Croke Park confirmed for Limerick hurlers’ league quarter final

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick's Thomas O'Brien sets up an attack during the win over Laois
LIMERICK’S hurling league quarter final fixture with Dublin will take place in Croke Park this Saturday.

LIMERICK’S hurling league quarter final fixture with Dublin will take place in Croke Park this Saturday.

Sunday’s final round of the Allianz Hurling League saw Limerick finish as runners-up to promoted Waterford in Division 1B and therefore face the third placed team in the top tier - Dublin.

The clash of Limerick and Dublin was confirmed this Monday lunch time by Croke Park officials, when a toss for home advantage took place.

The trip to Dublin will see the hurling quarter final played in Croke Park next Saturday night as a double-header with the Dublin against Derry Football League game, which has a 7.00 start.

While the start time for the hurling is yet to be fully confirmed it is understood it will throw-in at 5.00.

“This whole Division 1A and Division 1B is disappointing because we wanted to win it from the outset and we didn’t but right now we are playing against a Division 1A side and have an opportunity to get to a semi-final,” said Limerick manager TJ Ryan yesterday.

If his side overcome Dublin, that would set up am April 19 semi final against either Cork or Wexford at a neutral venue.

“We can still make a silver lining - we wanted to win Division 1B and that didn’t happen and nothing we can do now only get on with it.

“We want to win a quarter final and get to a semi final,” vowed the Limerick manager.

A home tie for the Limerick hurlers would have seen the game played in the Gaelic Grounds as a double-header with the crucial Limerick and Clare Football League game.

The Division Three football tie will now be played Newcastle West next Sunday at 3.00.