Reigning champions, UL, have left themselves with a mountain to climb in their tough group following their Round 1 loss to UCC in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup.
The Limerick side fell by six points in their only home game of the group stages as Kerry’s Shane Conway inspired their Cork rivals to victory, scoring nine points of their 0-26 total, while substitute, Robbie O’Flynn also impressed with three points from play.
UL manager, Gary Kirby, had no qualms about the result, insisting that his team came out second best on the day.
“I don’t think we performed the way we can perform. Look, we just need to regroup again for next Thursday above in NUIG which will not be easy.”
“They were lively. They were sharper than us. I suppose it’s the first time a lot of these guys played together since we started so it’s hard.”
“But, that’s no excuse, we just have to knuckle down again.”
They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves on Thursday as they travel to Galway for their second-round clash with NUIG.
The Galway side played out a riveting draw with UCD in David Billings Park yesterday. Evan Niland was the key man for them as his accuracy from frees put the visitors two points ahead with minutes, only for two late frees from Rory Hayes forcing the draw.
UL will be hoping to welcome back some of their star names for that encounter on Dangan. The six-time winners were without Limerick’s Barry Nash and Kyle Hayes for yesterday’s game, while Tipperary U21 winner, Brian McGrath and Kilkenny’s Alan Murphy were also ruled out through injury.
“It’s touch and go with a few of them. Alan Murphy is touch and go. Barry Nash should be with us. I think Rory Hayes should be OK, hopefully, by Thursday, but Kyle Hayes definitely won’t be back. Brian McGrath we’re not sure about yet, we’ll just have to wait and see.”