Limerick goalkeeper Nicky Quaid has said in an exclusive interview with SportsNewsIRELAND that Laois will be no pushover despite suffering a heavy defeat to Dublin in the Leinster Championship.
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“Laois will be strong, there always a physical side and they had 2 good wins in the U21 championship against Dublin and the other night against Carlow” said Quaid.
Limerick who have been forced to make changes due to the injury of Connor Allis and star forward Declen Hannon is looking forward to the tie especially as it’s a home tie.
“having home advantage is a massive boost for us, we have had to travel away allot this year and it gives us a great opportunity in our preparation for the match to be drawn at home”
Speaking on their opening round Munster championship match which they lost, he said the Limerick players felt that they had the ability to beat Tipperary and that they were lacking in a little bit of experience and that showed in the end. This combined with the experience Tipp were able to draw on from their bench proved to be the decisive elements in how the game panned out.
“the strength on the Tipp bench was unreal, they introduced 5 subs and those 5 led to them getting about 1-8 or 1-9 from scores, or winning frees and that huge when you can introduce players like that.
Limerick have been training hard since the Tipp game and training has being going well according to the Effin man. “Training has being going well and things are coming together nicely, there’s a good buzz with the lads and everyone seems to be happy with the way it’s all being going”
Limerick have made a few changes to the team and the most notable one being stalwart Brian Geary starting at centre forward Saturday evening. Geary who has plenty of championship experience will bring a great addition to the Limerick attack. “brian has a huge amount of championship experience under his belt and he will be a great addition to the forwards as allot of them are still very young”
Geary is joined in the forwards by Niall Moran who starts at full forward, Moran replaces Na Pairsigh’s Kevin Downes at the edge of the square and will be a major threat infront of the Laois goal.
Limerick will have allot to prove to their home supporters who have been waiting on some positive results from the senior hurlers which they have failed to do in the last number of years, having failed to close out games both in the League final against Clare and again against Tipperary in the Munster quarter final, anything but a win will be unacceptable. The winners of Saturday nights tie will have home advantage against Antrim in the next round.
Throw in at the Gaelic Grounds is at 7:30 pm Saturday evening.
Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; S Dowling, B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.