Limerick got their new season off to a winning start in Mallow last night, beating Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling League. While such results aren’t likely to have any major impact come championship, it was a worthwhile exercise for both set-ups to experiment and take a look at players.
Speaking after the game, Treaty boss John Kiely was impressed with what he saw from his side, and was glad of the game.
“We’re both just getting back up on the horse after a long break.
“Overall, I thought it was a good workout for both teams, given the time of the year, the storm held off for a few hours!
“I think it was a good hotly contested game, both sides went at it hammer and tongs, I think at the end of the day all people want is to get a bit of game-time under the belt.”
The story of the evening was the performance of Aaron Gillane, who score 1-09. Last year’s U21 All-Ireland winning hero took on the scoring duty for the seniors, and was a danger throughout.
Kiely revealed they trialled the Patrickswell clubman in the inside forward line, and he was impressed with Gillane’s scoring return.
“You can’t ignore that. He threatened, especially in the inside line, he’d normally be at 10, with the U21s and with the club. We said we’d try him on the inside line tonight. He was a threat, he likes it inside there, and he’s good in the air.”
Considering Gillane’s impressive performance, Kiely may be tempted to keep him deeper in full-forward line in the coming months.