Pat Gilroy’s men will hope to build on their recent win over Antrim in Division 1B
Limerick v Dublin
Saturday, February 17th. 7:00pm
An evening throw in is down for the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick tonight as the Dublin hurlers will go in search of their second win in this year’s League campaign. But it won’t be an easy task with the Shannonsiders are already two for two and looking a convincing unit.
Dublin’s opening night was a blow out with Offaly leaving 0-11 between them exiting Croke Park, and the following week Limerick left Offaly trailing by 0-17. Add their opening day 1-25 to 0-18 victory over Laois and you see the comfortable position this Limerick side are in.
2016 was the last time Dublin and Limerick squared off in the league and two scores were the difference with Limerick seeing the Dubs out of the Quarter Finals.
Dublin however are by no means out, and that last gasp score by Donal Burke in Corrigan Park may well be the catalyst for an improved performance to come. If Gilroy’s men can secure another away victory it will make their meeting against Galway in Parnell Park next weekend that little less pressured.
Pat Gilroy continues to plan without the Cuala contingency, with the Dalkey side defeating Liam Mellows to set up a second consecutive All Ireland Final against Na Piarsaig on St. Patrick’s Day.
But despite the opening defeat and close win to date, Donal Burke and the return of Paul Ryan have ensured the absence of David Treacy has been softened, and if the Dublin defence can reduce the free count to stop Aaron Gillane’s threat with the dead ball, we could be in for a real treat.
Throw in is 7:00pm
Dublin Starting 15: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Bill O’Carroll, Eoghan O’Donnell; Shane Barrett, Chris Crummey, Tomás Connolly; Cian McBride, Niall McMorrow; Fionntan Mac Gib, Fergal Whitely, Danny Sutcliffe; Conal Keaney, Cian Boland, Donal Burke.
Limerick Starting 15: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Seamus Hickey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Paul Browne, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Tom Morrissey, David Reidy; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Barry Murphy.
Allianz League Division 1B to date:
Dublin 1-15 Offaly 2-25
Limerick 1-25 Laois 0-18
Galway 1-19 Antrim 1-16
Offaly 0-10 Limerick 1-24
Antrim 0-22 Dublin 0-23
Laois 0-17 Galway 2-18
Round 3 Fixtures:
Limerick v Dublin
Laois v Antrim
Galway v Offaly