeat to Tipperary.

But the All-Ireland qualifier draw was kind to Limerick with a home tie against London in the backdoor series.

The game has a 3.00 start in the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday with the bookies making Limerick the hot 1/7 favourites.

But Limerick manager John Brudair has pointed out that London were Connacht finalists last Summer.

“They took some scalps along the way last year,” pointed out Brudair.

“They were in the Connacht final and we are well aware that we have to give them full respect.”

But Brudair accepted that Limerick could have got a worse draw.

“Derry away was the first team out the hat so when you look at it like that this is not so bad. It is a game that we know we can win if we perform.”

Limerick won’t announce their starting team until after training on Thursday but changes are expected from the loss to Tipperary.

Brudair reports an injury free camp, aside from a slight back complaint to John Riordan.

Challenge games against Offaly and a Kerry selection helped preparations since the Munster championship.

“Those games showed us that everyone was ready to put their shoulders to the wheel,” said Brudair of the recent challenge games.

“It was tough for everyone to take that defeat - it was more the manner of the loss. It was the performance rather than the defeat itself that hurt,” said the Limerick manager.

“The last 10-12 days have been good and everyone is just anxious to put in a performance and put the Tipperary game to bed.”

“We are just hopeful that we will get a performance - everyone has put in an awful lot of work these year and hopefully that will show.”