LIMERICK’S forwards answered the call.
Joint manager TJ Ryan was left beaming by his attacking options after they racked up a 23-point win.
The big total was despite having just two of last season’s regular nine forwards.
“There were a lot of pleasing aspects but February is over now and we have Wexford at home in two weeks time and that is going to be a big game,” said Ryan afterwards.
“It was a good second half performance and we hit 3-20 from play so we would be happy with that - 3-20 from 3-26 is pleasing,” said Ryan on a day Limerick had 11 different scorers.
“We looked for that in the second half and we got some good goals - it’s two points and with a one the last day we would be happy with that at this stage. It’s February so its time to dive on and we have next weekend off so it’s back to the training ground for Wexford in two weeks time.”
Limerick’s attack had scores from 11-different players.
That was despite the absence of Mulcahy, Dowling, Downes, Breen, Hannon, Hickey and Moran - all mainstays of 2013 in attack.
“It’s a win and a good scoring average so we are happy to move on to the next day - but credit to Antrim they worked hard and made it difficult for us by playing a sweeper there for a while but we expected that,” said Ryan.
“Any time you win is good - all we could get today was two points and its important that we don’t loose focus because we have got to win our games and then scoring comes in down the road. We looked for that second half - it was 0-11 to 0-6 at half time and we would have wanted to be a bit further clear. In fairness when you look At Antrim over the years and even back to my own time playing against them, they always make life difficult.”
The manager saw other positives, aside from the attack.
“In fairness we only gave away on free in the second half which is obviously pleasing as well. We felt we gave away one or two cheap frees and conceded some easy scores in the first half but the lads knew that themselves,” said Ryan.