Limerick ladies football manager, John Ryan has admitted that his side find themselves in “bonus territory” as they prepare to take on Louth in the All Ireland Junior Final on Sunday in Croke Park.
The county has already experienced joy in Croke Park this summer, with their senior hurlers capturing the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time in 45 years and Ryan is hoping that his team can carry on the winning momentum.
“We got a buzz off their win, 100 percent. The girls would be friendly with some of the players and vice versa and I would be friendly with some of the management. We were delighted for them and they are the same with us. They’re delighted with us heading up here on Sunday for an All Ireland final.”
GAA fans in Limerick are hungry for more success and the ladies football team are hoping to benefit from their support, with stars from across the sporting world getting behind the team.
“We had the breakfast morning [on Tuesday] which was very positive and very well attended. It was very well supported by businesses and by Limerick people and supporters. We had a great panel there. You had John Kiely, Tipperary manager, Liam Kearns, Niamh Briggs and Joy Neville.”
“So it was very, very positive and we can only take that positivity with us, hopefully, to the Limerick dressing room on Sunday and out on the pitch directly afterwards.”
The Treaty county face Louth on Sunday, a team they know very well having met twice in Division 4 of the National League earlier this year. On both occasions, Ryan’s team came out on the losing side. He insists that a win on Sunday isn’t the final goal, instead, they are looking to the future.
“We know Louth have beaten us twice this year and beaten us very well so we know where we’re at. They’re the favourites going into it. Look, we’re coming up here while trying to build a squad for the future.”
“It’s about building a team together that can drive Limerick ladies football on and I think we’ve surpassed that this year. We’re in bonus territory here in an All Ireland final. We’re just delighted for the players, for the clubs, for their families and the work that the players have put in since we started in early January. It’s unbelievable.”
Throw in for the Ladies Football All-Ireland senior final between Dublin and Cork is at 4pm on Sunday, 16 September at Croke Park. Earlier in the day, Limerick and Louth meet in the junior final at 11.45am while Meath and Tyrone clash in the intermediate final at 1.45pm.