Make-or-break time for Limerick footballers in Offaly

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Limerick's Johnny McCarthy in action against Thomas Corrigan, Fermanagh
THE Limerick senior footballers are facing into two vital games to save their Division 3 league status.

THE Limerick senior footballers are facing into two vital games to save their Division 3 league status.

Limerick travel to O’Connor Park in Tullamore this Sunday (3.00) in the first of the make-or-break ties.

John Brudair’s side will complete their National Football League campaign with a home game against already promoted Cavan on April 6.

Ahead of the weekend, Limerick are locked on four points with Fermanagh, Longford, Sligo and Wexford in a congested league table.

Sunday’s opponents Offaly are without a win after five rounds of action.

Two of the six sides will be relegated to the basement division for 2015.

Limerick manager John Brudair will have captain Seanie Buckley and John Riordan available for selection after missing the nine-point loss to Fermanagh two weeks ago.

Buckley is back after injury, while Riordan returns after club commitments.

The manager reports that injured U-21 player Stephen Cahill is the only panel member not in contention to play on Sunday.

“A good start is vital because we can’t afford to get over run again like the Roscommon and Fermanagh games,” said John Brudair.

“We have to remember that we have a lot of young players and they can feel the pressure if we don’t get off to a confident start.”

The manager revealed that the panel had addressed the below par performances of recent games.

“We had a break after the Fermanagh game as the U-21s were playing. We met back up on the Friday night and had a team meeting to look at ourselves,” explained Brudair.

“It’s hard to explain why we have been so flat but we have to work our way into the game on Sunday early-on. That would give us confidence - it’s small margins at this level.”

The bookies make Limerick the 8/13 favourites to get their third win of the season on Sunday.

“We have seen Offaly games on DVD and in the Longord game in particular they had the chances to win and with Niall McNamee and Peter Cunningham they have players that can score,” said Brudair ahead of the vital game.