Monday 27 January 2020

Treaty must park pain of missing promotion - Hannon

Declan Hannon. Photo: Sportsfile
Declan Hannon. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Declan Hannon insists Limerick only have themselves to blame after missing out on promotion to Division 1A once more.

Their defeat to Clare in the final round of matches in Division 1B means they'll spend another spring outside the top flight but Hannon is keen to move on from that failure ahead of Sunday's League semi-final clash with Waterford.

"We are giving out in Limerick that we are stuck in 1B but at the end of the day it is our own fault" said the Adare man, who remains a doubt for the clash with the Deise.

"We had enough chances to come out of it but we haven't and that's down to us and of course we were frustrated."

TJ Ryan's Limerick bounced back from that disappointment against Clare to see off Dublin in the League quarter-final a fortnight ago.

In the process they ended the Dubs' five-year unbeaten run in Parnell Park and qualified for the last four of the League for the first time since 2006.

And now Hannon wants his side to deliver against a "big" team for the second game in succession.

"In Limerick we have been bogged down about getting out of 1B. It hasn't happened and we have to park that now," adds Hannon.

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"There's no point in talking about it or worrying about it. Our next focus is the Waterford game and we are trying to put two performances together back to back which we haven't done against good teams.

"In 1B we beat everyone bar Clare - bar the team we had to beat - so the pressure is on us to play well against Waterford. If we put up a good performance then happy days but obviously we want to win."

Hannon has yet to play against Waterford's vaunted system but believes patience is key to breaking down the Munster men.

"It's very tight. They have Tadhg de Burca sitting as a sweeper and you just have to keep the ball away from him because in fairness to him he's unbelievable at what he does, the amount of times he's on the ball throughout the game is just phenomenal.

"Looking on, teams seem to get frustrated. Like, last year in the League semi-final, Tipperary looked as if they had it won but maybe a bit of panic set in or something like that.

"It's about patience. We'll have to come up with a game-plan and just stick to it. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. We're going to have to try something."

"It's a hard system to play against I'd say. They don't seem to deviate from it too much. It's been working for them so why would they change?"

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