Dowling anxious that Limerick perform in Croke Park

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Shane Dowling, Limerick, in action against Wexford's Matthew O'Hanlon, left, and Richie Kehoe
MAN of the Match Shane Dowling is happy that Limerick finally get the chance to right the wrongs of August 18 last year.

MAN of the Match Shane Dowling is happy that Limerick finally get the chance to right the wrongs of August 18 last year.

John Allen’s men went to Croke Park as Munster champions on the crest of a wave only to be caught up on a Clare tide as Davy Fitzgerald’s men were 1-22 to 0-18 winners.

“Everyone in Limerick knows that last year in Croke Park we didn’t perform to what we can and at least we are getting a chance to right that this year,” stressed Dowling.

“You want to strive to get to Croke Park because that means your in a semi-final - it’s very important to get to Croke Park for development alone,” outlined the Na Piarsiagh man.

“That’s where we want to play,” said Dowling of Croker.

His tally of 2-8 helped Limerick to overcome Wexford but fellow Leinster men Kilkenny are next.

“They are flying it this year - well they are flying it since I was in nappies,” smiled the 21 year old.

“We will turn up and give it a hell of a shot,” he vowed.

“We have two weeks and we are going to have to fine tune a couple of things.”

But he was happy with the progress since losing the Munster final, with lessons clearly learned.

“This is a great win - I thought we were unlucky that last time when a couple of things didn’t go our way and we wanted to put that right today. Obviously Wexford were out the last couple of weeks so we were right keen to lead early on. It was a great performance and overall we are very happy. We got the goals today and we didn’t get them the last day and as they say goals win matches and that was the case today. Not only do goals win matches but they deflate the opposition and lifts your game.”