Limerick need win against Meath as relegation threat looms

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The Limerick footballers face an uphill battle in the closing rounds.

The Limerick footballers have been winless since returning to Division Two football

By James Roulston Mooney

The Limerick men’s senior footballers need a win against National Football League Division Two rivals Meath on Sunday or they may find their hopes of remaining in the second tier hanging by a thread.

Ray Dempsey’s have endured a rough start to life under their new boss, with the 24-point defeat to Cork at the weekend leaving them in a tough spot with only three games to maintain their league status.

They sit rooted to the bottom of the league table with a -47 points difference and have the worst defence.

The Treaty County were promoted from Division Three last year alongside Mickey Harte’s Louth but has been much less fortunate than their promoted counterparts.

Harte’s Wee County side were the opponents in Limerick’s closest match of the season, a two-point defeat that preceded the 6-18 to 0-12 drubbing at Páirc Úi Chaoimh at the weekend.

Limerick face a Meath side that are also under new management, with Royal legend Colm O’Rourke at the helm in Leinster.

Meath started their ongoing league campaign with two wins in the opening two rounds, but losses to Louth and Ulster champions Derry have put them adrift of the promotion spots.

O’Rourke and the Royals will be hoping to put their season back on track with a victory at the TUS Gaelic Grounds.

However, Limerick may be as good as condemned to Division Three with a loss, as the two sides above them in the charts – Clare and Kildare – can create a four-point buffer with wins in their matches.

It’s all to play for at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. Throw-in is at 2pm.

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