Wicklow next up for unbeaten footballers

AFTER A week’s break, the Limerick footballers return to League action this Sunday when they welcome Wicklow to Mick Neville Park in the Allianz National Football League. Limerick deservedly top the Division Four table with three wins from three as they have started 2020 magnificently with six consecutive wins when you include their victorious McGrath Cup campaign.

Limerick’s win over Carlow in the last round will give Billy Lee’s side huge confidence as they overcame the home side despite being three points down heading into extra time. Iain Corbett’s last-minute point from the penalty spot ensuring Limerick remained at 100% after Bob Childs found the net with time running out.

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 11/5/2019 Tipperary vs Limerick Limerick’s Iain Corbett Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

In the aftermath of the game, Billy Lee was happy with his sides performance after all looked lost entering the closing stages of the contest.

“We have to be happy. We’re improving out performances. Coming up to Carlow, one of the top teams in our division.

“To be losing by three points in injury time to digging it out. The last minute going at that kick out is what we want and it won’t always work but once you’re trying and working, that door will eventually open.”

Now Limerick face a Wicklow side who currently occupy second place in the league with two wins and a loss from their opening encounters. The Leinster side started their league campaign with a loss to Carlow but have responded in impressive fashion with wins over Waterford and Sligo to propel themselves up the table.

Wicklow will provide a stiff challenge to Limerick and accounted for the Treaty men in impressive fashion in Aughrim last year winning out 2-8 to 1-6 while the scheduled game in 2018 was never played due to poor weather conditions. Limerick have to go back to the final round of the league in 2017 for their last victory over the garden county when they were 2-13 to 2-9 winners in Newcastle West.

Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Round 2, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow 14/12/2019 Wicklow vs Kildare A general view of Aughrim Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Grealy

As such, Lee is fully aware of the importance of this game and the threat of the opposition.

“It’s a home game and you have to be winning your home games. We’ve only three home games. We saw against London at home that we didn’t perform well so we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground.”

“We’ll regroup, enjoy that we’re winning games again but keep our feet on the ground.”

Yet, if Limerick can come away with a fourth successive League win, then they will be well on their way to earning promotion with games against Antrim, Wexford and Sligo to come.

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