Final furlong in Limerick's football league relegation battle

Final furlong in Limerick's football league relegation battle

THE Limerick footballers bid to stage their own Easter Rising of sorts this weekend – in Sligo’s Markievicz Park.

Nothing sort of two wins in the final rounds of Division 3 of the Allianz Football League will stop John Brudair’s side being relegated to the basement group.

Indeed even two wins (Sligo and Offaly) could require favourable results elsewhere if three years in the division is not to end.

With just a draw from their opening five games, Limerick travel to Sligo this Easter Sunday in the knowledge that defeat will signal relegation.

Ahead of Sunday’s trip up the west coast, Limerick manager John Brudair is hopeful that former captain Seanie Buckley will be fit. The Dromcollogher-Broadford midfielder limped out of the previous round defeat to Westmeath after just five minutes.

Ahead of the Sligo and Offaly games, Limerick are hoping to repeat last year’s late survival bid.

”Last year it was in our own hands but this year it’s not,” accepted Brudair.

“All we can do it try and bring it to the last day by winning in Sligo. If Westmeath lose this weekend they could become nervy on the last day when anything can happen. We have to prepare properly – we will be using Sligo and Offaly to try and stay in the league and to prepare for the championship,” said Brudair.

“We have met Sligo in three games in the last few years and there is nothing between us. They beat Kildare by one point and we lost to Kildare by one point so it should be a 50-50 game if we go into it with the right attitude,” said Brudair.

The Limerick manager is looking for a late charge from his players, especially after the disappointing display last time out when losing 3-14 to 0-7 to Westmeath.

“We were very disappointed not to follow up the Kildare performance against Westmeath. The tame way we petered out was poor – we have to learn to stay in games when things go wrong but on that game we became deflated. We have to learn how to react to being behind,” he outlined. “We are paying the cost of not getting results in the first two games,” sighed Brudair.

Limerick are hoping to gain some confidence from another creditable display by the county U-21 side.

”There is a huge difference between U-21 and senior. Traditionally only a few make it but we need 9/10 to make it.”