Laois produced by far their worst performance under Teddy McCarthy, as Limerick coasted to an emphatic victory on Sunday afternoon, as the home side turned in only token resistance, with two late goals in either half and some brilliant saves from Eoin Reilly saving them from real embarrassment.
This was a particularly disappointing display coming after the heavy defeat to Offaly, but on this occasion only a few players could be happy with their displays, with so many giving lifeless performances in front of an obviously angry manager.
Always loath to criticise Laois hurlers, it was hard to watch so many players outplayed, as many seemed disinterested and did not compete with their immediate opponents particularly from midfield onwards, while most were way off the pace in terms of fitness and first touch, with poor striking letting them down as well.
Laois’ promotion to Division 1B was seen as an opportunity to learn and improve, but it is doubtful after just two games played that will happen. They haven’t competed in either of their league games and with high flying Clare next on the list, it would take a massive turnaround to even give them a game.
See this Wednesday’s Leinster Express (March 15) for full report, reaction and a look ahead to this weekend’s game with Laois.