THE Limerick senior hurlers will have home advantage in Sunday’s National Hurling League quarter-final against Galway.
The game will have a 3.30 start in the Gaelic Grounds.
Both teams had two home games in the round robin series of the NHL and therefore a coin toss at the meeting in Croke Park this Monday lunch time determined that Limerick would have home venue for the game.
The winner of the Limerick v Galway quarter final will play either Kilkenny or Wexford in the semi-final.
Against Galway, Limerick will look to bounce back from the disappointment of losing out on promotion for a fourth successive season.
Limerick beat Laois on Sunday in their final round game but failed to finish top of Division 1B after the draw against Offaly the previous week.
Galway will come to Limerick after finishing in third place in Division 1A.
Given that his side were seven points down at half-time and still six in arrears 15 minutes into the second half, Limerick joint-manager TJ Ryan had to be pleased that his side dug out a win in Portlaoise on Sunday.
They still missed out on promotion but it was last week’s draw in Offaly that cost them, not anything that happened in this game.
Limerick once again put in a poor first half before improving greatly in the second.
“The second-half performance was good,” said Ryan as he spoke to the media after the game.
“I’d be happy with that. In fairness we weren’t in a great position at half time, I know the breeze was strong but we stood off them a bit too much and let them play. But we played well in the second half and we picked off some good scores.
“It wasn’t easy and in fairness Laois made it difficult in the second half but it was a good performance in the second half.”
Limerick were unbeaten in Division 1B but promotion eludes them once again after they finished a point behind Cork.
“Look, from our point of view, we’ve gone unbeaten through the division. Last week’s slip up cost us promotion but we still have a league quarter-final.
“That’s a big test for us now. The teams that play in Division 1A have it more competitive and it’s a good game for us but our first halves will have to improve.”
Sorting out those problems is a job for the training ground this week.
“We created a few goal chances early on and didn’t take them and Laois grew in confidence after that. 1-9 to 0-5 down at half time wasn’t a great position to be in but in fairness to the players they sorted it out in the second half.
“I’d say the breeze was a factor in the first half and then they played a sweeper system in the second half which worked for them. We probably stood off them a bit much but it’s something to improve on for next week.
“Have to be happy with the win but there’s work to be done. Unbeaten in the division is good but still a small bit disappointed with last week.”