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League season begins for Limerick ladies footballers

THE Lidl National Football League commences this Sunday for the Limerick ladies footballers.

Limerick play Carlow away this Sunday in the first of seven group games in Division Four.

Limerick’s first home game will be on Saturday February 3 against Antrim. Games follow against Wicklow, Kilkenny, Louth, Derry and Fermanagh.

Limerick won this league title in 2016 but were relegated back down to the bottom division last season.

John Ryan was appointed Limerick’s new junior football manager on December 19. He is joined by coach Jim Moran (Mungret) and selector Paul Butler (St Ailbes) with liaison officer Aideen Fitzpatrick.

Ryan was Limerick minor football manager last season and Ryan previously worked with Limerick U-21 football sides and served as county junior football manager. Back in 2006 he coached Mungret St Pauls to a county intermediate ladies football title. 

Coach Jim Moran coached Mungret to the 2017 Limerick Premier Minor Football title. Ryan and Moran previously worked together at Sigerson Cup under Liam Kearns and other levels with football teams in UL.

“There has been a real positive reaction so far. From the first meeting with the girls in the Woodlands Hotel, they have responded well,” Jim Moran said this week.

”Our objective is not to be one-season-wonders but to try and build a brand for Limerick ladies football – Limerick is the third biggest city in Ireland and are playing in Division Four of the ladies football league. We need to be up in Division One or Two,” said Moran.

”What we need is for everyone to commit to the panel and to pull on the Limerick jersey and bring this team up to the highest level. In fairness John is taking calls on a daily basis from girls looking to commit for the year – the feedback is obviously good from our training and team meetings,” said the Limerick coach.

“We are down to play Carlow on Sunday and there are eight teams in the group with the top four to reach the semi finals. I won’t say that the season has been a failure if we don’t get promoted but we would love to be up in Division Three next season.”

Limerick are still working with an open-ended panel but among those key to success will be Kathy Mee, Olivia Giltenane, Loretta Hanley, Niamh Holland and Kristine Reidy.

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