LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan has promised plenty of new faces will get game time in his side over the coming weeks.
Limerick commenced their 2016 season yesterday with an 11-point win over Kerry in the new Munster Senior Hurling League. Ryan used seven members of Limerick All Ireland U-21 hurling panel and said that they and more would be used games against Waterford, Cork and Clare over the next three weekends.
“You will more of them over the coming weeks,” said Ryan of the U-21 newcomers.
For Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Sean Finn (Bruff), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Pat Ryan (Doon) and Mike Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Sunday was a first senior appearance.
“There are a good lot of young fellas in the squad at the moment and over the next three Sundays the new format to the Munster League will give us the opportunity to give them game time and have a proper look at the fellas we want to have a look at,” explained the Limerick manager.
“To be honest a competition like this is better than challenge games because they is something to play for and you want to win the games and you get a proper look at fellas. The format allows us to go and try players because we have four structured games over four weekends and I think its a good idea. You will see a different team next week with new players.”
Next Sunday Limerick travel away to play Waterford and then the following Sunday are away to Cork before the final group game at home to Clare on January 24.
”It’s a winning start and we have a 100% record in 2016. I thought the lads played well in the first half and we had 1-14 on the board by half time. Maybe the finish we would’nt be overly happy with because Kerry seemed to be finishing that bit stronger but look a wins a win. We created a few more goal scoring opportunities and in fairness to the Kerry keeper he made one or two very good saves,” said Ryan.