Carlow Senior Footballers look to get back in the promotion mix on Saturday night when they take on Limerick at 7pm in Netwatch Cullen Park.
I honestly expected Turlough O’Briens side to push on after the Westmeath result but the loss at home to London last time out was inexcusable.
So this makes this game all the more important.
Limerick are just down from Division 3 and Carlow have always found it difficult to beat them. This is a view that Manager O’Brien shares.
“Limerick have I suppose over the last 10, 15 years have performed in higher Divisions than Carlow and have acquitted themselves very well and they will be a formidable opponent on Saturday night.
“Like ourselves, they really need these points as well. They have lost the first two games. The first game narrowly to Wexford away and they were probably disappointed with the performance against Westmeath.”
The task at hand is clear to see and as of now Carlow will be without Paul Broderick who was dismissed on a red card in the last game.
I would personally like to see Shane O’Neill in from the start as I have mentioned before and with Broderick missing, Carlow are crying out for a left footed forward who is reliable from frees and O’Neill certainly adds that element and much more.
After the disappointment of the u21’s midweek, the county needs a big lift and a win here would supply just that.
There has been enough positive signs so far this season aside from the London game to indicate that Carlow can win this game, but Limerick will see this as a game they really should win too.
It’s really hard to predict which Carlow turns up on the day, but even if both teams are at their best, I think that Limerick’s track record in this fixture might give them the incentive to get over the line here.
I do hope I am wrong!
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