Limerick footballers need a Model victory

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

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LIMERICK football manager John Brudair has urged his players to prove that last Sunday’s heavy defeat to Roscommon is not their ‘true form’.

LIMERICK football manager John Brudair has urged his players to prove that last Sunday’s heavy defeat to Roscommon is not their ‘true form’.

This Sunday Limerick play Wexford in round four of Division Three of the Allianz National Football League in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.00.

Last Sunday. after a disastrous first half Limerick trailed 1-14 to 0-3 - eventually losing 1-21 to 0-13 to Roscommon.

This Tuesday night, Brudair and his management team dissected the performance with their players.

“You have to take these kind of results on the chin and plough on,” said Brudair.

“In the first half we just didn’t show up - it was everything was had talked about before the game like turning over the ball, a good attitude and all the small things that count at this level were just not there.”

Brudair and selectors Declan Brouder and Mike Fahy were left frustrated and the statistics offered little solace.

“When you start to turn over the ball it can become a bit of an epidemic and that’s what happened - we turned over the ball 19-times in the first half. We were in their half 24 times and only got three points,” outlined Brudair.

Limerick were the 2/1 outsiders for the game in Kiltoom but no one would have foreseen an 11-point loss.

“We asked them at half time to forget about the first half and to go out and play the second half in its merits. I think we won the second half by two points but obviously they had made a number of substitutions and its hard to know if they were as focused but what I can say is that our lads didn’t drop their heads.”

Limerick could welcome back Pa Ranahan for Sunday’s clash with Wexford. The Ballysteen defender missed the Roscommon defeat due to family commitments.

Another that is understood to be close to making the match day panel is John Galvin.

Limerick have used 25-players (20 in starting roles) in the three league games to-date - against Sligo, Longford and Roscommon.

Seven were league debuts - Gearoid Hegarty, Micheal Brosnan, Eoin Hanrahan, Killian Phair, Derry McCarthy, Mike Fitzgibbon and Danny Neville.