Limerick look to build a London foundation in Allianz Football League

Jerome O'Connell

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Limerick look to build a London foundation in Allianz Football League

Limerick football manager Billy Lee

THE Limerick footballers are London bound this Sunday for their opening round game in Division Four of the Allianz League.

Last year the sides finished level when they also met in Ruislip. 

The London draw and a win over Waterford were the only positive results from the 2018 league and Billy Lee’s side meet both in the opening rounds this time round.

“Wicklow, Waterford, Limerick and London were on a par with eachother last year when you look at the league where there was nothing between them. I think each manager there will be targeting them three matches against eachother and that’s the truth of it. London will be no different and will be targeting us and that’s our starting point,” Billy Lee told LeaderSport.

Lee and his selectors; Brian Begley, Sean Kiely and Seamus O’Donnell have confirmed a 39-man panel for the league with 12 that saw action last year no longer involved.

“I am getting feedback from the lads and they are happy with the way that it is going and feel themselves that we are moving on. To the Limerick public they won’t see that because they are not with us on the daily basis and they judge on results and I get that and understand but the lads do feel we are coming together and eventually we will get there and it’s just of matter of hoping that we get there on Sunday,” said Lee of his players.

A 17-point McGrath Cup loss to Cork and challenge games with Clare, Offaly and UL have prepared Limerick for the league.

“Every game will be hard fought for every point and that’s the way it has been.  You have to have character and belief in yourself and this team are trying to build that – they are eager,” said Lee.

“It’s very much a learning process but you get sick of learning processes – when are we going to come off that learning curve and that's the objective. We have to keep soldiering – it’s hard work for everyone but we need to have the character and strength to believe in ourselves and push on,” said Lee ahead of his third season.

"They feel they are growing and that builds confidence so now we need to take that onto the field - every game will be hard fought for every point and that’s the way it has been. You have to have character and belief in yourself and this team are trying to build that – they are eager. We have to keep soldiering – it’s hard work for everyone but we need to have the character and strength to believe in ourselves and push on," said the Limerick manager.