Limerick hurlers drawn away to Westmeath

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

TJ Ryan, Limerick manager pictured during the Gaelic Grounds defeat to Tipperary
THE Limerick senior hurlers have been drawn away to Westmeath in round one of the All Ireland SHC Qualifiers.

THE Limerick senior hurlers have been drawn away to Westmeath in round one of the All Ireland SHC Qualifiers.

The game will take place on the weekend of July 4/5 in Cusack Park in Mullingar.

Victory in that game would progress TJ Ryan’s men to round two on the weekend of July 11/12 when Limerick would play Laois/Dublin, Wexford/Cork or Offaly/Clare. A repeat pairing against Clare would be avoided.

Limerick are bidding to bounce back from their heaviest Munster championship defeat to Tipperary in 40-years.

After Sunday’s heavy 4-23 to 1-16 loss, Limerick manager TJ Ryan didn’t seek any excuses.

“On the day the intensity and aggression just wasn’t there in the first half - we needed to go in a couple of points up at half time and if we didn’t, who knows but that just wasn’t good enough,” he said with a rueful shake of his head.

“We have work to do,” he sighed.

“We got to regroup when we see the draw and make a plan from there. In fairness to Tipp they did that well last year and we got to go and try to do the same,” he said referencing Tipperary’s run to the All Ireland final after losing to Limerick at this stage of the championship, 12-months ago.

Ryan will have suspended Seanie Tobin and injured goalkeeper Nickie Quaid back for the Qualifiers and hinted that changes could be abound.

“When you get a beating like this there has to be changes,” said Ryan.

“It’s back to the drawing board and see what we can do for the next day with a plan and see if we can build a bit of momentum again. We got to regroup - this is a bad beating for us that we got to take on the chin and move on and try and build a platform for again,” outlined TJ Ryan.