LIMERICK’S All Ireland SFC Qualifier away to Tyrone has been confirmed for Sunday June 28 at 4.00 in Healy Park in Omagh.
Most qualifier games in round one take place on Saturdays but scheduling the Limerick and Tyrone game proved difficult due to the staging of the National Cycling Championships, and the subsequent road closures, in Omagh that weekend.
Ahead of the trip to Omagh, Limerick manager John Brudair insists the game is a ‘reward not punishment’.
“It is a huge test but it is a great game to look forward to - a great opportunity to test yourself against one of the best teams around,” said Brudair.
“We were disgusted the way the Clare game went and now we have to look at the next test and that is Tyrone - it can be punishment or reward and I see it as a reward to be playing against a team like them. The Clare game was a game we know we should have won - last year Tipperary was a game we didn’t deserve to win.”
Last week’s qualifier threw up the first ever championship meeting with Tyrone.
The bookies make Limerick the 10/1 outsiders to beat Mickey Harte’s side, who are 1/25 favourites.
“We are a young team and most of them haven’t played against Tyrone. On any given day there are upsets - they are overwhelming favourites and they would to overwhelming favourites if we were playing in Drom never mind up there,” said Brudair.
Limerick and Tyrone have never met in senior championship football but did meet in the 2000 All Ireland U-21 football final, when Tyrone were 3-12 to 0-13 winners. There are no survivors in either team from that Mullingar final.
John Brudair’s Limerick are bidding to bounce back from a 0-15 to 0-13 loss to Clare in the Munster SHC after a very poor first half display.